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Samaa A. Haridi

New York

Samaa A. Haridi
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Practice Group

Samaa Haridi is a civil and common law-trained, trilingual lawyer who represents corporations and financial institutions from all over the world in international commercial and investment arbitration, under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. She also frequently sits as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Samaa has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration. She has been singled out by clients for her "brilliant," "no-nonsense and impressive" approach. Sources also acknowledge her as being "hard-working and very entrepreneurial," as well as a "unique practitioner with unique skills" who delivers "clear and intelligent arguments." She is also recognized by The Legal 500 and by Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2018.

Born in Switzerland, Samaa grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France. She holds a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Private International Law and International Business Transactions from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a Sorbonne Scholar.

Samaa is a member of the New York, California, and England & Wales bars. She is fluent in French and Arabic and is also conversant in Spanish.


The "brilliant" Samaa Haridi is commended for her "no-nonsense and impressive" approach, and is particularly praised for her "clear and intelligent arguments."

Chambers USA 2017 (International Arbitration)

Representative experience

Representing Hungary in an ICSID arbitration under the Hungary-Portugal BIT in relation to the bankruptcy of the investor.

Representing a Spanish contractor in a Paris-based ICC arbitration under Greek law involving a large project in Greece.

Representing a Polish chemical manufacturer in a London-based ICC arbitration under New York law relating to termination of a supply agreement.

Representing a Hungarian energy company in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) involving the company's investments in Croatia.

Advising an American investor in an ICSID arbitration proceeding against the government of Egypt under the U.S.-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.

Representing a hotel management company in a London-based ICC arbitration under the laws of the United Arab Emirates relating to a hotel in the UAE.

Representing a large international organization in an ad hoc arbitration proceeding under the UNCITRAL rules, involving a breach of contract.

Representing a Fortune 500 company in a Paris-based ICC arbitration relating to a hospitality project in Lebanon under the laws of Lebanon.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., University of San Diego, 1999
  • D.E.A., University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1998
  • Maîtrise en Droit, with honors, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1997


  • Board Member, Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA)
  • Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (U.S. Chapter)
  • Co-Chair, Workstream on Arbitration of Islamic Finance Disputes, ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration
  • Editorial Board Member, IBA International Arbitration Newsletter
  • Editorial Board Member, Juris Publishing Journal of Technology in International Arbitration
  • Editorial Board Member, Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration
  • Executive Board Member, International Center for Dispute Resolution Young and International
  • Member, Arbitral Women
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (International Commercial Disputes and Middle East Committees)
  • Member, French-American Bar Association (FABA)
  • Member, New York International Arbitration Center Program Committee
  • Member, New York International Arbitration Club
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Center
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Steering Group Member, IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules Subcommittee

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • California
  • England and Wales


International Arbitration (USA)

Chambers Global


International Arbitration (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


Future Star

Benchmark Litigation


Burton Award for Legal Achievement (Excellence in Legal Writing)

Burton Foundation

2015, 2017

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration

Legal 500 US

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Chapter Publication “Enforcement of ICSID Awards” published in “International Arbitration in the United States,” Wolter’s Kluwer, (2017)

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