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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 2015-2018, and as a future leader in the arbitration field by Who’s Who Legal 2017. He is also recognized by Legal 500 for his work in the international arbitration field.

Dr. Sabahi’s experience includes serving as counsel and expert in international arbitrations commenced under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, and DR-CAFTA, and under major arbitral rules such as ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL.  In recent years, he has been particularly involved in matters involving the laws of a number of jurisdictions around the world, including: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos PDR, Libya, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.  His industry experience includes working on disputes in the field of energy (oil & gas and power projects), mining, construction, royalty agreements, taxation, and banking.

In addition, Dr. Sabahi has experience representing clients in the World Bank sanctions proceedings.

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. In the past he has taught similar courses at Columbia Law School (2014 and 2015), and elsewhere.

Dr. Sabahi has widely published on various aspects of international investment law and arbitration (with about 50 publications, including several books), 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

Oxford University Press-Investment Claims, Editor

Transnational Dispute Management, Associate Editor

International Arbitration Club - Washington, DC

International Lawyers