Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham practices as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator. He is a Senior Partner with Cecil Abraham & Partners, Malaysia.
Tan Sri Dato' is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Insttute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Mediation Centre, and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Limited.
He was elected a Fellow of Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London in 1990. He is a member of several professional bodies including the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration. He is a founding member of the International Maritime Conciliation and Mediation Panel (IMCAM), which is set up to deal with mediation on maritime disputes.
He is the chairman of the ADR Committee of ICC Malaysia, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham is a Past Vice President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG), Past Vice Chair of Committee D (which is the Arbitration and ADR Section of the IBA), Past Deputy President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Past Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Malaysia Branch (CIArb), Past President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Past Member of the Malaysian Bar Council, and Past Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee.
He has edited a number of volumes of the Malaysian Court Forms, and the Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on Practice & Procedure, and has contributed chapters to several reputed publications, and presented papers on various aspects of arbitration at the International Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, UNCITRAL, LawAsia, Asean Law Conference and other regional conferences.
As an advocate, Tan Sri Dato’ has appeared before the High Courts of Malaya and Sabah & Sarawak, Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, and the Privy Council. He has acted as counsel in a number of landmark cases of a commercial nature involving banks, finance companies and multi-nationals listed in the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Over 220 of his cases are reported in the local law reports.
Tan Sri Dato' has an extensive arbitration practice: he has sat as chairman, sole-Arbitrator and co-arbitrator in over 55 commercial arbitrations held in India, France, Taiwan, Switzerland, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia, amongst others, under the SIAC, LCIA, ICC, KLRCA, and ICSID Rules. He was a counsel for the Government of Malaysia in an investment arbitration held under the International Convention for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and sits on the panel of arbitrators of several arbitration centres all over the world.
Tan Sri Dato' Abraham graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the Queen Mary College, University of London in 1968. He was called by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple as a Barrister at Law in May 1969, and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in February 1970.
Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi is a Malaysian Professor of Law who has served Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Selangor in various capacities from 1971 onwards. He served as the Head of the Diploma in Law programme (1979–1984), as Assistant Rector (1996–1999), Assistant Vice-Chancellor (1999–2001) and Legal Advisor (1996–2006, 2010–present).
He has also served on the faculties of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, part time at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a visiting professor/Honorary Legal Adviser/Holder of the Tun Sambanthan Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
At the international level Dr. Shad Faruqi has served as a consultant to many countries including Maldives, Fiji, Timor Leste, Afghanistan Iraq and Sudan, advising them on their constitutional documents. In 1991 as part of an Asia Foundation Project he drafted the constitution of the Republic of Maldives. He was a one-time member and Secretary-General of the Manila-based Congressional Research and Training Services that conducted several institutional efficacy courses for legislators from many third world countries. He has presented seminar papers in the USA, UK, Germany, Iran, Kenya, Sudan, Maldives, India, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. He has helped to draft several international documents including the Kuala Lumpur Declaration to Criminalize War and a document for the UN on Protection for Places of Worship. He is a sitting Judge on the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. He is an Executive Council member of the Kuala Lumpur based International Centre for Law and legal Studies.
At the national level, he has been called upon on several occasions to draft national legislation. On behalf of Institut Teknologi MARA he drafted the Institut Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill 1996 that went on to become an Act of Parliament. In 1999 he drafted the Universiti Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill that was enacted by Parliament as Act A1073. The Act converted Institut Teknologi MARA into a full-fledged university.
At the end of 2004, the Barisan Nasional Back-Benchers Club of the Parliament of Malaysia appointed him as a consultant to advise them on reforming and empowering Parliament in the face of the executive branch's dominance of the Malaysian government.
In 2006 the Minister of Education appointed him Chairman of a Committee to propose amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1972 [Act 30]. The Committee's recommendations were adopted as law in early 2009. In 2008 he drafted the new 'Apex Constitution' of Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 2010 he was reappointed to a committee to review the Universities and University Colleges Act [Act 30]. He is also a member of the Apex University Initiative; a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Studies; and one-time member of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission's Education Sub-Committee.
Dr Shad is the author of Human Rights, Globalisation and the Asian Economic Crisis, Islam International Law and the War Against Terrorism, Islam, Democracy and Development,Document of Destiny: The Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia and "The Bedrock of Our Nation: Our Constitution". He is the co-author of Media Law & Regulations in Malaysia and Co-editor of "Decolonising Our Universities – Towards a Non-Eurocentric Paradigm". He has contributed over 350 articles to legal periodicals, anthologies and newspapers and has presented over 300 seminar papers in 15 countries including the US, UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.