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.
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, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States and Venezuela. 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, satellite television, 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. At Georgetown, he also co-teaches a seminar on international oil & gas development.
Dr. Sabahi has widely published on various aspects of international investment law and arbitration, and his writings have been cited by international tribunals as well as the United States Supreme Court (BG Group v. Argentina). He is 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