Current activity

Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels Member of the faculty of the LLM international arbitration program of the University of Miami School of Law

Professional focus

Banking and Finance
Energy and power
Gas and Oil
Infrastructure and Transport
Investment Disputes
Joint Ventures/Consortia/Shareholder Agreements
Distribution and franchise

Areas of law

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Civil law
EU law
International investment law
Private international law
Contract law
Public international law

My career

  • 2002 Second State Examination
  • Admission to the Cologne Bar
  • 2002-2003 Associate with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, London
  • 2003-2006 Consultant to arbitrator Robert Knutson, London
  • 2006 Admission to Brussels Bar
  • 2006-2011 Associate, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels
  • 2012-present Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

Arbitration experience

Arbitrator under the following rules: CEPANI, DIS, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, LCIA, NAI, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and VIAC. Sectors include banking, construction, energy, entertainment, finance, food and beverage, highways, infrastructure, insurance, luxury and leisure, maritime equipment, metallurgical industry, mining, nuclear power plants, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, railways, real estate, satellites, solar power plants, steel, telecommunication, third-party funding, transportation, watches, wind parks and yachts and relating to diverse legal issues including corruption, distributorship, investment, joint ventures, licensing, patents, post-M&A, sales of goods and shareholdings.


  • “Arbitration in Belgium – A Practitioner’s Guide”, Niuscha Bassiri and Maarten Draye (eds.), Kluwer International Law, 2015.
  • International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Niuscha Bassiri, Maxi Scherer (eds.), Kluwer International Law, 2020
  • Praxiskommentar ICC-SchO/DIS-SchO Kommentar, Nedden/Herzberg/Kopetzki, Otto Verlag (2. Auflage), 2022, Kommentierungen zu Artikel 6 ICC-SchO (mit Ulrich Kopetzki), Article 28 ICC-SchO (mit Benjamin Herzberg), Artikel 30 DIS-SchO
  • ‘’Devil’s Advocate – Counterintuitive? – What, Why and Who Is the Devil’s Advocate in Default Proceedings?’’, Niuscha Bassiri, Default in International Arbitration, Reports from the CEPANI Colloquium, Wolters Kluwer, November 2022
  • "Cross-border Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Rendered in ODR’’, Niuscha Bassiri & Pratyush Panjwani, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Review, Volume 8, Number 1, June 2021
  • See full list of publications at:


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  • English
  • German
  • Farsi: fluent; Spanish and French: conversational.


  • Editorial Board, Journal of International Arbitration
  • IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee
  • IBA Rules and Guidelines Sub-Committee
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • SIAC Users Council
  • Inaugural Panel of Arbitrators of the BVI IAC.
  • Advisory Board of CyberArb and the Indian Review of International Arbitration
  • CEPANI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Court Member of the Casablanca International Mediation And Arbitration Center (CIMAC)

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