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Philip Punwar is published in ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’

Philip Punwar has written a chapter on Advocacy in leading publication ‘The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration’.

The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration aims to provide a unique insight into how leading arbitrators of the Middle East and North Africa approach a number of core procedural and substantive law issues in arbitrations seated in the MENA region. The publication is described as being written by a “Who’s Who” of leading arbitrators in MENA. Philip Punwar was invited to author Chapter 15; Advocacy.

About the publication

Apart from taking the reader through the main procedural milestones of a MENA-seated arbitration, it also deals with some of the key subjects of arbitration in the region, such as the question of arbitrability, the fundamental distinction between institutional and ad hoc arbitration, the powers and duties of arbitrators sitting in the MENA, the role of the national courts in their capacity as curial and supervisory courts in the arbitration, fees and costs in MENA arbitration and the often vexed topic of public policy, to name a few.

At the substantive law level, the reader will benefit inter alia from insiders’ views on force majeure and hardship in the MENA region. The title also examines specific types and industry sectors of arbitration, starting with free zone arbitration, which has made its debut in the Middle East, investment arbitration and arbitration in construction, oil and gas, maritime, and banking and finance. Finally, the title also features a number of topical contributions on gender and diversity in MENA arbitration. The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration is a must-have for anyone with a practice or an interest in arbitration in the MENA.

Chapter 15; Advocacy

Philip Punwar was invited to author Chapter 15 on the subject of Advocacy.

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This publication, due for release in Q1 2023, is currently available for pre-order via

Read the full Table of Contents here.

About Philip Punwar

With more than twenty-five years’ arbitration experience, Philip has represented clients before most major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. His recent arbitral engagements have concerned real-estate Mega Projects in the Gulf, investment treaty claims arising out of the MENA and South Asia regions, aircraft charter agreements, concession agreements in the water sector and technology disputes in the finance and healthcare sectors. His work has spanned the Middle East, USA and Asia. Philip has been a Chartered Arbitrator since 2001 and has been a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2010. He has acted as sole, party nominated and presiding arbitrator in ad hoc, ICC, DIAC and LCIA arbitrations seated in the Middle East and Europe. He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) Panel of Arbitrators and the International Panel of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA). 

Find out more

To find out more about Philip, please contact Sam Carter on +44 (0)203 989 6669 or Colin Bunyan on +44 (0)20 7427 4886 for a confidential discussion.

External Publications 30 Jan, 2023


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