Saadia Bhatty

Saadia Bhatty

Attorney at Law and Counsel

Firm or Organisation

Present Position
Attorney at Law (New York) | Counsel

Type of Practitioner
Counsel, Lawyer


Country of Residence
United Kingdom

Practice Areas
Arbitration, DRB (Dispute resolution board), DAB (Dispute adjudication board), Mediation

Saadia is a dual-qualified lawyer admitted to the New York bar (and with admission pending before the Paris bar) and Counsel in the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) team of Gide’s London office. Prior to joining Gide in London, Saadia was part of leading US and UK's international firm's arbitration groups in New York and London as well as Gide's arbitration group in Paris. She advises and represents States and private entities on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious international dispute resolution law matters, in particular in international commercial and investment arbitrations and other public international law matters. Saadia has acted as counsel in investment and commercial arbitration proceedings conducted under the rules of various institutions, dealing with the laws of both civil and common-law jurisdictions, in particular in the energy, oil & gas and construction sectors in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Saadia’s experience also includes providing thorough advice to clients on drafting arbitral clauses under various rules including those of the ICC, the ICSID, the LCIA, the SCC and the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), and acting as Secretariat for an arbitral tribunal in several ICC proceedings. Saadia regularly speaks at international arbitration conferences globally and has lectured in various law schools in international law.

Bar Admission
Admitted to the New York bar; Admission pending before the Paris bar

Graduate from Harvard Law School, the Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne in Paris, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Foreign Investors in the African Extractive Sector - Don't forget your Umbrella!, Transnational Dispute Management, Special Issue on Africa, (Upcoming) 2018; The China Africa Joint Arbitration Centre: A Natural Step to Sustain the Exponential Growth of Sino African Business and Trade - AILA Blog, March 2017; 2017: The Year of Foreign Investment Revival for Egypt? - AILA Blog, December 2016; Pitfalls of Investing in Sub-Saharan African Regions with Unsettled Boundaries – How Foreign Investors May Minimize and Manage Investment Risk - Transnational Dispute Management, October 2016; Attorney’s antitrust suit against Wall Street Banks’ alleged group boycott of patented bond structure continues at trial level - Lexology, January 2014; New York branch of Japanese bank ordered to turn over blocked assets of “instrumentalities” of Iran - Lexology, July 2013

Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration, What counsel expects from experts and vice versa, London, 21 September 2018; The Future of Investment Arbitration in Europe, Recent Trends in International Arbitration: Common Law vs. Civil Law, - Brussels, Belgium - 1 June 2018; Global Business, Managing Risks and Resolving Disputes Through International Arbitration, Cambridge University, Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK - 29 May 2018; Oil/Gas Arbitration Involving States and State Entities: Selected Procedural and Substantive Issues - Gas Price Arbitration - London, United Kingdom - 1 May 2018; International Arbitration and Corporate Social Responsibility: Current Issues and Future Innovations - Future Innovations: The Role of Arbitration in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility - Paris, France - 15 March 2018; Foreign Direct Investment Operations and Investment Disputes in the African Extractive Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa's Growth & Development - The Protection of Foreign Investors in the African Extractive Sector (Umbrella Clauses) - Dubai, UAE - 14 December 2017; CARD's (Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement) Tour de Arbitration - Sovereign Immunity as a Bar to Enforcement of Investment Awards - Singapore, Republic of Singapore - 13-17 December 2017; OBOR and CPEC: The Resolution of Commercial and Investment Disputes - Effective Methods for Resolution of OBOR and CPEC Disputes - Lahore, Pakistan - 21 October 2017; YOUNG ICCA Training Workshop, How (and Whether) to Wrap a Hearing in a Post-Hearing Brief - Lahore, Pakistan April, 2017; CIICA International Arbitration Conference on Capacity Building, Capacity Building in International Arbitration for Pakistani Lawyers in Pakistan: Why and How? - Lahore High Court, Pakistan - April 2017; International Arbitration Series, London, Paris or New York? Where to Bring (and Practice) International Arbitration?, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA - March 2017; ICC YAF/CAMBRIDGE ARBITRATION DAY, Clash between the Common Law and Civil Law in International Arbitration- Cambridge, UK - March 2017

Other Information
Professional Associations and Pro bono activities: •Managing Editor of the African International Legal Awareness (AILA) Blog, since October 2016 •Executive Committee Member of the Africa Legal Initiative (ALI) •Member of the American Bar Association (ABA), New York Bar Association (NYBA), Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF), ICDR Young & International Associates, Young Oil & Gas Energy Mining Infrastructure Dispute Resolution (OGEMID), Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA40), FDI Moot Competition Arbitrators, Harvard Club of New York, France and UK and Harvard Women in France •Member of the ICC Rising Star Young Finance Forum •Co-Chair of the Harvard French Scholarship Fund Awards and Certifications •Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) •Pro Bono Award, Chadbourne & Parke, 2013 (for work done on advising the government of Somalia on their Provisional Constitution) •Completed the FIAA International Arbitration Advocacy Workshop, “Questioning of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration,” Paris, December 2011 •Fulbright Scholar, 2008 •Arthur Sachs Scholar, 2008 •Recipient of the Harvard French Scholarship and Harvard French Scholar of the Year Award, 2008 •Agrégation (Teaching Degree) in Law, Economics, Management, 2007

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  • English : Native Fluency
    • Conduct DR proceedings
    • Represent clients as an advocate in DR proceedings
    • Testify orally
    • Draft opinions, reports, agreements, decisions, orders or awards
    • Understand written documents
  • French: Native Fluency
    • Conduct DR proceedings
    • Represent clients as an advocate in DR proceedings
    • Testify orally
    • Draft opinions, reports, agreements, decisions, orders or awards
    • Understand written documents
  • Urdu/Hindi (Fluent - oral): Native Fluency
  • Spanish: Proficient