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Victoria Sahani

Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520

Victoria Shannon Sahani is a tenured Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona.  She has published articles in the UCLA Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Tennessee Journal of Business Law, and the Journal of International Arbitration, as well as book chapters in books published by Cambridge University Press, Brill / Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, and Wolters Kluwer.  The second edition of her coauthored book, Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (with Lisa Bench Nieuwveld), will be published by Wolters Kluwer in late 2017.  She received the 2014 Francis Lewis Law Center Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship and the 2015 Law Alumni Faculty Fellowship Award for Teaching given by Washington and Lee University School of Law.  She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Education published by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration, and the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC Legal Funding). 

Prior to joining the legal academy, Professor Sahani served for five years as Deputy Director of Arbitration and ADR in North America for the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  In this capacity, Professor Sahani advised government attorneys, in-house counsel and law firm attorneys on all phases of arbitration, mediation, and ADR, including negotiating and drafting dispute resolution clauses, selecting neutrals and enforcing arbitral awards.  She also simultaneously served as the Deputy Director of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which serves as the United States National Committee to the ICC, in nominating arbitrators, mediators, and experts for ICC Cases. 

Prior to joining the ICC, Professor Sahani served as an associate attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco, where she specialized in complex tax credit and municipal bond financing arrangements for affordable housing and community development real estate transactions, as well as matters involving American Indian tribes.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to New Orleans in January 2006 to assist the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Fair Housing Project with two housing discrimination claims.

Professor Sahani participated in the inaugural 2003-2004 class of the Harvard University Management Fellowship Program, during which time she served as the External Relations Fellow in Harvard’s Office of Government, Community, and Public Affairs. 

Professor Sahani holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.  She is an active member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007            

Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, Psychology, 2003


Research Interests

Professor Sahani's scholarship examines innovations in international and domestic dispute resolution, like third-party financing.  She is an expert on all aspects of domestic and international dispute resolution procedures, including civil procedure, negotiation, mediation, domestic arbitration, international arbitration, and investment treaty arbitration.  



Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (with Lisa Bench Nieuwveld) (Wolters Kluwer, 2d. ed. 2017) (forthcoming in 2017)

Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (with Lisa Bench Nieuwveld) (Wolters Kluwer, 2012)

Book Chapters

Stakeholders in Arbitration: Third-Party Funders in Cambridge Compendium of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (Andrea Bjorklund, Franco Ferrari & Stefan Kröll eds., Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming in 2017)

The Effect of Third-Party Funding on Financial Aspects of International Investment Treaty Cases in Emerging Issues on the Law of Damages and Valuation in International Investment Arbitration (with Mick Smith and Christiane Deniger of Calunius Capital) (Christina Beharry ed., Brill / Martinus Nijhoff) (forthcoming in 2017)

Comparing the Federal Arbitration Act and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration in International Arbitration in the United States (Laurence Shore, Lawrence Schaner, Mara Senn, Tai-Heng Cheng, & Jenelle La Chuisa eds., Wolters Kluwer) (forthcoming in 2017)

The 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2011 (with Jason Fry) (Arthur Rovine ed., Brill / Martinus Nijhoff, 2012)


Reshaping Third-Party Funding, 91 Tulane L. Rev. 405 (2017)

Judging Third-Party Funding, 63 UCLA L. Rev. 388 (2016)

Harmonizing Third-Party Litigation Funding Regulation, 36 Cardozo L. Rev. 861 (2015)


Third-Party Litigation Funding and the Dodd-Frank Act, 16 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 15 (2014)

Recent Developments in Third-Party Funding, 30(4) J. Int’l Arb. 443 (2013)

Blog Posts

Revealing Not-for-Profit Third-Party Funders in Investment Arbitration, Oxford University Press: Investment Claims Blog (Mar. 1, 2017)

Blurred Lines between Third-Party Funders and Law Firms, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Nov. 3, 2016)

The Latest State To Regulate 3rd-Party Funding By Statute, (Jun. 28, 2016)

The Impact of Third-Party Funders on the Parties They Decline to Finance, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (Jul. 6, 2015)

The Structural Challenge of Investment Arbitration Viewed through the Lens of Third-Party Funding, Oxford University Press: Investment Claims Blog (Jun. 9, 2015)

Overcoming The Perils of Disclosing Privileged Information to Funders and Disclosure in International Arbitration, A Model Litigation Finance Contract (Apr. 22, 2013)

The Funder as Co-Counsel: A Glimpse into The Future of Law Firm Ownership, A Model Litigation Finance Contract (Mar. 11, 2013)

Disclosure of Funding Arrangements:  An Example from New Zealand, A Model Litigation Finance Contract (Feb. 11, 2013)

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 518Civil Procedure
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 791Seminar