Interview with Mohamed Samy, Associate of Matouk Bassiouny, and research assistant at Cairo University. Talking to us on the academic prospects of mooting on the sideline of the first national rounds of the FDI in Egypt.
Interview and Edit by Khaled al-Khashab.
Q: Mohamed, thank you for being here today. Could you please introduce yourself to the community?
A: I am Mohamed Samy, an associate in the Dispute resolution department of Matouk Bassiouny and a research assistant at the Public Finance Department of Cairo University. I started working with Matouk Bassiouny’s Dispute Resolution department as of October 2015 and assumed my academic position in 2016. I hold a Masters of Law from Cairo University which I obtained in 2017 and another Masters degree from Cambridge university obtained earlier this year.
Q: Why did you volunteer to judge the FDI national rounds?
A: I think it is a great opportunity to get connected with others and to oversee the new generation of lawyers and see how they try to perceive and promote their careers at the very earliest stage and contribute to the textile of the new Egyptian legal community.
Q: And do you believe that the judging process could be described as competitive between the volunteering arbitrators?
A: I believe it is rather about helping student rather than being competitive in the same regard. The questions that the students receive are not directed for the sake of being fierce or competitive but simply to get the best out of them. This is what they’ll face in real life so, it’s better to give it to them at this early stage.
Q: Well, now that we’ve seen moots rise in popularity throughout the past few years in Egypt. Do you think it has become a cemented culture or is it simply a fashion that will fade away?
A: I believe that it is getting more cemented and more established in most of the inherent Faculties in Egypt. I believe that many faculties also are trying to promote mooting and not just for the sake of a single competition. So, I do not think it will fade but to the contrary, I believe it will flourish within the upcoming years.
Q: And, when it comes to FDI and dispute resolution in general, do you think that moots might substitute legal studies?
A: not to substitute of course and especially not in Investment Arbitration, which is a highly academic practice. So, of course studies are essential, but practice is much important.
Q: With such an impressive and diverse background of yours, could you give the audience a word of engorgement?
A: Sure. I believe that moots and dispute resolution require a sense of logic and plenty of hard work. Investment Arbitration is a very important and demanded practice area in Egypt and the world as a whole due to the recent developments around the globe. So, it is an interesting idea to work on but requires some hard work.
Q: Thank you so much Mohamed for these pleasant words, and best of luck in your panel.
A: My pleasure. Thank you.