Kabir Duggal

Kabir Duggal

Arnold & Porter

Recognized since 2022

New York, New York

Practice Areas

International Arbitration - Commercial

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Dr. Kabir Duggal is an attorney in Arnold and Porter's New York office focusing on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. Dr. Duggal's experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. His experience flows from his triple training in international law, common law, and civil law traditions. The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars. He has facilitated the mediation and negotiation of complex disputes. He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel "Investment Support Program" (which was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the category of “Best Developments” for 2018). He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Investment Support Program. He has also conducted training and capacity-building sessions for several Governments including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, India, Philippines among others on public international law and dispute resolution matters. He also serves on the Federal Republic of Somalia’s New York Convention Task Force as well as the WTO Negotiating Team (International Board).

Dr. Duggal has considerable experience in various aspects of public international law and dispute resolution. He was a consultant at The World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where he worked with the Development Research Group focusing on socioeconomic rights in the developing world, and for UNICEF on issues of child rights and child protection. He has also worked as a judicial clerk for an Indian Supreme Court Judge. Dr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, teaching "International Investment Law and Arbitration." He is also a Course Director and Faculty Member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration. He has also taught dispute resolution courses in educational institutions all over the world including Georgetown University Law Center, Fordham Law School, The Graduate Institute (Geneva, Switzerland), ESADE Law School (Barcelona), National Law University (Jodhpur, India), University of Carlos III (Madrid, Spain), National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), Government Law College (Mumbai, India) among others. He also hosts a leading webinar series entitled “TagTime” which involves conversations with leading arbitrators from all over the world. Dr. Duggal has published several articles and books and is regularly invited to speak at conferences globally. He is the Managing Editor for Columbia Law School’s “The American Review of International Arbitration” and is an editor for investmentclaims.com hosted by Oxford University Press. He has co-authored a book entitled "Evidence in Investment Arbitration" published by Oxford University Press and "Principles of Evidence in Public International Law as applied by Investor-State Tribunals" by Brill Publishing. He has received the Burton "Law360 Distinguish Legal Writing Award" for his scholarly writings. His writings have been cited by arbitral tribunals and by the Supreme Court of Switzerland. He also serves as an Associate Editor for "ICSID Review" and also serves on its Peer Review Board and is also an Associate Editor for Brill-Nijhoff’s “Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration.”He is also a co-chair of the Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He is a Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Development. He has been awarded the “2018 Academic Prize” by the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) and is listed in Leiden University’s “2019 Hall of Fame.”

Dr. Duggal has been awarded the inaugural "Diversity Fellowship" by the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. He is the American Arbitration Association's "Higginbotham Fellow." Dr. Duggal sits on the Advisory Committee for Government Law College’s Arbitration Cell, Mumbai, the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA), and Georgetown’s International Investment Law Center (IILC). In 2018, Dr. Duggal was elected a Fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Society of Arts, in recognition of his contributions to international law. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California International Arbitration Council, Inc. (CIAC) and also serves on its Academic Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston International Arbitration Council (BIAC). Dr. Duggal has received several accolades for his work in international arbitration and public international law. He has been ranked as the 4th Most Highly Regarded Future Leader in the Americas by Who's Who Legal (2019) and is the youngest practitioner to be listed in the Global Listing of Arbitrators by Who’s Who Legal (2020). He received the "40 under 40 Rising Star Award" by Legal Era - Legal Media Group in 2018. He has been ranked as a "Rising Star" by Experts Guides (2019), has been recommended by Legal 500 US for "International Arbitration," is listed as a "Super Lawyer" in the New York metro region (2019 to 2021), and is listed as a "Rising Star" in Commercial Arbitration by Euromoney Legal Media Group (2019). In 2019, he was also awarded the "Inspiring Citizen Award" by the Institute of Self Reliance and the "Young Lawyer of the Year 2019" by the Indian National Bar Association (the largest voluntary professional association in India). Dr. Duggal has been ranked as among the "Top Ten Arbitrators" for the Asia Pacific Region by the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) and received the "2019 Equality and Diversity Award in Dispute Resolution" by Prime Dispute in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Duggal was awarded the “2020 Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year for the Americas" and received the 2021 Award for Most Substantial Contributions to International Arbitration by the Association of Conflict Resolution for Greater New York (ACR-GNY). Dr. Duggal also maintains an active practice as both an arbitrator and mediator. He is also admitted as a “Council Member” for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Dr. Duggal is both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator and a Certified Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. He is admitted, inter alia, to the AAA and ICDR: Panel of Arbitrators, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR): Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC): List of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre: Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Mediators, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA): Arbitrator Roster, is also listed on the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB): Panel of Arbitrators. Dr. Duggal is a graduate of the University of Mumbai (University Medal), University of Oxford (DHL-Times of India Scholar) and NYU School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar) and Leiden Law School (2018 Academic Prize by CEPANI). He is currently pursuing an SJD Degree at Harvard Law School.

  • 250 West 55th Street
    New York, NY 10019-9710
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Harvard University, SJD Candidate
  • Leiden University, Ph.D. in Law
  • New York University, LL.M. (Hauser Global Scholar)
  • University of Oxford, BCL (Law)
Bar Admissions
  • New York, New York
  • District of Columbia, DC
  • United Kingdom, Barrister (Admission pending)
  • India, Advocate

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • “Award for Significant Impact in International Arbitration” Association for Conflict Resolution for Greater New York (ACR GNY) (2021).
  • “Rising Stars: Americas” Euromoney Rising Stars Awards (2021).
  • “2020 Dispute Resolution Award of the Year--Americas,” Prime Dispute (2021).
  • “Best Arbitration Jurist” India Legal Awards (2020).
  • Who’s Who Legal 2020, Leader in International Arbitration (2020) (youngest person to be listed).
  • “Top 10 Arbitrator Award for Asia Pacific Region,” Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) (2019).
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Arbitration
  • International Arbitration - Governmental


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