Mahmoud Elsaman, a legal consultant based in Washington D.C., currently lends his expertise to the World Bank Group. He boasts an impressive legal background, having previously served as a judge at the State Council of Egypt. Mahmoud earned his Bachelor of Laws with honors from Cairo University Faculty of Law in Egypt in 2011. Furthering his legal education, he pursued two LL.M degrees: the first in International and Comparative Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the second in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Additionally, he holds postgraduate diplomas in Administrative Law and Private Law from Cairo University.
Mahmoud's professional journey encompasses diverse experiences. He worked with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, concentrating on legal matters in the Middle East and North Africa region. Additionally, he served as a Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC, USA. Prior to these roles, Mahmoud practiced law at one of Egypt's most esteemed law firms. Having worked with prestigious organizations like the International Development Law Organization in Rome and as a Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC, USA, Mahmoud possesses a wealth of experience in the international legal arena. His previous association with a top-tier law firm in Egypt further solidifies his credentials.
Mahmoud's current SJD research boldly delves into the adverse effects of investor-state dispute settlement on promoting domestic good governance in host states. Specifically, he sheds light on the indeterminacy of the international FET standard and its impact on domestic policies, navigating the fine balance between attracting foreign direct investment and maintaining domestic good governance.