Mahmoud Mourad 2018-10-18T22:33:37+00:00

Mahmoud Mourad

Senior Fellow – Egypt

Mahmoud Mourad serves as legal counsel for the government of Dubai. He is also a mediator with the Arab Mediation Center in Cairo.

About Mahmoud Mourad

Mahmoud Mourad serves as legal counsel for the government of Dubai, where he is responsible for mediating disputes involving governmental agencies. He accepted this position with the approval of the Supreme Judicial Council in Egypt, with an agreement to defer his position as a Judge at the Egyptian Courts of Appeal. He is also a mediator with the Arab Mediation Center in Cairo.

Mediation is Mr. Mourad’s passion. He believes that mediation is more than just an alternative for the resolution of commercial cases. It is, rather, a tool for providing community peace. As a former police officer, prosecutor, judge, legal counsel, lawyer and mediator, he has experienced dispute resolution from multiple perspectives. These experiences guide his commitment to mediation as the ideal process for advancing conflict resolution in Egypt and beyond.

Mr. Mourad’s mediation journey began in 2010, when he followed his passion and attended a series of courses with UPEACE, where he studied conflict resolution analysis, negotiation, mediation, and conflict transformation. He subsequently founded the NGO, Mediation for Community Development Organization (MCDO), with the aim of promoting community peace. Through MCDO, Mr. Mourad and his colleagues ran a series of meetings and training courses targeted at the elimination of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt. Their efforts helped avoid violent conflict many times during the heat of Egypt’s recent political turbulence.

Mr. Mourad also served as a certified trainer for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Egypt, where he taught Alternative Dispute Resolution to lawyers, judges and family court mediators. As part of his teaching, Mr. Mourad’s goal was to promote mediators as peacemakers. He further drafted an “ADR Act” for the Egyptian Government as part of this effort.

His position as legal counsel to the government of Dubai affords him the opportunity to practice mediation in a unique international commercial hub, providing the invaluable opportunity to interact with many cultures involved in major disputes.

Litigation Practice

Mr. Mourad has litigation experience as an Egyptian Judge and as an attorney for Dubai’s Government. His practice focuses on non-criminal matters, including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Commercial law
  • International commercial disputes
  • Labor law
  • Civil law
  • Company and employment law
  • Torts
  • Family disputes

Mediation Practice

Mr. Mourad has served as a mediator since 2010, when he established MCDO for the prevention of sectarian violence in Egypt. He has conducted numerous mediations between groups of Muslims and Christians and delivered training courses on mediation.

He now serves as a mediator for the government of Dubai. He mediates matters involving commercial disputes, civil disputes, employment disputes, torts, liability, landlord tenant disputes, companies, and IP & intellectual property law.

ADR Achievements and Training

  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2016)
  • Founding Member, Mediation for Community Developments Organization (MCDO), an NGO that uses mediation to resolve community disputes in Egypt (2010)
  • JAMS Commercial Mediation Training Program, Cairo, Egypt (2016)
  • International Court ADR Court Institute Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, CA (2015)
  • Basic Mediation Training, Center for Alternatives in Community Justice’s (CACJ), PA (2013)
  • Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Conflict Transformation, Mediation, and Negotiation, The Institute for Peace Studies & University for Peace, Cairo, Egypt (2010)
  • International Arbitrator Preparation, Arabic International Arbitration Center, Cairo, Egypt (2006)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

Mr. Mourad has conducted the following trainings and courses:

  • Early prediction and intervention in conflicts for prevention of sectarian violence – A series of invited meetings and trainings in conjunction with MCDO
  • Introduction to ADR for law schools graduates – Multiple courses conducted with ABA ROLI in Egyp
  • Basics of Mediations for Judges in Egyptian Economic Courts – Multiple courses conducted with ABA ROLI in Egypt
  • Mediation for family disputes for Egyptian Family Courts – One course conducted with the Egyptian Justice Department
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace for Egyptian Judges – Multiple courses conducted with ABA ROLI in Egypt

Publications and Education

Educational Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) (Specialized field of study; Arbitration & Mediation & Negotiation), Penn State, Dickinson School of Law, PA (2014)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) (Diploma in International Commercial Law & Diploma in Private Law) Ain Shams Law School, Cairo, Egypt (2003 & 2010)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Police Science, Police Academy, Egypt (1997)

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