Uber and Careem’s trial in the British University in Egypt

The Center for Law and Emerging Technology of the Faculty of Law at the British University in Egypt hosted a discussion forum on “The legal Challenges of Sharing Economy” on Wednesday 2nd of May 2018.

Professor Hassan Abdel Hamid the professor of the Philosophy of Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the British University in Egypt started his opening speech by stating that: “Many experts from both legislative and judicial systems have been invited to the workshop to discuss the idea of sharing economy and the legal challenges facing it.” He also added that the entire world is currently facing a problem with the regulation of the digital sharing economy which triggered the faculty to initiate this workshop in the first place.
The sharing economy has become one of the most important systems impacting the economy in the twenty first century. Its idea is based on sharing the material and human assets including creating, producing, consumption of goods, services and skills between people and commercial entities.

Regarding sharing economy and Ridesharing companies, Dr. Khaled Serry, the former president of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Stock Exchange market stated that “The world is heading to more usage of sharing economy due to the lack of resources and the increase in the world population to reach 10 billion by 2050.” He also clarified that this type of companies, Uber and Careem, are a huge addition to the Egyptian economy especially that there are approximately 200 thousand cars and drivers working in this field. Each makes around four trips per day which eventually make a total of 800 thousand rides per day.  

As for the cyber security, Mr. Mohamed El Gendy, the expert in cyber security in the United Nations and a staff member of Faculty of Law at the British University in Egypt mentioned that: “Data are the fuel of the 21st century and the main element in building the sharing economy”. He has also stated that all the devices and applications we use collect information which they in return use to allocate their clients via a process known as data analysis. He as well highlighted the importance of having legal frame to protect the data specially that the protecting the users’ information lies under the responsibility of the service providers.

Dr. Marwa Zein, the program director in the Faculty of Law at the British University in Egypt, added on this regard that “There is a possibility of misusage of the information which could constitute a risk on the users’ lives and an invasion of their privacy. This negative usage of information could render these companies civilly and criminally liable.”  Dr. Marwa has also underlined that protecting the users will be impossible if they are not aware of the kind of personal information they are disclosing.

However, Dr. Mostafa Abdel Kader, former president of the taxes authority, clarified that the issue of sharing economy models, Uber and Careem, can be solved if a strong yet simplifies tax legislation was imposed on them because after all these kind of companies are always cautious about having an official legal status in Egypt. That way we can monitor and shed the light on their activities.

As for the legislative aspect of this issue, the head of the telecommunications committee in the parliament, Nedal Al Said, added that the “information technology transportation law” added that the government has proposed the draft of a 20 articles law the law after cooperation between ministry of transportation, investment and telecommunication. He further stated that some amendments have been made to the proposed law. One of the amendments explicitly made to draw the line for the state’s authority in obtaining the users’ information from the service providers.


Information Warfare in conformity with International Law

Continuing with the Legal Culture seminar series held by the Faculty of Law named “ Ignorance of Law is not an excuse”,
The Faculty Conducted its 12th seminar named “Informatics warfare under the International Law”.
The seminar was conducted by Brigadier-General Ashraf Mohammed Abdel Alim – Lecturer at Nasser Military Academy, and Dr. Mohammed ElGendy -  Information Security and Cyber ​​Crime Specialist at the United Nations, Head of Egypt's Information Security Organization, and a Faculty member.
The Seminar was about introducing the audience to the fourth and fifth domains and what is meant by an informatics warfare, whether this is an existing war and investigating the applicability of International Law with its different sources on such types of wars whenever it exists.


First place in the Price Media Law Moot court Competition Oxford 2018

The Faculty of Law at the British University in Egypt won the first place in the Price Media Law Moot court Competition in it’s  Middle East Regional Rounds, and has been qualified to the international in Oxford 2018.
The  Competition is organized by Oxford University where its regional rounds were held at Notre Dame University-Louaize NDU, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.  Fourteen Universities have participated from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, and Iran, The competition is based on  oral pleadings as well as written defense memorandums on several topics related to Media Law and Human Rights. The Faculty of Law Mooting team was able to win all the matches in which they competed in the preliminary stages against the Lebanese University from Lebanon, Mansoura University from Egypt, and University of Alama Tabatabai from Iran. In the semi-finals, the team competed against Gaheed Baheshty University from Iran; and then competed against Mansoura University from Egypt once again in the finals.

The Jury was presided by Judge Mark Stevens, an attorney at the English Courts and a partner in Howard Kennedy's UK office and a media law expert, Judge Olga Kafran, Head of the External Communication Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and Judge Jelena Baminak, an attorney specialized in International Humanitarian Law, Diakonia Organization, Lebanon.

The British University team consisted of six students in the second year of the Faculty of Law and they are: -  
* Nourhan Sayed Hussein Shaaban
* Rafik Ramez Mansour Nasim Mansour
*  Ahmed Motaz Ahmed Sheir
*Youssef Abdelhamid Youssef Mohamed Abdelhamid 
* Yousef Youssry Abdelmoneam Saleh
*  Omar Hussein Abdelkarim Tantawy Mubarak

The students were supervised and coached by: -
  Ms. Maha Omar, Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Law-BUE -   
Mr. Mahmoud Hany, Demonstrator at the Faculty of Law-Bue


Legal awareness about Traffic Law

Today, Sunday the 4th of March, the Faculty of Law – BUE conducted it’s eleventh seminar of its Legal Cultural Seminars under the title of “Traffic Law and Legal Awareness”. The Seminar was conducted by Brigadier-General Mohammed Abdel Hafiz and Lieutenant-Colonel Mohammed Waleed. The Session was mainly about the main factors contributing to accidents and other factors causing heavy traffic. It was strongly assured that maintaining a healthy traffic environment is a duty on both the government and the citizens, as some of the major problems can be easily solved by adapting better behavioral norms by the citizens. It was also alluded that the new Traffic Law, was promulgated with a new philosophy to ensure the engagement of the people with the government in the process of law enforcement to promote the community’s legal awareness. 

United Nations Simulation

As the Faculty of Law has a practical policy towards the legal field, the Faculty of Law-BUE was honored to hold a simulation visualising the United Nations Security Council, discussing the Syrian Conflict and the possibility of referring Mr. Bashar Al-Assad to the International Criminal Court. By the end of this simulation, Delegates of States voted on two draft resolutions. Our students were able to recognise the Syrian Conflict and the alliances and antagonists to the Syrian Regime by Week Nine. In Week Eleven, they were familiar with the procedures of the simulation. Reaching Week Twelve, the Simulation was held.        It is of great importance to mention that preparations for such simulations last for semesters; however, the students were prepared in much less time, despite this, their performance was outstanding.