Niuscha Bassiri is recognised for her exceptional practice, and is praised by peers as an "excellent arbitrator with a great client manner".
Niuscha Bassiri is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels.
She has a solid track record as counsel and arbitrator (sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous international arbitrations under the major arbitral institutions and arbitration rules and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. The arbitrations in which she has been involved concern State-entities and private entities alike and span a multitude of sectors, such as banking, construction, energy, finance, infrastructure, insurance, luxury, mining, nuclear power plants, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, satellites, telecommunication, transportation and renewable energy and relate to diverse legal issues, such as investment, distributorship, joint ventures, licensing, patents, post-M&A, sales of goods and shareholdings.
Her training as a District Court and Court of Appeal judge in Germany gives Niuscha Bassiri relevant insight to the judicial approach.
Her diverse and vast experience has led her to become a sought-after strategic adviser on setting-aside and enforcement matters, in particular under the New York Convention regime.
Niuscha Bassiri regularly speaks at leading conferences and seminars on international arbitration. She publishes on novel matters concerning international arbitration, most recently on efficiency in investment arbitration, arbitration in the digital age, arbitrators and their online identity and economic sanctions in international arbitration. She is the co-editor and author of the sole English-language commentary on the Belgian arbitration law, Arbitration in Belgium. She is also a co-author in the leading German language commentary on the ICC and DIS Rules. She has also led the task force on and contributed to the Young ICCA Guide on Arbitral Secretaries.
With one foot in legal practice and the other in academia, Niuscha Bassiri has been lecturing for nearly a decade in the master’s programme on international commercial law and dispute resolution at the ICHEC Business and Management School in Brussels. Niuscha Bassiri is vice president of the Belgian chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club and a member of the international board of the Finnish Arbitration Institution, the editorial board of the Journal of International Arbitration, the IBA Investment Arbitration sub-committee, the IBA rules and guidelines sub-committee, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC task force on emergency arbitrator proceedings, the ICC Institute of World Business Law and the SIAC Users Council. She is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, the inaugural panel of arbitrators of the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre, the German Institution of Arbitration, the International Bar Association, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Scottish Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre panel of arbitrators.
Niuscha Bassiri attended the Universities of Cologne and Barcelona. She is admitted to the Cologne Bar and is a member of the Brussels Bar. Niuscha Bassiri holds German and Iranian nationalities. She is a native German and Farsi speaker with fluency in English, a working knowledge of French and Spanish, and good understanding of Dutch.
Since 2014, Niuscha has been praised in WWL as an “extremely sharp arbitrator and counsel” with “clever and sophisticated advocacy” skills. She has been described as “the best in Belgium”. In 2016, she was ranked in the top 20 practitioners worldwide by WWL: Future Leaders – Arbitration.