Nadine Debbas Achkar

Visiting Professor of Practice of Legal Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Georgetown University; JD Columbia University School of Law

Research Areas: International Arbitration; Gender and Law

Nadine Debbas Achkar has been a member of the New York Bar for over 25 years, with professional experience in the United States, France, and the Middle East.

She is a Chartered Arbitrator specializing in international arbitration. She currently serves primarily as an arbitrator. In the past few years, Nadine has been appointed as Tribunal Chair, Sole Arbitrator, or Co-Arbitrator in arbitrations arising from a wide range of disputes under the Arbitration Rules of numerous arbitration institutions, including the ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA, BCDR-AAA, ADCCAC, and LAMC as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Nadine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

In addition to her arbitration work, in January 2022, Nadine was appointed by Royal Decree as a Judge on the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

She previously served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation PJSC (ADBIC), one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies, mandated by the Abu Dhabi Government to be a key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.

Nadine holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University. She is a member of the New York Bar.

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