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Niuscha has a solid track-record, spanning nearly two decades, as counsel and arbitrator (sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous institutional and ad hoc international arbitrations, governed by various procedural and substantive laws in commercial and investment disputes. Her diverse and vast experience has led her to become a sought-after strategic adviser on setting-aside and enforcement matters, in particular under the New York Convention regime. She also has experience in IP law and creative sectors including technology, fashion, luxury watches and yachts, retail and design, as well as international restitution matters concerning art objects.
Niuscha has been lecturing for over a decade in the master’s program at the ICHEC Business and Management School in Brussels on International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also a faculty member of the University of Miami School of Law for the LL.M. in international arbitration.
Niuscha regularly speaks at leading conferences and seminars on international arbitration around the globe and publishes on novel matters concerning international arbitration, such as on efficiency in investment arbitration, arbitration in the digital age, artificial intelligence, blockchain and international arbitration, arbitrators and their online identity and economic sanctions in international arbitration. She is the co-editor and author of the sole English-language commentary on the Belgian arbitration law “Arbitration in Belgium”.
Niuscha is Vice-President of the Belgian Chapter of Club Español de Arbitraje and a member of the International Board of the Finnish Arbitration Institution, the Appointing Committee of the German Institution of Arbitration, the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Arbitration, the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee, the IBA Rules and Guidelines Sub-Committee, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings, the ICC Task Force of Addressing Issues on Corruption in International Arbitration, the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings and the SIAC Users Council and Panel of Arbitrators. She is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, the inaugural panel of arbitrators of the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Scottish Arbitration Centre.
Since 2014, Niuscha has been praised in Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration. In 2019 Niuscha was recognized once more as a Thought Leader for her exceptional practice and praised by peers as an “excellent arbitrator with a great client manner”. For 2020, Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration recognizes Niuscha Bassiri as a Thought Leader, stating that she is “already a leader in the younger generation of arbitrators”, with sources recommending her as “super-organised and insightful”, as well as “extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration”.
She is admitted to the Cologne Bar in Germany and is a member of the Brussels Bar in Belgium.
Niuscha took her Second State Examination in 2002 in Germany, after studying law at the universities of Barcelona (one-year Erasmus scholarship in 1996-1997) and Cologne, where she obtained her First State Examination in 2000.
She is fluent in English and German, and has working knowledge in Dutch, Farsi, French and Spanish.
Jurisdiction: Germany and Belgium