Zeyad Gomaa

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Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

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• Ph.D. Researcher (Doctor of Philosophy)
Areas of research and interests: Private International Law, Conflict of Laws, Conflict of Jurisdictions, and International Arbitration.
Dissertation: “Impacts of the Seat of Arbitration on the Arbitral Process”.
Institution: College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham, UK.

• Master of Laws (LL.M) - 2012
Area of study: International & Comparative Laws with special emphasis on International Comparative Business Law.
Thesis Subject: "Unlawful Monopolistic Practices in Egyptian and American Competition Laws – A Comparative Study-‘’.
Institution: Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

• Master of Laws (LL.M) in 2010
- Post Graduate Higher Education Diploma in International Trade Law in May 2009
Graduation Thesis: “Arbitration Agreements in International Joint Ventures".

- Post Graduate Higher Education Diploma in Private Law in May 2010
Graduation Thesis: "Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in Egypt"
Institution: Faculty of Law, Ain Shams University

• Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 2008
Institution: Faculty of Law, English Language Section, Mansoura University – May 2008


Zeiad is a licensed legal counselor with 14 years of post-qualification experience. He currently acts as legal director and head of dispute resolution at MTA Mohammed Allinjawi Advocates & Legal Consultants’ Dubai offices.

Areas of experience: Arbitration Law, Commercial Law, Civil Law, Civil and Tortuous Liabilities, Corporate Law, Contract Law, Maritime Law, Construction Law, Banking Laws, Capital Markets Laws, and Hospitality.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Title of thesis: Impacts of the Seat of Arbitration on the Arbitral Process
Supervisors: Professor Nelson Enonchong and Mr David Holloway
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


This study aims to conduct a comprehensive research on the role of the seat of arbitration and its impact on the arbitral process. For that purpose, it attempts to find a proper definition to the idea of the seat of arbitration. It seeks to provide an analysis of the seat theory and the countervailing delocalization theory. It further attempts to trace and analyze the origin and development of the seat of arbitration and its functions in different legal instruments in theory and in practice. This study then explores how the seat of arbitration can be determined in the absence of the parties’ agreement under different laws. It further attempts to analyze the role of the seat in the key aspects of international arbitration from the composition of the tribunal, through the powers granted to the court of the seat, and up to the recognition and enforcement of the award under comparative legal systems.

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• Member of the Egyptian Bar Association since 2009
• Registered Legal Counselor at Dubai Ruler’s Court

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