Nabil Elaraby Secretary-General of the Arab League Incumbent Assumed office
1 July 2011
Deputy Samir Nasibi Preceded by Amr Moussa Foreign Minister of Egypt In office
6 March 2011 – 1 June 2011
President Hussein Tantawi (Acting) Prime Minister Essam Sharaf Preceded by Ahmed Aboul Gheit Succeeded by Mohamed Orabi Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations In office
20 May 1991 – 20 May 1995
Preceded by Amr Moussa Succeeded by Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid Personal details Born May 15, 1935
Nationality Egyptian Alma mater Cairo University,
New York University School of Law
Nabil Elaraby (Arabic: نبيل العربي) (born 15 March 1935) is an Egyptian diplomat, currently the Secretary-General of the Arab League having been elected on 15 May 2011. Previously, he was Foreign Minister of Egypt in Essam Sharaf's government from March-June 2011.
Early life and education
Elaraby is a partner at Zaki Hashem & Partners in Cairo, specializing in negotiations and arbitrations.
Elaraby was Legal Adviser and Director in the Legal and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1976 to 1978 and then Ambassador to India from 1981 to 1983; he then returned to his previous post at the Foreign Ministry from 1983 to 1987.
He was Legal Adviser to the Egyptian delegation to the Camp David Middle East peace conference in 1978, Head of the Egyptian delegation to the Taba negotiations from 1985 to 1989, and Agent of the Egyptian Government to the Egyptian-Israeli arbitration tribunal (Taba dispute) from 1986 to 1988.
He was appointed by the Egyptian Minister of Justice on the list of arbitrations in civil and commercial affairs in Egypt in 1995.
In 1968 Elaraby was an Adlai Stevenson Fellow in International Law at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He was appointed a Special Fellow in International Law at UNITAR in 1973, and was Legal Adviser to the Egyptian delegation to the United Nations Geneva Middle East peace conference from 1973-1975.
Elarby was Egypt's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1978 to 1981, the Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva from 1987 to 1991, the Permanent Representative to the UN in New York from 1991 to 1999, a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations from 1994 to 2004, President of the Security Council in 1996, and Vice-President of the General Assembly in 1993, 1994 and 1997. He was a commissioner at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva from 1999 to 2001, and a member of the International Court of Justice from 2001 until February 2006.
Elaraby has served as Chairman for the First (Disarmament and international security questions) Committee of the General Assembly, the Informal Working Group on an Agenda for Peace, the Working Group on Legal Instruments for the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the UN Special Committee on Enhancing the Principle of the Prohibition of the Use of Force in International Relations.
Other international work
Elaraby was an Arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in Paris in a dispute concerning the Suez Canal from 1989 to 1992. He was a judge in the Judicial Tribunal of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries in 1990.
Elaraby was a member of the governing board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute from 2000 to 2010. Since December 2008 he has been serving as the Director of the Regional Cairo Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and as a counsel of the Sudanese government in the "Abyei Boundary" Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Revolutionary Movement.
Elaraby has also served as a Member of the Board for the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, a Member of the Board for the Egyptian Society of International Law, and a Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre List of Neutrals.
2011 Egyptian revolution and transitional government
At a democracy forum on 25 February 2011, he said the Egyptian government suffered from a lack of separation of powers, a lack of transparency and a lack of judicial independence. He said foreign policy should be based on Egypt's interests, including "holding Israel accountable when it does not respect its obligations."
On 6 March 2011, he was appointed Foreign Minister of Egypt in Essam Sharaf's post-revolution cabinet. Since then he has opened the Rafah Border Crossing with Gaza and brokered the reconciliation of Hamas with Fatah.
- ^ http://www.crcica.org.eg/cv_nabil_elaraby.html
- ^ Elaraby to direct Cairo Centre, Global Arbitration Review, 15 December 2008
- ^ The Government of Sudan / The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (Abyei Arbitration), Permanent Court of Arbitration
- ^ Elaraby in Egypt's "council of the wise", Alison Ross, Global Arbitration Review, 9 February 2011
- ^ Answering the public, Egypt names a new cabinet, Neil MacFarquhar and Mona el-Naggar, The New York Times, 6 March 2011
- ^ Egypt appoints new key ministers, Al Jazeera English, 6 March 2011
- ^ Egypt's new foreign policy tests old alliances, Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2011
- ^ Egypt FM Nabil El-Arabi named Arab League chief, Ahram Online, 15 May 2011
- ^ Elaraby to head Arab League, David Elward, Global Arbitration Review, 16 May 2011
- Arab League
- Biography at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- CV of Dr. Nabil Elaraby, Director at The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Works by or about Nabil el-Araby in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Egypt’s foreign minister on the way forward after Mubarak, Lally Weymouth, The Washington Post, 6 May 2011
- Nabil El-Arabi -- justice-based diplomacy, Dina Ezzat, Al-Ahram Weekly, 19 May 2011
- North/South Sudan Abyei Boundary Tribunal, including H.E. Former ICJ President Stephen M. Schwebel and H.E. Vice-President Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
- 3 July 2008
- UN SRSG for Sudan Praises Abyei Progress of 11 September 2008
- Parties Deposit Abyei Arbitration Agreement and Designate Agents of 2 October 2008
- 31 October 2008
- Norway's Contribution to the PCA Fund for North and South Sudan of 18 December 2008
- Sudan Applauds U.S. President Obama of 22 January 2009
- the Abyei Tribunal's Schedule for the Written Pleadings and Oral Hearing
- Abyei Hearing Schedule, 18-23 April 2009
- Live Webstream
- Abyei Hearing Proceeds Following Expense Row of 17 April 2009
- Oral Hearing of Abyei Arbitration Begin on 18 April 2009
- Hearings Begin in UN-Backed Tribunal over Disputed Abyei Area in Sudan of 20 April 2009
- Final Abyei Boundary Award of 22 July 2009
- UNSG Ban Ki-Moon's Statement
- Commends the Abyei Award
- Hague Final Abyei Ruling
- Raises Big Peace Hopes in Sudan
- BBC and GAR
- Justice Portal
- SPLM-NPC Joint Statement on the Abyei Award's Implementation
- USA, EU and Others Welcome PCA Verdict on Abyei
- Ruling on Oil Region Boilsters Peace in Sudan
- BIICL Resolving Abyei Competing Claims of 21 November 2009
- Abyei Boundary Arbitration
- Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep v. Nigeria of 23 January 2009
- Arbitration Data Base
Political offices Preceded by
Ahmed Aboul Gheit
Foreign Minister of Egypt
Diplomatic posts Preceded by
Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations
Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid
Secretary-General of the Arab League
Cabinet of Essam SharafOfficeNameTermOfficeNameTerm Vice Prime Minister Yehia El-Gamal 2011 Ministry of Interior Mansour el-Essawy 2011 Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ayman Farid Abu-Hadid 2011 Ministry of Justice Mohamed Abdel Aziz Ibrahim El-Gendy 2011 Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass† 2011-March 2011 Ministry of State for Local Development Mohsen El-Nomani Mohamed Hafez† 2006 Ministry of Civil Aviation Ibrahim Manna 2011 Ministry of Manpower and Migration Ahmed Hassan El-Boraei Ahmed Al-Boraei† 2005 Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Magued Osman 2011 Ministry of State for Military Production Sayed Meshaal 2011 Ministry of Culture Emad Badr El-Din Mahmoud Abu Ghazy 2011 Ministry of Petroleum and Metallurgical Wealth Mohamed Abdalla Mohamed Abdel Menim Ghorab† 1999 Ministry of Education and Higher Education Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa 2011 Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation Faiza Abu Naga 2011 Ministry of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes 2011 Ministry of Religious Endowment (Awkaf) Abd Alla Al-Husseni Ahmed Helal 2011 Ministry of State for the Environment Affairs Maged George† 2004 Ministry of Scientific Research, Science and Technology Amr Ezzat Salama 2011 Ministry of Finance Samir Radwan 2011 Ministry of Social Solidarity and Justice Gouda Abdel Khalek† 2005 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr 2011 Ministry of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour 2011 Ministry of Health and Population Ashraf Hatem 2011 Ministry of Trade and Industry Samir El-Sayiad 2011 Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development Mohamed Fathy El-Baradei 2011 Ministry of Transportation Atef Abdel Hamid Moustafa 2011 () Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Hussien Ehsan Al-Atfy 2011 Governor - Central Bank of Egypt Farouk Abd El Baky El Okdah 2011 Minister without portfolio; GID Chief Murad Muwafi 2011 Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Ahmed Ali Fadel† 1996 Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maged A. Abdelaziz 2011 †Remained from previous administration. Below solid line: Granted Cabinet-level rank although not automatically part of the Cabinet. Lists of Egyptian Ministers Current MinistriesPrime Minister · Agriculture and Land Reclamation · Awqaf · Civil Aviation · Communications and Information Technology · Culture · Defence and Military Production · Education · Electricity and Energy · Finance · Foreign Affairs · Health · Housing, Utilities and Urban Development · Interior · Justice · Manpower and Migration · Petroleum and Metallurgical Wealth · Planning and International Cooperation · Scientific Research, Science and Technology · Social Solidarity and Justice · Tourism · Trade and Industry · Transportation · Water Resources and Irrigation Ministries of StateEnvironmental Affairs · Local Development · Military Production Minister of StateAntiquities Affairs
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