Mahmoud Elsaman obtained his Bachelor of Laws (with honours degree) from Cairo University Faculty of Law in Egypt (2011). In addition, Mahmoud is the recipient of the Open Society Foundations’ Middle East Rule of Law Scholarship according to which he pursued his Master of Laws (LL.M) in International and Comparative Law, from University of Pittsburgh School of Law in the United States. Besides, Mahmoud obtained two Postgraduate diplomas in Administrative Law and Private Law from Cairo University and Ain-Shams University in Egypt; respectively. Recently, Mahmoud obtained another Master of Laws (LL.M) in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Mahmoud’s SJD research focuses on the Settlement of International Investment Disputes. His research and scholarship include, in general, investment law, settlement of disputes, international trade, global economy, and rule of law for development. His research is always enriched by a cross-national comparative nature.
Mahmoud’s professional experience, before joining the CEU’s Doctoral Program, included working for the International Development Law Organization “IDLO” in Rome, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region. In addition, Mahmoud was a Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC, USA. Meanwhile, Mahmoud has been working as a judge at the State Council of Egypt, since 2013 to date. Earlier, Mahmoud used to practice law with one of the most highly regarded law firms in Egypt.