Nigel is based in Washington and a partner in our global arbitration group.
Nigel is head of our US andLatin America
international arbitration groups and is cited by clients as an ‘undisputed leader in his field’. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state under bilateral investment treaties, with a focus on Latin America.
Nigel has represented states and foreign investors in arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID, the ICC, LCIA, AAA and UNCITRAL, both in English and Spanish.
‘Nigel Blackaby is renowned for his extensive experience in investment treaty and arbitral work, particularly in Latin America.’
Chambers Global 2011
‘Nigel Blackaby commands tremendous respect and is widely recognised as one of the premier names in the market.’
Chambers Global 2011
‘Nigel Blackaby is without a doubt the leading lawyer for Latin American international arbitration.’
Chambers Latin America 2011
Nigel's recent deals and highlights include:
- CMS, Total, Suez and National Grid in their victories against Argentina as well as successfully defending Pakistan in the case of SGS v. Pakistan;
- Treaty arbitrations involving Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Venezuela; and
- Telecom Italia in five parallel arbitrations before the ICC concerning the control of Brasil Telecom.
Nigel is also a former president of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration, as well as an editor of Arbitration International and a member of the executive of the LCIA Latin America Users’ Committee;
He is co-author of the following publications:
- Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (5th edition, Oxford, 2009);
- Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edition, Kluwer, 2010); and
- International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003).
Nigel is an adjunct professor of investment treaty arbitration at American University in Washington, D.C.
One of the world’s 20 most prominent arbitration specialists by Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
Qualifications and education
-law degree from the University of Exeter (UK); and
-law degree from the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France).
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.