Luis Carlos Ramírez Martínez

International Associate

Ramírez Martínez, Luis Carlos

Luis Carlos Ramírez Martínez has advised governments and private companies on international trade law for over a decade. He has significant experience representing clients in trade remedies and safeguards investigations, and has also advised on free trade agreements, free trade zones, states compliance with WTO agreements, and U.S. Section 232 measures.

Before joining Curtis, Mr. Ramírez Martínez worked as a legal adviser in the International Legal Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia and as a director of trade remedies and attorney at Colombian law firms. He regularly lectures at graduate programs, and has scholarly publications made by world prestigious reviews, on trade law topics.

Mr. Ramírez Martínez has substantial experience on the trade policy's legal affairs. He has advised structural reforms for Free Trade Zones regimes, especially, regarding its WTO-consistency with the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. Mr. Ramírez Martínez has advised legal reforms to domestic antidumping legislations and lectured workshops on trade remedies to officers of other governments under cooperation chapters of FTAs. He has also been appointed negotiator on behalf of Colombia for the Labor Chapter of free trade agreements between Pacific Alliance members and Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore. He has conducted the legal reviews of Colombia’s FTAs with Panama, Pacific Alliance, and Cuba, and advised on procedures before the Constitutional Court and Congress for their approval, as well for Colombia’s FTAs with the E.U., Israel, and Korea.

More than 15 FTAs in force, subscribed and under negotiation have been legally advised by Mr. Ramírez Martínez. Besides the design and implementation of trade remedies measures, the scope of his legal opinions on FTAs has covered topics ranging from dispute settlement, customs issues, remanufactured goods, preferential and non-preferential tariffs, illicit trade, rules of origin, trade in services, to written submissions for WTO and Andean Community cases on trade remedies. The legal analysis of market economy treatments in trade remedies at WTO is at the core of his expertise.

Mr. Ramírez Martínez's experience in private sector advisory encompasses a wide variety of trade-related areas. Among others, he has represented companies in trade remedies investigations for textiles, paper, aluminum extrusions, steel, staples, truck tires and polypropylene, electronic parts, steel and iron products and juice mixing machines, even advising on Colombia’s first global safeguard (GATT Art. XIX) within WTO. He also participated in legal teams counseling Free Trade Zones’ declarations for thermoelectric, ports infrastructure, and agribusiness companies, as well as consultancy contracts on free trade zones for multilateral development organizations. Special Import-Export Systems and credit-tax incentives are among his experience in export promotion instruments.

Languages

English

Spanish

Education

Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, LL.M in International Law

Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Master of Laws, Magister

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Law Degree, Graduate Mention of Honor

Admitted to Practice

Republic of Colombia

Foreign Associate - Not Admitted to Practice in Washington, D.C.

Membership

International Law Association (Trade and Investment Law Committees)

Colombian Academy of International Law

Colombian Tax and Customs Law Institute

Awards

Recognized as an Outstanding Lawyer in Trade and Customs by Who’s Who Legal (2013)

Luis Carlos Ramírez Martínez has advised governments and private companies on international trade law for over a decade. He has significant experience representing clients in trade remedies and safeguards investigations, and has also advised on free trade agreements, free trade zones, states compliance with WTO agreements, and U.S. Section 232 measures.