Silke Elrifai


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Silke Elrifai focuses her practice on international disputes and finance in and relating to the Middle East and North Africa, where she regularly advises clients on large scale investments. She has extensive experience prosecuting and defending complex arbitration claims under major institutional arbitration rules.

Prior to joining Amereller, Ms. Elrifai practiced at several international law firms in London, Moscow and Cairo. From 2011-2012, she was a fellow at the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies at Stanford Law School. She began her legal career in 2006 clerking for Judge Teddy Meron at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, after having worked in finance & banking in London.

Ms. Elrifai is the Investment Treaty Arbitration Rapporteur for Saudi Arabia for the Global Arbitration Review. She maintains an active interest in Islamic law, particularly Islamic Finance and disputes relating thereto.

Solicitor (England & Wales), 2009
Attorney at Law (New York), 2013
Registered Legal Practitioner, Part II (DIFC, UAE), 2015
Rechtsanwalt (Berlin, Germany), 2016

INCEIF/ Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur, 2015-2016 (Dipl. Islamic Finance & Banking Arbitration)
Stanford Law School, Stanford University, Stanford, 2012 (J.S.M.)
BPP University College, London, 2006 (P.Grad.Dipl. Legal Practice)
City University Law School, London, 2006 (LL.B. Hons.)
LSE, London, 2004 (B.Sc. Mathematics & Economics)

English, German, Arabic and Farsi
Recent publications include:

Länderbericht Vereinte Arabische Emirate, in Internationaler Rechtsverkehr in Zivil- und Handelssachen, Geimer/Schütze, C.H. Beck (50. Ed., November 2015)

GAR Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How on Saudi Arabia, Global Arbitration Review (April 2016 and March 2015)

Egypt’s Ban on Public Interest Litigation in Government Contracts: A Case Study of “Judicial Chill”, 51 STAN. J. INT’L. L. 147 (2015)

ليبيا: على طريق تجريم المالية التقليدية؟ المقالة الأسبوعية، طومسون رويترز, 2 مارس 2015

بعيدا عن المركز الدولي لتسوية منازعات الاستثمار بالبنك الدولي (ICSID): شركة محمد عبد المحسن الخرافي وأولاده ضد ليبيا، المقالة الأسبوعية، طومسون رويترز, 24 فبراير 2015

Lasting Infancy or Coming of Age? Insolvency Considerations when Islamic Finance Vehicles Fail, INSOL World, Focus: Africa & Middle East, Vol. 4 (2014)

Short Report on the ICC Commission Report on States, State Entities and ICC Arbitration, Transnational Dispute Management 3 (2014)