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Luis has an extensive experience in international trade, investment policy and dispute settlement. He has been an arbitrator before international tribunals and acts as counsel in several treaty claims. He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and has been described in Who’s Who for arbitration as ‘absolutely stellar for investment treaty disputes’. Luis has significant experience advising the UK Government across all aspects of international trade law and negotiations. He holds SC clearance, the second highest level of security clearance in the UK for the purposes of working for HMG departments on highly sensitive matters.

He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, teaching the course ‘International Trade Negotiations’ and was a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, teaching ‘EU Trade Policy’. He has trained UK government departments on the trade issues that will arise from the UK’s departure from the EU. He has 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. He is sought after for insightful comments on trade by amongst others the Financial Times, Bloomberg, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

He has been an external consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Organization of American States (OAS) on investment policy matters.

Before joining Matrix, he acted as Deputy General Counsel for International Trade Negotiations in the Ministry of Economy of the Government of Mexico. In this capacity, he acted, for many years, as counsel for Mexico in disputes under the NAFTA, and served as negotiator for trade agreements and investment treaties. Luis worked at the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in Vienna.

Luis is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and 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: World Trade Dispute Settlement System in peril, and the UK should help to save it

Author: UK-EU Trade Negotiations The Level Playing Field 

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

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)

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