Dr Nudrat E. Piracha

Partner - Commercial

Dr Nudrat E. Piracha

Dr Nudrat E. Piracha

Partner - Commercial

Dr. Nudrat E. Piracha is a leader in Pakistan in the practice of international commercial and investment arbitrations. She has served both as counsel and arbitrator in international investment arbitrations and has advised on investment issues in cross-border transactions. She has also served on the 8 member committee constituted by Pakistan for advising on international law and the 12 member committee constituted to advise on the investment state arbitration regime in Pakistan.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Weinstein JAMS International Fellow for 2018, and the first lawyer from Pakistan to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is the first woman in Pakistan to have qualified as a Doctor of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.) She is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In a career stretching over seventeen years, she has worked as counsel in the field of ADR in arbitrations before ICSID, ICC, SCC, DFIC-LCIA and Ad Hoc tribunals. She is a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience up to the Supreme Court of England and Wales besides being a Member of the High Court Bar of Pakistan. She was nominated to the panel of arbitrators of ICSID by Pakistan in 2018 and has served as a member of an Ad Hoc Committee of ICSID in relation to annulment proceedings in a dispute between a British national and the State of Sri Lanka.

She has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and training in ADR, mediation, negotiation, and arbitration from the most prestigious universities and organizations, including amongst others the Universities of Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, George Washington and the London School of Economics.

  • Author of the highly acclaimed book "Toward Uniformly Accepted Principles for Interpreting MFN Clauses: Striking a Better Balance between State Sovereignty and the Protection of Investors" (Published in June 2021 by Kluwer International Arbitration).
  • The chapter on MFN clauses in the book "International Investment Law & Arbitration in Central Asia".
  • "Theory and Practice of Islamic Financing in Pakistan – A legal insight of national and international issues for Investments in Pakistan based on hybrid financing structures and banking systems"

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"She has considerable expertise in (among other things) the law of investment treaty disputes, impeccable integrity, and a strong sense of fairness and justice."


  • Pakistan


International arbitration including commercial and investment treaty arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, international law, corporate governance, international business transactions

Qualifications and Professional bodies

    • LLB - Punjab University
    • LLM - London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Mediating Dispitues Certification - Havard Law School
    • Court-Annexed Mediations - UC Hasting
    • Human Rights in the Market Place, Advocacy of Human Rights Certification - GW/Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law
    • Emerging Leaders Certification - Harvard Kennedy School – Leadership and Negotiation
    • Master Class in Negotiation and Emerging Leaders - Harvard Law School – Leadership and Negotiation
    • S.J.D. - The George Washington University Law School (before Committee consisting of Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Dean Rosa Celorio, Judge Charles N. Brower, and Mr. Stanimir A. Alexandrov)
    • Certificate/Cornell- Executive Women in Leadership
    • Solicitors Regulation Authority
    • Solicitors Regulation Authority
    • Islamabad High Court
    • Bar of Rawalpindi/Islamabad


  • Samdani & Qureshi (Law Firm)
  • Infrastructure Project Development Facility, Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan (IPDF)
  • National Tariff Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan (NTC)


    • Weinstein JAMS International Senior Fellow 2018.
    • Fulbright Scholar since 2015.
    • Panel of Distinguished arbitrators and mediators of Centre for Dispute Resolution and Prevention (CPR)
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
    • Best ADR Lawyer by Ministry of Law and First Women in Law Initiative, Pakistan.