Nour Nicolas

New York
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

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York


  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish


  • Armenia v. Azerbaijan (Application of CERD): Representing Armenia in an ICJ litigation concerning international human rights law.
  • Azerbaijan v. Armenia (Application of CERD): Representing Armenia in an ICJ litigation concerning international human rights law.
  • Sanitek S.a.r.l., Sari Haddad and Elias Doumet v. Republic of Armenia: Counsel to Armenia in an ICSID arbitration under the Armenia-Canada and Armenia-Lebanon bilateral investment treaties in a dispute concerning waste management services.
  • Axiata Investments (UK) Limited and Ncell Private Limited v. Nepal: Counsel to Nepal in an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Nepal bilateral investment treaty in a dispute concerning the imposition of capital gains tax on the acquisition of shares in a Nepalese telecom company. 
  • 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).
  • Research Assistant with the Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, 2019


Honors & Involvement

  • 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)
  • 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