Sima Ghaffari

Tehran Bar Association, ICC YAF




Dispute Resolution, Business law, International Trade Law, International Commercial Contracts

Persian (Native), English (Advanced), Arabic (Basic)

Master of Law, L.L.M., Allameh Tabataba’I University, Tehran, 2017- Feb, 2020,
Specialization in Arbitration and International Trade Law

LL.B. (J.D. equivalent), Allameh Tabataba’I University, Tehran, Iran, 2013-2016,
Specialization in Iranian legal system and jurisprudence

LL.B, English Translation, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran, (Double Major Student) 2014-2019,
Specialization in legal translation from Persian to English and English to Persian


• Author of ICCA Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, Court decisions and updates from Iran, 2021

• Arbitrability of IPR Disputes through the Lens of the Iranian Legal System, Published on the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, October 2021

• Drafting Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses, co-authored with Dr. Michael Komuczky, Published on the Kluwer Mediation Blog, November 201

• Gender Diversity in the Iranian Arbitration Community: Time for a Change?, published in the ADR journal of the HKIAC, May 2022

• TPF beyond COVID-19: What can we expect in the post-pandemic scenario?, co-authored with Sami Houerbi, Published in University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre, September 2020

• Art Disputes and the Court of Arbitration for Art: Evolution or Revolution?, Published in the American Review of International Arbitration, January 2021

• The future of mediation in MENA region after the Singapore Convention, MENA Business Law Review, LexisNexis Business Law Review, published on May 2021

• Mediation in Iran; Current Status and Future Challenges, co-authored with David Lutran and Joséphine Hage Chahine, To be published in summer 2022 in the International Journal of Arab Arbitration

• Mediation in Art Law: A New Era with the CAfA? Published in, November 2021

• Reasoning of Arbitral Awards: An Iranian Perspective, The American Review of International Arbitration Blog, Columbia University, 26 May 2022

Recent Speaking Opportunities:

• Speaker at the YPG Asian International Arbitration Center (AIAC) on the topic of Multi-party Arbitration, March 2022
• Conference Presentation at Shahid Beheshti University on Effect of Human Rights on International trade Law and Foreign Investment, BHR Arbitration Rules

• Member of the of Arbitral Women, RAI, Delos, ICC-YAF, ICCA, ITA, YIAG
• Project assistant, UNESCO Chair in Tehran, Iran, 2019- 2020
• Legal Advisor at Ferdowsi Legal firm (French-Iranian), September 2020- March 2022
Contact drafting, representing clients in matters related to arbitration and commercial law
Passed the Tehran Bar Exam, member of the Central Bar Association, Score: 335 out of more than 28.000 participants, 2021

I am a member of the Tehran Bar Association and presently serve as an ICC YAF Representative for North Africa, Turkey and Middle East. My practice focuses on dispute resolution and business law. I am also an arbitrator at ACIC. I frequently publish articles pertaining to ADR, in particular international arbitration and mediation. I can be reached at:

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