Nassib G Ziadé

Adjunct Faculty, White & Case International Arbitration LL.M.

Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution

Phone: (305) 284-1965

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.



Institutional Arbitration in the Arab Region: Challenges and Prospects, in Liber Amicorum Samir Saleh: Reflections on Dispute Resolution with Particular Emphasis on the Arab World 289 (Nassib G. Ziadé ed., Wolters Kluwer Publishers, 2020)

Do We Need a Permanent Investment Court?, Global Arbitration Review, 13 February 2019

Curing the Illness without Killing the Patient: Prescribing Appropriate Remedies for Findings of Illegality in International Arbitration, 19 ICCA Congress Series 746 (Albert Jan van den Berg ed., 2017)

Accountability for Corruption in Investment Arbitration: Equitable Remedies for Findings of Illegality, 3 BCDR International Arbitration Review 423 (2016)

Protection and Processes of Arbitration under MENA Regional Investment Treaties, 83 Arbitration 47 (2017)

Taking of Evidence in Arbitration: The Arab Experience, in International Arbitration Under Review: Essays in Honor of John Beechey 435 (A. Carlevaris, L. Lévy, A. Mourre & E. A. Schwartz eds., ICC Publications 2015)

Addressing Allegations and Findings of Corruption: The Arbitrator’s Investigative and Reporting Rights and Duties, in Addressing Issues of Corruption in Commercial and Investment Arbitration 114 (Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law 2015)

The New Bahraini Legislation on Arbitration, 28 Majallat Al-Tahkim Al-‘Alamiyya 27 (October 2015); 25 Majallat Al-Tahkim Al-‘Arabi 9 (December 2015) (in Arabic)

How Should Arbitral Institutions Address Issues of Conflicts of Interest?, in Festschrift Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri: From the Arab World to the Globalization of International Law and Arbitration 211 (Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Philippe Leboulanger & Nassib G. Ziadé eds., Wolters Kluwer Publishers 2015)

Is ICSID Heading in the Wrong Direction?, Global Arbitration Review, 24 February 2015

Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration Between Reality and Expectations, 20 Majallat Al-Tahkim Al-‘Alamiyya 71 (October 2013) (in Arabic)

The “Arab Spring” and Arab Approaches to International Arbitration, 30 Journal of International Arbitration 591 (2013)

The 2000 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes in the Arab Countries: A Comparative Approach, 14 Majallat Al-Tahkim Al-‘Alamiyya 97 (April 2012) (in Arabic)

L’éthique et l’arbitrage en matière d’investissement : Grandeur et misère de la fonction d’arbitre, Revue de l’arbitrage 2012.307 (in French)

Conflicts of Interest in International Administrative Law, in The Development and Effectiveness of International Administrative Law 387 (O. Elias ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2012)

Les frais et dépens dans l’arbitrage CIRDI, in CIRDI, 45 ans après : Bilan d’un système 263, et discussion aux pages 277, 288-289 (sous la direction de Ferhat Horchani, éditions Pedone 2011) (in French)

How Many Hats Can a Player Wear: Arbitrator, Counsel and Expert?, 24 ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal 49 (2009)

Reflections on the Role of Institutional Arbitration between the Present and the Future, 25 Arbitration International 427 (2009)

ICSID’s Contribution to the Development of Investment Arbitration in the Arab World, 23 ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal 233 (2008)

Achieving Efficiency in Arbitration: The Role of the Institutions, 25 News from ICSID, No. 1, at 3 (2008)

Some Practical Issues Arising in International Administrative Tribunals, in Problems of International Administrative Law: On the Occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal 73, and discussion at 187 (Nassib G. Ziadé ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2008)

Phone: (305) 284-1965