Karim A. Youssef, LL.M., J.S.D


Youssef & Partners
3 Yemen Street, off Nile Street
Giza, Egypt

Tel: +202 374 99100

Email: karim@youssef.law
Web: www.youssef.law

Dr. Karim A. Youssef is the managing partner and head of international arbitration and international law practices at Youssef & Partners in Cairo, Egypt, a full-service law firm, whose flagship practice is commercial and treaty arbitration and high-end and diverse litigation, with a focus on complex and high-value claims. Karim’s practice focuses on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and international law, and he has extensive experience in these fields.

Karim has acted as counsel, party-appointed or presiding arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules including the ICC, CRCICA, DIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID. He has also acted in ad hoc arbitrations governed by national laws. Karim represents regional and international clients in high-profile local and regional disputes and large-value claims, across a wide array of industries and key sectors, including energy, mining, hospitality, construction, development, technology, telecommunications and infrastructure.

Highlights of Karim’s counsel work include representing investors in investment treaty claims, including in Cementos La Union SA & Aridos Jativa SLU v. the Arab Republic of Egypt and, previously, representing the CBC Channel in commercial claims against Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef.

Karim also acts as counsel or arbitrator in some of the largest commercial claims arising in context of the Arab Spring, including in disputes concerning the post–2011 unwinding of Moubarak-era privatization transactions and disputes relating to certain mega projects in Egypt and the Middle East. Karim represents Al Kholoud SAE in commercial claims arising from the nullification of the privatization transaction of Al-Nasr Company for Steam Boilers.

In addition to his role as counsel and arbitrator, Karim has also provided opinions pertaining to Egyptian and Arab law and issues of jurisdiction and non-signatories, and testified as expert on numerous occasions in arbitral and foreign court proceedings relating to the Middle East or involving Middle Eastern parties.

Karim’s memberships include the board of reporters of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) for Egypt and the editorial board of the Journal of Arab Arbitration.

Karim was educated at Yale Law School (where he received LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees), the University of Paris and the University of Cairo. During his time at Yale, Karim was a Howard Holtzmann Yale fellow in international dispute resolution.

Dr. Youssef’s distinctions include inter alia:

  • Who’s Who Legal: International Commercial Arbitration – Egypt, 2014 to 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders – Egypt, 2017
  • Chambers & Partners Global Guide: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Egypt,
    Band 1, 2017

Karim Youssef is a member of the Egyptian bar (admitted in 1999).

Karim is author, inter alia, of:

  • Consent in Context: Fulfilling the Promise of International Arbitration, Multi-contract and Non-contract arbitration, West, 2009-2012 (Preface by Jan Paulsson)
  • ‘The Impact of the Arab Spring on International Commercial and Treaty Arbitration in Egypt and the MENA Region’ published in Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management (Vol. 83, Issue 1), 2017
  • ‘Consent Ltd.: A Brief History of Egypt’s Ministerial Approval Requirement for Arbitration of State Contracts and Why It Should Be Abolished’, in BCDR International Arbitration Review, 3.1, September 2016
  • ‘The Quest for Cosmopolitan Law and Arbitration in the Arab World – Where Do We Stand Now?’, in Festschrift Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri: From the Arab World to the Globalization of International Law and Arbitration, Kluwer, 2015
  • ‘Universal Arbitration Between Freedom and Constraint: The Challenges of Assessment and Control of Jurisdiction in Multiparty Multi-Contract Arbitration’, in Arbitration: The Next Fifty Years, ICCA Congress Series, 2011
  • ‘The limits of consent: the right or obligation to arbitrate of nonsignatories in groups of companies’, in Multiparty Arbitration, ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2010
  • ‘The Independence of International Arbitrators: An Arbitrator’s Perspective’, ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2007, Special Supplement 2008; with Professor Ahmed S El-Kosheri