Shaparak Saleh and Ahmed El Far were recently appointed as Delegates to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. The role involves actively participating in Commission activities and initiatives and sharing expertise in order to provide thought leadership.

The Commission comprises practising lawyers, arbitrators, mediators, in-house counsel, corporate representatives, and academics, who are thought leaders and experts in the field of international dispute resolution. Its mission is to gather expertise on arbitration and ADR across the ICC network, including producing reports and recommendations to foster understanding and raise awareness of practical, procedural, and legal issues in the field. The Commission also provides input on proposed modifications of dispute resolution rules applied in ICC Dispute Resolution Services.

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Shaparak is a partner in the Paris office. She has acted as counsel in a large number of commercial arbitrations both ad hoc and institutional, including under the ICC, IEMA, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and VIAC rules. Her experience includes post-M&A disputes, and disputes in the construction, energy, aeronautics, space, telecommunications, food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical sectors, relating to projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Shaparak also has broad experience in pre- and post-arbitration litigation before the French courts, having represented clients in some 25 set-aside proceedings. She is recognised in Global Arbitration ReviewWho’s Who Legal, and Décideurs.


Ahmed, an associate in the London office, has represented companies, States, and State-owned entities in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and CRCICA, with a particular focus on arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors.

Ahmed is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, published by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His recent publications include the monograph on Abuse of Rights in International Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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