About Mahmoud Mourad
Mahmoud Mourad was seconded from the Egyptian Judiciary to serve as legal counsel with H.H the Rulers Court for the government of Dubai. He serves as the chairman of the mediation panel which is responsible for mediating all disputes involving governmental entities. He accepted this position with the approval of the Supreme Judicial Council in Egypt, with an agreement to defer his position as a Chief Judge at the Egyptian Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Mourad also serves as a mediator with the Mediation Global Unit at the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes. He is responsible for the offices in both the UAE and Egypt within the jurisdiction of this unit. Mr. Mourad also serves as a mediator with the Arab Mediation Center in Cairo. Moreover, he is a trainer of mediation, ADR, and legal skills with many institutes around the world, including ABA Roli.
Mediation is Mr. Mourad’s passion. He believes that mediation is more than just an alternative for resolving commercial disputes. It is, rather, a tool for providing community peace. As a former police officer, prosecutor, judge, legal counsel, lawyer and mediator, Mr. Mourad has experienced dispute resolution from multiple perspectives. These experiences guide his commitment to mediation as the ideal process for advancing conflict resolution in Egypt, the MENA Region 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 co-founded the first NGO of its kind in Egypt, Mediation for Community Development Organization (MCDO), an organization that aims to promote community peace. Through MCDO, Mr. Mourad and his colleagues ran a series of meetings, workshops, events, camps and training courses targeted at promoting peace within the Egyptian community. The focus was primarily on the elimination of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians, the reduction of sexual harassment during public events and the inclusion of diverse groups in Egypt. These efforts helped prevent violent conflict during the heat of Egypt’s recent political turbulence.
His position as legal counsel to the government of Dubai affords him the opportunity to practice mediation in a unique international commercial hub, allowing him to interact with many cultures involved in major disputes.
Mr. Mourad has litigation experience as an Egyptian Judge and as an attorney for Dubai’s government. His recent practice with the Dubai government includes both arbitration and the courts. Most of the cases that he viewed or represented include the following practice areas:
- Commercial disputes
- Construction disputes including major infrastructure projects
- International commercial disputes
- Labor disputes
- Civil disputes
- Tenancy disputes
- Company and employment law disputes
- Family disputes
- Administrative law
Mr. Mourad has served as a mediator since 2010 and continues in this role with the Dubai government. He has conducted numerous mediations involving conflict between ethnic groups, international commercial transactions, construction, workplace disputes, employment/labor disputes, torts, aviation/transportation disputes and civil disputes.