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Dr. Mohammed Gomaa

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Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

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Arbitration  & Projects


Senior Partner and Head of the Arbitration Department and the Projects & Infrastructure  Department


Dr. Mohammed Gomaa, Senior Partner, is Head of the Arbitration Department, as well as the Projects & Infrastructure Department at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, with a practical and academic experience exceeding 35 years.

Dr. Gomaa is regularly nominated as Sole Arbitrator, Chairman, Party Appointed Arbitrator and Counsel in many local and international commercial arbitrations, under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICC, LCIA, DIAC, CRCICA and SIAC, involving both public or private entities relating, inter alia, to construction, commercial agencies, acquisition of shares, sale and purchase transactions, telecommunications, hotel management and hospitality, shipbuilding, charter parties and insurance.

He was a member of the Drafting Committee for the current Arbitration Rules and Sometime Legal Counselor of the CRCICA.

He also practices in the fields of mega infrastructure projects (including PPPs), contracts and international treaties, general corporate law and Public International Law. He was legal advisor to the Government of Egypt in the negotiations and drafting of an Egyptian-Chinese development and usufruct contract for the first Economic Zone in Egypt, 2009-2011 and has drafted the first PPP tender package in Egypt for the construction and operation of public schools, 2007-2008.

Formerly, “Assistant to the Agent” of the Government of Egypt to the Egypt-Israel Arbitration Tribunal for the Taba Arbitration Case, 1987-89 and member of the Egyptian delegation in the “Taba Talks” between Egypt and Israel, 1985-1987, resulting in the conclusion of the Compromis d’arbitrage.  He represented the African Union before the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) in the Advisory Opinion on “Chagos” in both the written and oral proceedings, in 2018. He also represented the League of Arab States (“LAS”) before the ICJ in the Advisory Opinion of the “Wall”, in both the written and oral proceedings, 2003-2004 and drafted the Written Statements of Egypt in the Advisory Opinion of the ICJ on the “Legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons”, 1995-1996. He has also advised the Secretary General of the LAS on several international legal matters, 2003-2009. Dr. Gomaa was the Legal Counsel of the Egyptian delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli-Palestinian meetings for the operation of the Gaza Airport, 1997. Furthermore, he is frequently consulted by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, as well as foreign embassies and diplomatic agencies accredited in Cairo. Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), 2010-2015.

Dr. Gomaa served for more than twenty years in legal posts in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry where he ended his diplomatic career as Deputy Permanent Representative and Legal Adviser of Egypt to the United Nations in New York. He is also former Member, Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority. He was a Visiting Professor of International Law at the School of International Studies of the University of Trento (Italy) – as well as Adjunct Professor of International Law at the American University in Cairo.

Dr. Gomaa was ranked by The LEGAL 500 as “Leading Individual” in Projects & Infrastructure, Arbitration, and recommended in the Energy practice in 2018.  He was also ranked by Chambers and Partners as Band 2 Lawyer in the Arbitration practice in 2018 and 2019.


Arabic, English and French


Ph. D, LL.M. (Geneva University - IUHÉI), LL.B. and B.A. (commerce and accounting)


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Dr. Mohammed Gomaa - Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

At Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, 'the team works in harmony'. Leading light Mohammed Gomaa, who acted for the African Union in a case concerning the UK's decolonisation of Mauritius, stands out for his 'experience, hard work and perseverance'. Mohamed Aboul-Saoud and energy arbitration specialist Sameh Khodeir are also noted.

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Projects and infrastructure

Within: Leading individuals

Mohammed Gomaa - Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Within: Projects and infrastructure

Senior partner and head of projects and infrastructure Mohammed Gomaa at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is highly regarded in the market. For China State Construction Engineering Corporation, he handled contractual matters pertaining to the development of Egypt's new administrative capital. Litigator Shaaban Gaballah also plays a key role in the practice.

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