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 is a member of the New York Bar and has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years, with professional experience in the United States, France, and the Middle East.

Nadine is a Chartered Arbitrator specializing in international arbitration, having started her career as an attorney within Shearman & Sterling’s Arbitration Group in Paris. In the past few years, she has been appointed as Tribunal Chair, Sole Arbitrator or Co-Arbitrator in numerous arbitrations arising from a wide range of disputes under the Arbitration Rules of the ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA, BCDR-AAA, and LAMC as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Nadine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

In parallel to her arbitration practice, Nadine also advises on corporate/commercial transactions and project development. She previously served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation PJSC (ADBIC, now merged into SENAAT), 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.

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