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Nabila Abdul-Malik Ottawa Lawyer

Nabila Abdul Malik

Associate Fasken
In commercial disputes, one must go beyond merely stating what the law is, and work with clients to craft practical legal solutions tailored to meet their particular needs.
Jurisdiction England and Wales*, 2011 | Malaysia, 2015 | New York, 2018 | Ontario, 2020
Office(s) Ottawa, London


Nabila Abdul Malik practises predominantly in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, white collar crime, international trade and investment. Her breadth of experience and knowledge across multiple jurisdictions enable her to assist clients in a myriad of commercial contexts.

Nabila obtained her law degree from the University of Oxford and her master’s degree in law from Columbia University in New York. She is called to the Bar in four jurisdictions across three different continents.

Nabila has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with clients benefiting from her exceptional legal background, breadth of experience and knowledge of a wide range of laws, policies and practices. In the course of her varied legal career, she has represented corporations, investors and sovereign States before courts and tribunals, and provides legal advice in relation to a broad spectrum of issues and a wide variety of industries. 

Prior to joining Fasken, she was a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, where she was involved in extradition, bail and habeas corpus proceedings before the courts. She also provided legal advice as federal legal counsel to the government of Malaysia, and represented the government in civil matters before the courts.

Nabila has worked at an international arbitration law firm, where she acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings, both commercial and investment, conducted under various arbitration rules including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and DIAC. 

She has also worked at the Central Bank of Malaysia, where she was involved in the Financial Sector Assessment Programme under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and was part of the trade negotiations team, in charge of the financial services chapter of the Malaysia-European Union FTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She also worked on a collaboration with the Malaysian Competition Commission in the implementation of competition law in the financial sector.

Nabila interned at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she assisted in providing legal advice and support to WTO dispute settlement panels. She also interned at the United Nations (UN) Secretariat in New York, where she worked on cases before the UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal.

In addition, Nabila has represented Malaysia in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) task force on enhancing its dispute settlement mechanism. She was also a member of the OIC task force on establishing an arbitration centre in Istanbul, Turkey. 

*In England and Wales, providing legal services that are not reserved legal activities under the Legal Services Act 2007.




Client Work

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Career & Education


  • LL.M. (Hons.) Columbia University
  • MA University of Oxford
  • BA (Honours), Jurisprudence University of Oxford

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners


Fasken Institute



Article All Malaysia Commercial Reports (AMCR) Westlaw Asia
Article All Malaysia Reports (AMR) Westlaw Asia


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