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Diora Muzafarovna Ziyaeva

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Counsel, Dentons US LLP


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Diora Ziyaeva is a counsel at Dentons LLP and an Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School. Her practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law.

Diora Ziyaeva has a decade and a half of experience representing corporate clients, states, and state-owned entities in investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings. She has successfully handled cases ranging in value from $10 million to $20 billion, with experience in renewable energy, oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, construction, and aerospace disputes in Latin America, Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Oceania, and Africa. She has been involved as counsel in over two dozen international arbitration proceedings, both institutional (ICSID, LCIA, ICC, ICDR, SIAC, HKAIC and SCC) and ad hoc, as well as post-arbitral disputes (annulment and enforcement) for both private and public operators.

Diora Ziyaeva was recognized in 2021, 2022 and 2023 as a "Future Leader" in arbitration by Who's Who Legal, and in 2018 as one of the American Bar Association's On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers.

She is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, a mediator certified by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she teaches investment treaty arbitration.