Dr. Radwa Elsaman
SJD Program Graduate


Dr. Radwa Elsaman sucessfully earned her S.J.D. degree from American University Washington College of Law in May 2012. Her dissertation was titled “Towards an Egyptian Franchising Law Based On A Comparative Study Of The Laws Of The United States, China, and Malaysia.”Since 2003, Dr. Elsaman has served as a Commercial and Business Law Lecturer at Cairo University’s School of Law in Egypt. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include: Commercial and Business Law, Investment Law, Corporate Law, Capital Market Law, and International Commercial Arbitration. Her fields of study and professional expertise include: M&A, Capital Market and Securities, International Business Transactions, International Contracts Law, Trademark Law, Alternative Dispute Resolutions/International Commercial Arbitration, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Dr. Elsaman’s professional experience includes assignments with well-known Middle-Eastern law firms in association with international law firms. Dr. Elsaman is fluent in Arabic and English.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2012
LL.M. in International Business Law, American University Washington College of Law, 2007
Honors: Honorable Recipient, Academic Scholarship for the Master of Laws
LL.M. in Maritime Law, The International Maritime Organization, International Maritime Law Institute, 2005
Honors: Honorable Recipient, Academic Scholarship for the Master of Laws
Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Civil Law, Cairo University School of Law, 2004
LL.B., Cairo University, The English Law School, 2002
Honors: Graduated first in class (top 1% out of 5000 students) with the grade of Excellent with Honors


  1. Radwa S. Elsaman, Corporate Social Responsibility in Islamic Law: Labor and Employment, the Yonsei Law Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2011, reprinting expected to take place by the NEJICL in 2012.
  2. Radwa S. Elsaman, Doing Business in Egypt after the January Revolution: Capital Market and Investment Laws, Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, reprinting expected in Journal of African and International Law, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011.
  3. Radwa S. Elsaman, Factors to be Considered before Arbitrating in the Arab Middle East: Examples of Religious and Legislative Constraints, the American University International Arbitration Brief (Publication expected for August 2011), reprinting expected in George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law (Publication expected for December 2011).
  4. Radwa S. Elsaman, Settlement of Disputes under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 with detailed study of the process of Arbitration, (internally published by the International Maritime Organization International Maritime Law Institute “IMLI” in 2005).
  5. Radwa S. Elsaman, A Legislative Drafting Project in the Implementation of the 1992 CLC and Fund convention as amended into the Legal System of the Arab Republic of Egypt (internally published by the International Maritime Organization International Maritime Law Institute “IMLI” in 2005).
  6. Radwa S. Elsaman and Arafa, Mohamed A. The Rights of the Elderly in the Arab Middle East: Islamic Theory Versus Arabic Practice, 14 Marquette Elder's Advisor (2012).
  7. Radwa S. Elsaman & Ahmed Eldakak, Is The Middle East Moving Toward Islamism After the Arab Spring? The Case Study of the Egyptian Commercial and Financial Laws,12 Richmond Journal of Global Law, 2012.
  8. Radwa Elsaman, A Historic Opportunity to Rebuild Egypt’s Economy, Mada Masr, Dec., 30, 2013.
  9. Radwa S. Elsaman, Will the New Investment Law Launch Egypt’s Investment Recovery, Daily News Egypt, July 26, 2015


  1. Researcher, American University Washington College of Law Human Rights Academy, Washington, D.C., August 2010 - January 2011
  2. Researcher, American University Kogod Business School, Washington D.C., Nov. 2009 - May 2010
  3. Legal Intern, The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration, Cairo, Egypt, 2003

Speaking Engagements

The University of Hamburg Institute of Law and Economics; Law and Institutional Economics of Revolutions Workshop, Hamburg, Germany, A Historic Opportunity to Rebuild Egypt's Economy, (August 2013).

Eurasia Business and Economics Society, 10th EBES Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, Will the Post-Revolutionary Constitution Promote Investment in Egypt Constitution (May 2013).

American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee Conference on Perspectives on Comparative Law at the George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, USA: Connecting Business Law to Human Rights: Rights of the Elderly in the Arab Middle East; Islamic Theory versus Arabs’ Practice (2012).

Radwa Elsaman & Michelle W. Behaylo, Asst. Professor, American University Kogod School of Business at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Richmond, USA, Labor Standards in the United Nations Global Compact: US, European, and Islamic Perspectives (2010).

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