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Nassib G Ziadé

Nassib G Ziadé

Independent ArbitratorSuite 701, Park Plaza, Bldg 247Road 1704ManamaBahrain

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nassib Ziadé is recognised by peers as a "top player on the MENA arbitration scene". His expertise spans commercial, construction and investment arbitrations.


Nassib G Ziadé is chief executive officer of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA). Between July 2011 and August 2013, he served as director of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). Between 2007 and 2011, he was deputy secretary-general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and between April 2008 and June 2009 was also acting secretary-general of ICSID. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

He is a judge of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Administrative Tribunal, and he regularly serves as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in arbitrations relating to international commerce, construction, investment and public international law, conducted in Arabic, English and French under the rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), ICSID (Convention and Additional Facility), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), DIAC, the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center (ADCCAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), as well as in ad hoc proceedings, including under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. His arbitration work is limited by choice to the role of arbitrator and does not include work as counsel or expert.

He has extensive senior managerial experience in the administration of international legal proceedings and the development of international tribunals. He is an expert in private and public international law, international arbitration, international investment law, international administrative law, and the law of conflicts of interest. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the executive secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.

Nassib G Ziadé is a member of the board of trustees and a vice chair of the advisory committee of CRCICA; a member of the international advisory committee of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA); and a former court member at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is a member of the PCA; a member of the ICSID panels of arbitrators and conciliators; and a vice president of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).

He is a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law and at the Saint-Joseph University Faculties of Law in Lebanon and Dubai. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Saint-Joseph University in Dubai. He has in the past taught at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; the Universities of Chile and Heidelberg in Santiago, Chile; and the Paris International Academy for Arbitration Law. In 2012, he delivered a course entitled “The Independence of Arbitral Bodies Established in the Framework of International Organisations” at The Hague Academy of International Law.  

He has published extensively in the fields of international law and arbitration law, and he is a frequent speaker on a diverse range of legal topics at international conferences. He is the founder and general editor of the BCDR International Arbitration Review and a former editor-in-chief of the ICSID Review — Foreign Investment Law Journal. He is a member of the editorial advisory committees of International Legal Materials and the International Journal of Arab Arbitration. He is a counsellor of the American Society of International Law and a former member of the advisory committee of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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