Nawi Ukabiala (@nawi616) is an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where his practice focuses on international dispute resolution and public international law. He has been instructed by States and private companies in international arbitration proceedings under the auspices of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the International Chamber of Commerce and proceedings before federal and state courts in the United States. His representations have also involved human rights proceedings before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, third-party communications to the International Criminal Court, and business and human rights compliance.
Nawi previously served as the legal officer to Judge Julia Sebutinde at the International Court of Justice and clerked for Justice Edward Mansfield of the Iowa Supreme Court. Nawi also previously worked as a legal consultant in the Operations Policy Group of the World Bank’s legal department where he advised personnel on compliance with the Bank’s legal and policy framework.
Nawi obtained his LL.M. from NYU in 2014 where he was a transitional justice scholar and international finance and development fellow. While at NYU, he interned for Judge Goldberg at the Court of International Trade and Felice Gaer, then-Chair of the Committee Against Torture. Nawi obtained his J.D. from Drake University in 2011 summa cum laude and Order of the Coif.