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Mahnaz Malik

 Barrister   Arbitrator


Mahnaz Malik is an international arbitrator, barrister, and author. She currently practices as a Barrister and Arbitrator at Twenty Essex Chambers. She has over 21 years of experience advising governments, corporations, and international organisations on international law issues and disputes. She has acted as counsel on behalf of both investors and states in landmark investments and commercial disputes, including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, and PCA administered arbitrations.


After graduation from Cambridge University, Mahnaz was admitted to practice law in New York, England, and Pakistan. She was awarded The Law Society's "National Trainee Solicitor of the Year and "Trainee Solicitor Most Likely to Succeed on the International Stage.” She is also the winner of the 2007 Financial Times' Innovative Lawyers Award, the President of Pakistan’s Shining Star Award 2005, and The City of London’s Wig and Pen Pro Bono Prize 2005.


Mahnaz is the youngest woman appointed to an ICSID Annulment Committee since records began in 1965.  She serves on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and was on the editorial board of the ICSID Review. Presently, she is serving on the Annulment Committee in Almasryia for Operating & Maintaining Touristic Construction Co. L.L.C. v State of Kuwait.


Mahnaz publishes, teaches, and speaks extensively. Her writings are frequently cited in academic journals, examination papers and appear on syllabi. She is a governing body fellow of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge University.

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