Zahid Omarzai has significant experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution particularly arbitration in Afghanistan. His other areas of practice include commercial law, corporate law, and contract law.
Prior to joining Kakar Advocates Law Firm, Mr. Omarzai was the Executive Director of the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution (ACDR). In that capacity, Mr. Omarzai led the drafting of the ACDR Arbitration Rules and Expert Determination Rules. In addition, he has participated in many international trainings on international commercial arbitration conducted by international arbitration centers including but not limited to Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Asian International Arbitration Centre.
Mr. Omarzai has also worked extensively on alternative dispute resolution projects of the US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) for Afghanistan to promote and develop fair and transparent commercial dispute resolution mechanisms in Afghanistan. In addition, Mr. Omarzai has led the efforts with the National Procurement Authority in developing a dispute resolution mechanism for resolving disputes arising from the Afghan Government’s domestic procurement contracts.
He has also worked as an attorney with a foreign law firm in Afghanistan for over a year. In this capacity, he was the lead on enforcing foreign arbitral awards in Afghanistan and was involved as a key staff member in advising clients on commercial, corporate, and contract law matters.
Mr. Omarzai has participated in Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) to represent his university and Afghanistan in 2016 and later coached several Afghan private and public universities in 2017, and currently serves voluntarily as the Country Director for Afghanistan Vis Alumni Network.
Mr. Omarzai has also participated as an arbitrator in Willem C. Vis Middle East International Commercial Arbitration Pre-moot in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.
Commercial Dispute Resolution