Dr Nudrat E. Piracha

Samdani & Qureshi




International Commercial and Investment Arbitrations

English, Urdu, Punjabi

The George Washington University Law School (before Committee consisting of Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Dean Rosa Celorio, Judge Charles N. Brower, and Mr. Stanimir A. Alexandrov) Washington, D.C. - S.J.D. (2016-April 2020)
Harvard Law School – Leadership and Negotiation, Cambridge, MA, - Master Class in Negotiation and Emerging Leaders (2018)
Harvard Kennedy School – Leadership and Negotiation, Cambridge, MA - Certificate, Emerging Leaders (2018)
GW/Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law , Oxford, U.K. - Certificate, Human Rights in the Market Place, Advocacy of Human Rights (2018)
UC Hasting, International ADR Center, San Francisco, U.S.A. - Certificate, Court-Annexed Mediations (2018)
Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiations, Cambridge, MA - Certificate, Mediating Disputes (2017)
London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, LL.M. - International Business Law (2005)
Punjab University Pakistan, LL.B. 2002
Women in Leadership, Cornell, 2021



Dissertation on Toward Uniformly Accepted Principles for Interpreting MFN Clauses: Striking a Better Balance between State Sovereignty and the Protection of Investors (Published in June 2021 by Kluwer International Arbitration).
Chapter on MFN clauses in the book International Investment Law & Arbitration in Central Asia
Theory and Practice of Islamic Financing in Pakistan – A legal insight of national and international issues for Investments in Pakistan based on hybrid financing structures and banking systems
Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited v. the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – liability under a BIT despite domestic court’s findings of corruption and illegality, Blog, 2017.
Updated all the cases and laws of Pakistan on the Kluwer website/ International Transnational Arbitration Website.
The Award of the ICJ in the Kishan Ganga Dispute, Kluwer Blog, 2012.
The Award in Riko Dik Case, Asia Pacific Forum, 2017.
Case Reports on Pakistani case laws, Kluwer Arbitration, 2012.
Reports on various arbitration and investment-related legislation of Pakistan, Kluwer Arbitration, 2012.
Reports on various Bilateral Investment Treaties of Pakistan, Kluwer Arbitration, 2012.

Speaking engagements:
Book Launch at HIALSA

BOOK LAUNCH at George Washington University: https://www.law.gwu.edu/book-launch-toward-uniformly-accepted-principles-interpreting-mfn-clauses-striking-balance

SPEAKER AT HARVARD: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/hialsa/category/uncategorized/

SPEAKER AT HARVARD: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/hialsa/conference/welcome-to-the-2021-harvard-international-arbitration-conference/conference-schedule-and-program/panel-3-investment-protection-and-international-arbitration-in-emerging-markets-in-a-pandemic-ridden-world/

SPEAKER AT ICSID/ASIL: https://www.asil.org/event/how-covid-19-impacting-investment-arbitration

SPEAKER AT HARVARD: https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/hialsa/


SPEARKER AT DC Bar Association about arbitration practice.

Senior Partner at Samdani & Qureshi
CEO at International Centre for Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Prevention

Dr. Nudrat E. Piracha is leading the legal team of Pakistan’s first global law firm, Samdani & Qureshi, which is a collaborating firm of Andersen Global. She has served both as counsel and arbitrator in international investment arbitrations and has advised on investment issues in cross boarder transactions. She is also serving on the 8 member committee constitued by Pakistan for advising on International law and 12 member committee constituted to advise on invest state arbitration regime in Pakistan.
She is also the founder of the first all inclusive centre for provision of all form of Appropriate Dispute Resolution training and services in Pakistan–International Centre for Appropriate Dispute Resolution and prevention (I-CADRP).
She is a Fulbright scholar, a Weinstein JAMS International Fellow for 2018, and the first lawyer from Pakistan to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (FCIArb). She is the first woman in Pakistan to have qualified as an S.J.D. She is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In a career stretching over seventeen years, she worked as counsel in the field of ADR in arbitrations before ICSID, ICC, SCC, DFIC-LCIA, Ad Hoc tribunals, and rose to partnership at the leading Pakistani firm, Samdani & Qureshi, before leaving for an S.J.D. at George Washington. She is a Solicitor of England and Wales besides being a Member of the High Court Bar of Pakistan. She was nominated to the panel of arbitrators of ICSID by Pakistan in 2018 and served as a member of an Ad Hoc Committee of ICSID in relation to annulment proceedings in a dispute between a British national and State of Sri Lanka.
She has extensive experience in cross boarder transactions and training in ADR, mediation, negotiation, and arbitrations from most prestigious universities and organizations.

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