Ms. Alvarez-Avila is a partner in the International Arbitration group. She focuses her practice on arbitration, international law and investment law. She has experience in transactions involving a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure projects, electricity, telecommunications, and oil and gas. She has acted as counsel for foreign states in investor-state arbitrations conducted under the Arbitration Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). She also has acted as sole arbitrator in an arbitration conducted under the Arbitration Rules of the Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM).
Before joining Curtis, Ms. Alvarez-Avila was a counsel with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C., where she administered arbitrations as secretary of tribunals, hearing cases in English, Spanish and French. The arbitration proceedings in which she was a participant included claims based on bilateral investment treaties, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, national investment laws and international contracts.
Ms. Alvarez-Avila has been cited for her work in international arbitration by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America. Sources note that she is “always abreast of any new investment cases or decisions that come to light which affect a proceeding." In 2016, she was ranked in both Latin Lawyer's feature 'Women in Law: in celebration of female attributes', and Latinvex's list of Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers. The Latin Lawyer piece cites her as a "role model" and a "mentor for younger female lawyers" who has "made a name for herself in the challenging world of international arbitration".
Ms. Alvarez-Avila earned a Degree of Law from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Master in Law with a specialization in International Law from Université de Genève. She is a candidate for a Ph.D in International Relations with a specialization in international law at Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Université de Genève.
ICC Task Force on Arbitration involving States or State Entities
ICC Task Force on Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence
Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados
U.S.-Mexico Bar Association (USMBA), Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair
International Bar Association, London
ICC International Court of Arbitration
Member, Mexican Section, Arbitration Commission
President of the Investment Arbitration Committee
International Law Association, Mexican Branch
Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista de Derecho Económico Internacional
Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
Member of the Mexican Chapter of the Women’s Presidents Organization.
Recognized by Chambers Latin America as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration, Latin America-wide
Recognized by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration, Latin America-wide
Recognized by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as a leading arbitration specialist
Cited by Legal 500 Latin America as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration in Latin America
Ranked in the Latinvex list of Latin America's top 100 Female Lawyers
Ranked in the Expert Guides 2016 lists for Commercial Arbitration, Best of the Best Latin America, and leading Women in Business Law.