Nassib G. Ziadé
Director, Dubai International Arbitration Centre
Telephone: 305-284-1965 | Office: G375
Nassib G. Ziadé is the Director of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He was the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) between 2007 and 2011. He also served between April 2008 and June 2009 as Acting Secretary-General of ICSID. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Law and at the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, where he teaches investment arbitration and the settlement of international economic disputes, respectively.
A dual Lebanese and Chilean national, Mr. Ziadé has extensive experience in the administration of international legal proceedings and in the management and development of international tribunals. He also has extensive experience in private and public international law, international arbitration and international administrative law, including issues of conflicts of interest.
From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. In 1998, he was a member of the Grievance Process Review Committee which reviewed and reformed the World Bank’s Internal Conflict Resolution System, and he was involved in all subsequent reviews of the System. In addition, in 2002, he advised the Government of Bahrain on the establishment of its Constitutional Court. He has also advised several international organizations on the establishment and functioning of their international administrative tribunals.
Mr. Ziadé is a member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is a member of the Roster of Approved IDLO (International Development Law Organization) Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and a Council member of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).
Mr. Ziadé has published extensively in the field of international law. He has organized several high-profile international colloquia, and he is a frequent speaker on a diverse range of legal topics at conferences in the Arab world, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He will deliver in 2012 a course on "the independence of arbitral bodies established in the framework of international organizations" at The Hague Academy of International Law. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. He is a Patron of the American Society of International Law and was between 2007 and 2010 a member of its Executive Council.
Mr. Ziadé is also a member of the Société française pour le droit international and the Swiss Arbitration Association. He was Editor-in-Chief of the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal between 2007 and 2011, after serving for a number of years as a member of its Board of Editors. Since 1991, he has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of International Legal Materials and since 1987 he has served as its Corresponding Editor for the Middle East. He is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Arab Arbitration.
Mr. Ziadé studied private and public law, as well as international law, administrative and political science and business administration at the French University in Beirut, the American University of Beirut, Cambridge University and the Sorbonne. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French, and he has a working knowledge of Spanish.