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Luis González García focuses his practice on international trade, investment and international arbitration. Luis has served as counsel in numerous investment treaty arbitrations and has advised clients on international trade negotiations, market access, rules of origin, customs, trade facilitation, trade disputes, investment matters and EU trade law and policy.

Formerly Counsel in investment treaty arbitrations and trade negotiator for the Government of Mexico, Luis is one of the foremost experts on international trade and investment law in the UK. Luis has trained UK government departments on the trade issues that will arise from the UK’s departure from the EU.  He has also testified to the House of Lords EU External Affairs and EU Internal Market Sub-Committees on Brexit and the future trade between the UK and the EU.

Luis is a Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen, teaching a course on International Trade Negotiations. He was a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, teaching EU international trade and investment law in 2017.

Luis is recommended as a leading expert in investment treaty arbitration by Who’s Who Future Leaders – Arbitration.

Foreign Investment Law

Luis has extensive experience in government, international organisations and private practice as counsel, advisor and negotiator in the area of investment treaties. He has served as counsel in numerous investment treaty arbitrations under the NAFTA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He also sits as an arbitrator in investment treaty cases. He has been described in Who’s Who 2017 for arbitration as “absolutely stellar for investment treaty disputes”. Luis appeared as counsel for Mexico in investment treaty arbitrations under the NAFTA and participated in the negotiation of the bilateral investment treaties signed by Mexico with the United Kingdom, China, India, Spain, Panama, Ukraine and Russia.

Luis has been an external consultant to several States and international organisations including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on dispute settlement and investment policy issues.

International Trade Law

Luis has advised governments on negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements, dispute settlement, international trade, investment policy, and WTO matters. He has advised governments on rules of origin, customs, trade facilitation, dispute settlement, and WTO matters.

Luis also served as trade negotiator of FTAs with the European Union, EFTA, EU Customs Cooperation Agreement, Israel, Central America, Uruguay, and Customs Regulations with Chile. Luis was also a member of the NAFTA Working Group on Rules of Origin, and the NAFTA Subgroup on Customs Procedures. Luis also advised on matters related to WTO. Luis was responsible in Mexico for the implementation of the EU-Mexico FTA trade and customs provisions.

Luis worked at the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in Vienna.

Luis accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

Articles and Downloads

Luis was extensively cited in the House of Lords European Union Committee report, ‘Brexit: the options for trade’

Author: Brexit – understanding the EU’s negotiating position on trade

Author: Do foreign investors have valid international claims against the UK for Brexit?

Quoted in the Financial Times article “Is there a Brexit steel trade remedy?

Author, ‘After Miller: the impact of the Supreme Court’s judgment’

Author, Brexit: UK trade relations with third countries (Part 1)

Author, Brexit: UK trade relations with third countries (Part 2)

Author, ‘Brexit: Challenges for the UK in negotiating an FTA with the EU (a trade negotiator’s perspective)’ by Luis González García

Quoted in The Economist article, ‘The “WTO option” for Brexit is far from straightforward’

Author, ‘Brexit: What trade agreements can the UK negotiate whilst being a part of the EU?’

Luis was recently interviewed by Lawyer Monthly on international arbitration and the role expected of an international lawyer

Luis spoke on a panel of experts at the CDR Winter Arbitration Symposium devoted to questions of evidence and advocacy

Luis was quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article on how governments are clamping down on international corporations using shell companies to sue them under investment treaties

Author, ‘Interview by LexisNexis “The impact of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement” (2014)

Author, ‘The role of human rights in international investment law (2013)

Author, ‘Flughafen Zürich AG v Venezuela: A Catch-22 on the Protection of Procedural Fairness (2013)

Author, ‘Corrupción, lavado de dinero y el arbitraje internacional (2013)

Author, ‘Is consolidation of claims a step to improvement? (2005)

Privacy Notice

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