Gabriela Alvarez-Avila


Alvarez-Avila, Gabriela

Gabriela Alvarez Avila offers a rare depth of experience in international law and investment law, and has handled numerous disputes involving infrastructure projects, electricity, telecommunications and oil and gas.

International Arbitration Practice

Ms. Alvarez Avila 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 has also acted as counsel and arbitrator in ICC arbitration commercial cases and as sole arbitrator in an arbitration conducted under the arbitration rules of the Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM). She has also been designated by Mexico to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

Insight into ICSID proceedings

Before joining Curtis, Ms. Alvarez Avila was a counsel with ICSID in Washington, D.C., where she administered arbitrations as secretary of tribunals, hearing cases in English, Spanish and French, including claims based on bilateral investment treaties, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), national investment laws and international contracts.

Thought Leadership

Ms. Alvarez Avila speaks regularly at leading conferences on international commercial and investment arbitration in Mexico, Latin America and Europe. She is a member of the Arbitration Commission of CANACO, a member of the Board at the Centro de Arbitraje de Mexico and a member of the Instituto Mexicano de Arbitraje. Since 2017, she has been the Chair of the Investment Arbitration Committee of the Mexico ICC Arbitration Commission. She is also one of the twelve board members of Abogadas MX, a leading Mexican NGO.

"Very meticulous and is able to create a solid line of defence for clients. She is also great at devising strategies."

Chambers Latin America 2021 Mexico: Dispute Resolution

"...the ‘extraordinary’ Gabriela Alvarez-Avila, who is singled out for her arbitration experience."

Legal 500 2018 Mexico Dispute Resolution

“Very important figure in the Mexican arbitration market... a go-to partner for investor-state arbitration”

Whos Who Legal 2019

"...a great lawyer who takes her clients' interests to heart."

Chambers Global 2019 Arbitration (International)

Ranked in the Latinvex list of Latin America's top 100 Female Lawyers

Latinvex Top Female Lawyer 2019

“'an expert' in investor-state arbitration, 'no one has more experience in this field than she does.'"

Chambers Latin America 2018 Mexico: Dispute Resolution