Derains & Gharavi International

Sandra Azima



LANGUAGES: Swedish, English, French, Spanish and Farsi

Sandra is an associate at Derains & Gharavi specialising in international arbitration based in Paris. Her practice focuses on commercial, investment treaty and construction disputes. Sandra has advised and represented clients in international arbitrations in various jurisdictions and across a wide range of sectors under many of the major arbitration rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and UNCITRAL.

Prior to joining Derains & Gharavi, Sandra worked as a trainee for the European Union’s diplomatic service, the European External Action Service (EEAS) in New York, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, as well as the Dubai office of a leading international law firm.

Sandra is admitted to the New York bar. She obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law in New York, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) specialising in English and French law from the University of Westminster in London and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice.


Since Sep. 2018 Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2015 – 2018 Associate, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Dubai)
2014 Trainee, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Dubai)


2013 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, New York, USA
2010 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in English and French law, First Class Honours, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
2009 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France (exchange year as part of the LL.B. degree at the University of Westminster)



“The Changing Landscape of Investment Treaty Protection in India”, co-authored with Matei Purice, Transnational Dispute Management Journal, 2018

“Enforcing Awards and Foreign Judgments: Using DIFC Courts as Conduit Jurisdiction”, International Law Office, 2015

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