Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution
Nassib G. Ziadé is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution. Between July 2011 and August 2013, he served as the Director of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and between April 2008 and June 2009 was also the Acting Secretary-General of ICSID. He is a judge of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Administrative Tribunal, and he has served as tribunal chair or co-arbitrator in over 25 major arbitrations relating to international commerce, construction, investment and public international law.
A dual Lebanese and Chilean national, Professor Ziadé has extensive 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. He advised the Government of Bahrain in 2002 on the establishment of its Constitutional Court. He has also advised several international organizations on the establishment and operation of their international administrative tribunals.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees and a Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, a member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and a former Court member at the London Court of International Arbitration. He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a member of the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators, and a Vice-President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions.
Professor Ziadé has taught at the University of Miami School of Law, at the Faculties of Law of Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon and Dubai, at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and at the Universities of Chile and Heidelberg in Santiago, Chile. In 2012, he delivered a course on the “independence of arbitral bodies established in the framework of international organizations” at The Hague Academy of International Law, and in 2013 conducted a workshop on arbitration at the Paris Academy for Arbitration Law. He is the Founder and the General Editor of the BCDR International Arbitration Review, a former Editor-in-Chief of the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal, and a member of the editorial advisory committees of International Legal Materials and of the International Journal of Arab Arbitration. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and a former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.
He studied private and public law, international law, administrative and political science, and business administration at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, the American University of Beirut, Cambridge University and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.