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Ilham Kabbouri
Ilham Kabbouri
Associate — International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
Associate — International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Ilham Kabbouri

Ilham Kabbouri

Gate Village 10, Office 211
P.O. Box 504945
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ilham Kabbouri

Experience Highlights

  • Representing a major engineering company with expertise in designing and developing airports in an ICC arbitration relating to a dispute with the main contractor on an air base project; the dispute concerns the non-payment of invoices, delay and entitlements to cost and time relief for the same

  • Representing a state-owned entity in an arbitration relating to the provision of IT services; the dispute concerned issues of performance and entitlement to payment for services rendered

  • Advising a contractor in respect of a dispute with the employer on a major infrastructure project; the dispute related to the settlement of its final account, return of its bonds, alleged defects and whether it complied with the defects liability regime under the main contract

  • Representing a major luxury hotel operator in a mediation in relation to a dispute with the owner of the hotel under a long term Management Agreement (MA); the dispute centered around the interpretation of the force majeure clause in the MA and whether (and to what extent) it would excuse performance of the operator’s obligations in respect of the hotel’s financial performance

  • Representing a MEP Subcontractor in a DIAC arbitration relating to a dispute with the main contractor on a research center project; issues involved variations, completion, entitlements to costs and time relief for delay

  • Representing multiple respondents in ICC proceedings, defending claims by multiple claimants including a major Saudi private equity fund totaling $175 million in relation to a put option over shares and rent payments under commercial leases in Dubai


  • The University of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2020
  • BPP University, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2018
  • University of London, L.L.M. in International and Comparative Commercial Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 2015
  • Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, L.L.M. in EU Law (“Master à finalité spécialisée en Droit Européen”), 2014
  • Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, L.L.B. (“Bachelier en droit”), 2012
  • Head Coordinator of the IGAD/CCD Taskforce for the creation of the Djibouti International Arbitration Centre
  • Sub-regional Coordinator for Francophone Africa on the Global Steering Committee of Africa Construction Law
  • Committee Member of the Africa Sub-Committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge
  • England and Wales
  • French

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • Moderator of the LACIAC Live Debate (4th Edition), Motion – “Arbitrators’ Duty Of Disclosure: African Jurisdictions Should Follow The Principles In Halliburton V Chubb,” (online), 30 July 2021