Nour Nicolas

Associate - New York

Nour Nicolas
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Nour Nicolas focuses her practice on public international litigation, investor-State arbitration and international commercial arbitration. She has experience representing sovereign states, state-owned entities and private companies in numerous arbitrations conducted namely under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Her cases have involved a wide array of sectors, notably natural resources, banking and finance, construction, taxation, joint ventures and telecommunications.


  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2019
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Masters in International Business Law, 2017
  • Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, Bachelor of Laws, 2016


English, French, Arabic, Spanish

Representative Experience

  • AVAX S.A. v. Lebanese Republic (ICSID): Representing the Lebanese Republic in an investment case in the energy sector.
  • B3 Croatian Courier Coöperatif U.A. v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID): Representing the Republic of Croatia in an investment case related to the liberalization of the country’s postal services market.
  • Antonio del Valle Ruiz et al v. Kingdom of Spain (UNCITRAL): Representing Spain in an investment dispute involving the bankruptcy of a Spanish bank.
  • Series of ICC commercial disputes arising out of the operation of an oil refinery in Libya: Representing the National Oil Corporation of Libya (state-owned company).

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant with the Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, 2019
  • "Arbitration Procedures and Practice in the United States: Overview," Practical Law Arbitration Global Guide: U.S., Thomson Reuters (June 2021)  
  • “In Lebanon’s Economic Crisis, Private Claims Harm the Public Interest,” Harvard International Review
  • “Recent Clauses Pertaining to Environmental, Labor and Human Rights in Investment Agreements: Laudable Success or Disappointing Failure?” Kluwer Arbitration Blog


  • Honors list, Full scholarship for academic excellence from Université Saint-Joseph (2012-2016)
  • Honors for the LL.M. paper ‘Re-Imagining IIAs: Towards a More Reciprocal Approach of the Investment Agreement between the Host State and Foreign Investors’ (Harvard Law School, 2019)

Professional/Civic Involvement

  • Board Director of Harvard Relations at Harvard Arab Alumni Association
  • Jus Mundi: Contributor
  • Ambassador of Arbitrator Intelligence
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot: Coach, Arbitrator