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Georgetown University Law Center, Doctor of Juridical Science, with Distinction

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., International Legal Studies

University of Tehran, M.A.

University of Tehran, B.A.


New York
Washington, D.C.


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Dr. Borzu Sabahi
Washington, D.C.
PHONE: +1 202 452 7344
FAX:+1 202 452 7333

Dr. Sabahi focuses his practice on representing governments and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters.  Prior to joining Curtis he was counsel in an international law firm where he represented private companies and individuals in major international arbitral proceedings.  He is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015 and 2016, and as a future leader in the arbitration field by Who’s Who Legal 2017. 

Dr. Sabahi’s experience includes serving as counsel and expert in arbitration cases brought under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, and DR-CAFTA, and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New Zealand Arbitration Act, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).  He has been involved in matters involving the laws of a number of jurisdictions around the world, including: Algeria, Afghanistan, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Libya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam.  His industry experience includes working on energy-related disputes (in oil & gas as well as power projects), as well as disputes pertaining to mining, construction, gambling, royalty agreements, tax, and allocation of water under international treaties.

Dr. Sabahi is the co-Director of the International Investment Law Center at the International Law Institute where he designs and oversees training programs principally for Government officials from developing countries as well as professionals from the private sector on international investment treaties and investor State arbitration.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School co-teaching seminars on the same subjects. 

Dr. Sabahi has widely published on various aspects of international investment law and arbitration (with about 50 publications), and his writings have been cited by international tribunals as well as the United States Supreme Court.  He is Co-Editor in Chief of the BRILL Research Perspectives on International Investment Law & Arbitration, an Editor of Oxford’s Investment Claims and an Associate Editor of the Transnational Disputes Management Journal (TDM).   He regularly speaks at and chairs professional conferences dealing with various aspects of international arbitration.


American Society of International Law

International Finance Corporation (IFC) - Arbitrating Disputes Survey - Expert Consultative Group

Oxford University Press-Investment Claims, Editor

Transnational Dispute Management, Associate Editor

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) - Young International Arbitrators Group

International Arbitration Club - Washington, DC

BRILL Research Perspectives on International Investment law & Arbitration, Co-Editor in Chief

International Lawyers