S.J.D., LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center; M.A., LL.B., University of Tehran. Admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC.
Dr. Sabahi is a counsel in the International Arbitration Group of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP. He focuses his practice on representing governments and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters.
Dr. Sabahi's experience includes serving as counsel and expert in cases brought under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA Chapter 11, and DR-CAFTA Chapter 10 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) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). His industry experience includes working on energy-related disputes (mainly oil & gas and power generation) as well as disputes pertaining to satellite television, royalty agreements, mining, 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 40 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.