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Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Université de Genève. Candidate for Ph.D, International Relations with specialization in International Law

Université de Genève, Master in Law with specialization in International Law

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Degree of Law




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Gabriela Alvarez-Avila
Mexico City
PHONE: +52 55 9138 49 46
FAX: +52 55 5282 06 37

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 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).

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. 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, Chambers Latin America and Legal 500 Latin America. Sources note that she is “an expert” in investor-state arbitration and that “no one has more experience in this field than she does.”

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.

ICC Investment Arbitration Committee, Chair

ICC International Court of Arbitration
Member, Mexican Section, Arbitration Commission

International Bar Association, London

Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados

International Law Association, Mexican Branch

Mediation and Arbitration Commission of the Mexican Construction National Chamber (CANACO)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista de Derecho Económico Internacional

Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board


Recognized by Chambers Latin America as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration, Latin America-wide and Mexico, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Recognized by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration, Latin America-wide and Mexico, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Recognized by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as a leading arbitration specialist

Named a leading figure in the Mexican arbitration market by Who’s Who Legal

Cited by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Latin America-wide International Arbitration and for Mexico Dispute Resolution

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

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