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Establishment

The International Islamic Mediation & Arbitration Centre (IMAC) is an independent international institution established pursuant to resolution by The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry signed on 31st of July 2008 in Hong Kong and consultation with and The International Chamber of Commerce. Its objectives are:
  • Conducting mediations and arbitrations;
  • Promotion of international commercial arbitration;
  • Coordinating the activities of, and offering assistance to, existing arbitration institutions in the region;
  • Providing assistance to ad hoc arbitrations, including acting as appointing authority, particularly in cases where they are taking place in accordance with the UNCITRAL Rules;
  • Providing assistance in the enforcement of arbitral awards;
  • Providing assistance in the settlement of disputes.
Duties

IMAC’s main duty shall be to organize and be also active in:
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • Expert Determination
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
Rules

Arbitration proceedings administered by IMAC shall be governed by the Arbitration Rules, which essentially follow the UNCITRAL rules of arbitration. Certain aspects of these rules, however, have been modified in order to take into consideration the institutional character of arbitrations that will be conducted under the Shariah Rules of Arbitration of IMAC.

Moreover, the most recent experience of other major arbitration institutions has also been incorporated in the Rules of Arbitration of IMAC. Lord Edwin E. Hitti, President of The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in Hong Kong and Mr. Anthony Chan, Chairman of The International Chamber of Commerce, in Hong Kong, reviewed the Rules on 31st of July 2008.

Arbitration Advisory Board

To enhance the quality of proceedings that will be conducted under the Rules of Arbitration and to offer higher independence and impartiality in the implementation of the Rules, the constitution of an Arbitration Board has been foreseen in the Internal Regulations.

The Director shall consult with the Arbitration Advisory Board, on all matters relating to the implementation of the Rules of Arbitration and especially on the appointment and replacement of arbitrators. Furthermore, decisions with respect to challenge of an arbitrator shall be made by a committee comprising three members of the Arbitration Board.

Following requests made by the Director, Justice Oussama Ajouz, Doctor Walid El Kusbari and Justice Ann Seffraoui have accepted to act as Members of the Arbitration Board of IMAC. All three personalities are outstanding lawyers with wide experience in international arbitration. After consultation with the Secretary General of IMAC, they have been appointed as members of the Arbitration Board.

The acceptance by these personalities to act as Members of the Arbitration Board will undoubtedly enhance the integrity and independence of IMAC.


Use of IMAC Arbitration Rules

As a result of meetings held with lawyers and other professionals, IMAC is now quite known between specialists in the Region. Based on information received, during 2008, the insertion of IMAC arbitration clause will gain momentum in various type of contracts pertaining to general trade, oil well drilling both on-shore and off-shore and related services, bank guarantees, etc. In addition, IMAC was informed that its arbitration clause has been included in new types of contracts such as those concluded in the telecommunications sector and to the export credit.

Considering its central position in South East Asia vis-à-vis the Arab World area, IMAC is confident that it shall become a major instrument for fair and independent settlement of disputes.


Arbitrators Panel

Ibrahim ABUNAMEH
Practicing lawyer, graduate of Tunis University L.L.B, holder of Diploma from Bourguiba Institute for Life Languages, Diploma from Tour Institute in the French Civilization. Member of the Drafting Committee for the Jordanian Arbitration Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - London U.K., the Jordan Arbitrators Association, and the International Bar Association.
Koorosh H. AMELI
Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; member, Expert Group and Steering Committee of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; member, International Law Association, Committee on International Arbitration, and Study Group on International Responsibility; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Homayoon ARFAZADEH
Attorney-at-Law Geneva & New York, Ph.D. International law, LL.M. New York University Fellow, Swiss National Research Fund (FNRS), Lic. Iur., University of Geneva School of Law, Consultant, WTO/UNCTAD International Trade Centre, Geneva, Legal Counsel, Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur.

Bennar BALKAYA
Attorney at Law, Istanbul, International Practice Diploma in International Arbitration, College of Law of England and Wales, LL.M. in Law of International Commerce and European Union, Istanbul Commerce University, Certificate in Private International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, LL.B. Marmara University, Faculty of Law Istanbul.

Ike EHIRIBE
Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, and Accredited Mediator, LL.B (Hons) Lagos, B.L., FCIArb, FSIArb, Q.D.R., Notary Public for Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Communications & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme (CISAS), Panel of Neutrals W.I.P.O. ( Geneva).
Raed Mounir FATHALLAH
Solicitor (England & Wales) / Avocat aux Barreaux de Paris et du Québec, member of ICC Lebanon - Lebanese National Committee on Arbitration, Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC), London Court of International Arbitration, International Law Association (British Branch), American Society of International Law, British Institute of International & Comparative Law; and Canadian Council on International Law.
Abdulaziz M. JARKAS
B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Construction Engineering & Management, Specialties Design, Projects Management, Construction Contracts, Mediation and Arbitration, Dispute Resolution.
Jin Huang
LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. Private International Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Sports Arbitration, Arbitrator, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Muhammad Khalid JAVAID
LL.B, Degree. B.A, Graduation Degree. Certificate in Islamic law. DBA. DIT. Member of the Punjab Bar Association Lahore , Pakistan.
Dr. Mohsen Mohebi
Arbitrator and/or Counsel in Arbitrations, "Docteur en Droit" (Ph. D) Louvain-la-Neuve University, Belgium; "Master in Law" Shahid Beheshti University; "Bachelor in Law" Tehran University. Member of ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris); Senior Legal Advisor to the Bureau of International Legal Services (BILS); Director of BILS office at the Hague (NL) in charge of the arbitration cases pending before Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (The Hague). Secretary General, Arbitration Centre of Iran Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Colin Yee Cheng ONG
Lawyer and Arbitrator, Barrister of England & Wales at Essex Court Chambers (London) and of 3 Verulam Buildings (London); Advocate & Solicitor of Brunei Darussalam; Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore; Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London); Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute LLB (Hons) (University of Sheffield); Barrister at Law of Inner Temple (1991); LLM (London); Ph.D (London); Diploma Int'l Commercial Arbitration; Chartered Arbitrator; .... of New Zealand.
S. Ahmed SARWANA
Former Judge, High Court (Court of Appeal) of Sindh, Senior Advocate (QC), Supreme Court of Pakistan, LL.M.Univ. Of Pennsylvania, USA, LL.B.Univ. of Karachi, Pakistan , B.A. Univ. of Karachi, Pakistan, President, High Court Rules Committee, Chairman, High Court I.T. Committee, Chairman, Disciplinary Committee, Sindh Bar Council, Member of ICC Commission on Arbitration, London Court of International Arbitration, WIPO International Arbitrators and Mediators, Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

Dr. Christos A. THEODOULOU
Barrister-at-Law, London, U.K. Licence and PhD in Political Science Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales of Geneva, Switzerland PhD Specialist in Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation, IP Law, Commercial Law, Arbitration and Mediation, International Law, Constitutional Law, Member of the WIPO Panel of Neutrals.

Joseph Manue TIRADO
Solicitor-advocate, a CEDR Accredited Mediator, Dip.Com.Lit., Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Law Society, LSFE, College of Law, Chester, B.A. (Hons), Hispanic Studies, University of Birmingham, England, and University of Valencia, affiliate TRAC Arbitrator Panel, ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, CEDR Solve Panel Member, CEDR Accredited Mediator, CEDR Commission on Settlement in Arbitration, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Former CPR European Advisory Committee, ICC Commission on International Arbitration Task Force, ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee. International Bar Association, Mediation Committee Country Representative; Committees D (Arbitration and ADR) and O (International Litigation).
Veeraraghavan INBAVIJAYAN
Graduate of Dr.Ambedkar Government Law College, University of Madras, member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, accredited as an arbitrator by HKIAC, CIETAC, RCAKL, CRCICA, ICADR, areas of practice includes international commercial arbitration, maritime arbitration, international trade & contracts, intellectual property rights, construction disputes, finance disputes, securities arbitration, joint ventures, banking law, documentary credits (L/Cs), ADR, sale of goods and investment disputes.
Robert VOLTERRA
Barrister and Solicitor Advocate (Civil Rights of Higher Audience) of the Supreme Court, Faculty of Law of England and Wales, University of London, UCL, International Boundary Law University of London, SOAS and Kings College, London, Research Centre for International Law, LL.M.i, University of Cambridge, UK, LRW and Public International Law, LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, B.A. (international relations), University of Western Ontario.


Services

IMAC offers the following facilities:
  • Arbitration rooms
  • Negotiation rooms
  • Legal services
  • Interpretation and translation
  • Notarization
  • Secretarial, Fax, copy, etc…
  • Internet Access
  • Information and Reference Libraries access
  • Adjacent to transportation facilities, park, banks and restaurants
  • Training, Workshops, Conferences & Seminars


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