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Luis González García
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Luis González García

Luis specialises in public international law, international trade and international arbitration with particular emphasis on investment treaty arbitration.

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Luis practises in public international law and international dispute resolution at Matrix Chambers. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 40 public international law disputes. Luis is regarded as an expert in the specialised field of investment treaty arbitration. Luis has been designated by Mexico to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and by the EU to the list of chairpersons for arbitrations and trade and sustainable development panel proceedings. He was described in Who’s Who Future Leaders for Arbitration as “absolutely stellar for investment treaty disputes”.

In addition to acting in international arbitrations, Luis routinely advises governments on public international law matters, and aspects of international trade and treaty negotiations. He was a Strategic Advisor to the UK Department for Business and Trade where he advised on international trade, on cross-cutting issues in trade negotiations and treaty text drafting.

Luis was a consultant to UNCTAD on the negotiation and formulation of model BITs and dispute resolution mechanisms. He spent ten years in the Office of the General Counsel for International Trade Law of the Government of Mexico where he litigated several investor-State and WTO disputes, provided legal advice on the interpretation and application of international law on economic matters, and advised on negotiations of bilateral investment treaties and trade agreements. He also worked at the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in Vienna.

Cases where he has served as counsel include:

  • Stucky Ltd (Switzerland) & Bernard Gruppe ZT GmbH (Austria) v. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (PCA Case No. 2022-08): Lead counsel for the claimants in treaty claims involving two BITs relating to the construction of a dam in the Jordan Valley.
  • Azucarera del Guadalfeo (Spain) v Dominican Republic, PCA AA749: Lead co-counsel for the Dominican Republic in a BIT arbitration concerning the development of a sugar mill factory.
  • Olympic Entertainment Group (Estonia) v. Ukraine, PCA 2019-18: Lead counsel for the claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Estonia-Ukraine BIT concerning legislation prohibiting casinos in the Ukraine.
  • CMC Muratori Cementisti CMC Di Ravenna SOC. (Italy) v. Republic of Mozambique, ICSID Case No. ARB/17/23: Lead counsel for the claimants in an ICSID arbitration brought by an Italian investor concerning a major road infrastructure project.
  • LLC Lugzor and Libset and others (Ukraine) v. The Russian Federation, PCA Case No. 2015-29: Representing the claimants in four treaty claims in connection with Russia’s actions in Crimea.
  • Chevron Co and Texaco (US) v Ecuador, PCA 2009-23. Representing Ecuador in a case concerning the settlement of environmental claims ($19 billion) arising from past oil operations in the Amazon region.
  • Niko Resources v Bapex & Petrobangla: Representing the respondents in a commercial arbitration concerning the sale and purchase of natural gas.
  • Niko Resources v Bapex & Petrobangla: Representing the respondents in a commercial arbitration concerning tort claims arising from the blow-outs of two gas wells.
  • Fouad Alghanim & et al (Kuwait) v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/38: Acting as co-lead counsel for Jordan in an ICSID arbitration involving the imposition of taxes in the telecommunications sector.
  • CaratubeInternational Oil Company LLP v. The Republic of Kazakhstan, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/12: Advising the claimant in post-award proceedings under the ICSID Convention
  • Vivendi Universal SA (II) (FRA) v Argentina, ICSID Case No ARB/97/3: Representing Argentina in ICSID annulment proceedings.
  • Siemens AG (GER) v Argentina, ICSID Case No ARB/02/8. Representing Argentina in post-award proceeding in order to reverse an ICSID award in connection with Siemens’ corruption scandal.
  • Advising a Belgian port operator on potential investment treaty claims against a South American State concerning the operation of a container terminal.
  • Turkish investor v Middle East State. Advising the respondent in post-award remedies in an ICSID arbitration concerning the validity of the annulment by the local courts of an arbitral award rendered in favour of a Turkish company.
  • Gemplus (FRA) & Talsud S.A.(ARG) v Mexico, ICSID Cases ARB(AF)/04/3 & ARB(AF)04/4: Counsel for Mexico in two BIT claims concerning the operation of the national vehicle registry.
  • ADM and Tate & Lyle Ingredients Inc. (US) v Mexico, ICSID case No ARB(AF)/04/5: Lead counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving issues of expropriation and the international law of countermeasures relating to a tax on soft drinks.
  • Cargill Inc (US) v Mexico, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)05/2: Counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration brought by a US company challenging Mexico’s adoption of trade measures and a tax on soft drinks.
  • Corn Products International (CPI) v Mexico: Acting for Mexico in the damages phase in a case involving issues of expropriation and the international law of countermeasures relating to a tax on soft drinks.
  • Bayview Irrigation District et al (US) v. Mexico, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/1. Counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving a claim of alleged water rights in the river that forms as the boundary between Mexico and the United States.
  • Gami Investments (US) v Mexico: counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving the formal expropriation of sugar mills in Mexico.
  • Técnicas Medioambientales S.A. (Tecmed) (Spain) v. Mexico, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)/00/2. Counsel for Mexico in a BIT arbitration relating to the operation of a hazardous waste landfill.
  • List of Chairpersons for arbitrations and Trade and Sustainable Development expert panel proceedings, designated by the European Commission.
  • ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, designated by Mexico.
  • Member of the Beijing Arbitration Commission/ Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for International Investment Arbitration.
  • Member of the Chairpersons Arbitration Panel for proceedings under the trade agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru.
  • Crown’s Commercial Service’s Trade Law Panel.
  • BA Desarrollos LLC v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/23/32)
  • A. Hernández Contreras v Costa Rica – ICSID No. ARB(AF)/22/5)
  • Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. v.Chile, – ICSID No. ARB/21/27
  • Alejandro Diego Díaz Gaspar v. Costa Rica, – ICSID case No ARB/19/13
  • Infracapital F1 S.à r.l. v. Kingdom of Spain, – ICSID Case No (ARB/16/18
  • Shanara Maritime International, S.A. v Mexico, – UNCITRAL Rules

Luis has experience acting as sole or lead counsel in international commercial arbitrations seated in London in relation to commodities, aviation, shipping, and oil and gas. Recent cases include:

  • FOSFA Arbitration (London seat, English law) – Lead counsel for the seller in a dispute related to defaults under contracts for the sale of grains caused by force majeure.
  • UNCITRAL Arbitration Sterling Merchant v The Government of Cabo Verde (PCA 2014-33) Sole Counsel in a contractual arbitration concerning the restructuring of TACV – Cabo Verde Airlines.
  • LCIA Arbitration (London seat, English law) – Sole Counsel for the claimant in a contractual dispute in connection with a finance litigation agreement.
  • HKIAK Arbitration (London seat, English law): The Ecuadorian Navy v [Chinese Shipping Company]. Co-lead counsel in a dispute over the sale and delivery of a ship.
  • Advising a Mexican company in relation to a commercial dispute concerning the termination of a distributorship agreement.
  • Advice to governments on drafting, interpretation, negotiation and implementation of treaties.
  • Oversight of treaty approval process and implementation of free trade agreements.
  • Opinion on the legal consequences of Russia’s actions in Ukraine with Judge James Crawford
  • Author, “Intervention by third parties under Article 63 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice”, chapter in the book “Latin America and the International Court of Justice”.

Luis has an important and long-established expertise in international trade law, international negotiations and international treaty law. He has significant experience on Market Access, Rules of Origin, Customs, Safeguards, Trade Facilitation, Regulations, Investment, trade disputes, Trade and Sustainable Development, Trade and Human Rights, and Trade and National Security.

  • Advised the UK Government on market access and rules of origin of UK’s key industrial sectors in the UK-EU FTA
  • Advised the UK Government on cross-cutting issues in FTAs
  • Advised the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the intersection between human rights and trade
  • Oral and written evidence to the 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
  • Training in Market Access, Tariff Classification, Trade Facilitation, Rules of Origin, Dispute Resolution, GATT Article XX Exceptions, National Security, Human Rights and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development and treaty text drafting for the HM Government.
  • Trade negotiator on Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards and market access issues in more than 10 FTAs concluded by Mexico
  • Served as Mexico’s investment negotiator for bilateral investment treaties
  • Member of the NAFTA Investment Expert Group
  • External consultant to UNCTAD, OAS and USAID
  • Advisor to several States on trade and investment disputes
  • WTO DS281: United States – Anti Dumping Measures on Cement from Mexico (Mexico v USA).
  • WTO DS308: Mexico – Tax Measure on Soft Drinks (USA v Mexico).
  • NAFTA Sugar Trade Dispute (Mexico v USA).
  • Visiting lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, teaching the course “Mastering Diplomacy: Negotiation Skills” (2018 – present)
  • Guest lecturer at University College London, teaching public policy in the EU (2022- 2023)
  • Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, teaching “EU’s trade and investment policy” (2017)
  • “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Central America and the Caribbean”, (with Angeline Welsh) The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2017, GAR
  • “Intervention by third parties under Article 63 of the Statute”, chapter in Latin America and the International Court of Justice: Contributions to International Law (Sorel & Wojcikiewicz Almeida ed.) (2017)
  • Matrix Brexit Hub: “Challenges for the UK in negotiating an FTA with the EU (a trade negotiator’s perspective)”, (2016)
  • “Making impossible investor-state reform possible”, chapter in Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap” (Kalicki & Joubin-Bret ed) (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers) 2015; and in Transnational Dispute Management Journal TDM, (2014)
  • “Flughafen Zürich AG v Venezuela: A Catch-22 on the Protection of Procedural Fairness” ICSID Review, Foreign Investment Law Journal, Oxford, (2013)
  • “The Role of Human Rights in International Investment Law”, in the book The Future of ICSID and the Place of Investment Treaties in International Law, (BIICL)
  • “Corruption, Money Laundering and International Arbitration” Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, (2013)
  • “The Future of NAFTA Chapter 11: The Next Fifteen Years”, International Arbitration Institute, (2011)

(1) English law, University of Cambridge;

(2) Master of Laws in European Union Law, Carlos III University of Madrid;

(3) Diploma in Areas of Economic Integration, Carlos III University of Madrid;

(4) Diploma on International Commercial Arbitration, ICC;

(5) Law degree, Northeast Autonomous University.

Luis practices bilingually in English and Spanish and has good knowledge of Portuguese.

Luis is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Luis needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Luis’ privacy notice in full, please see here.

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Luis González García
Associate

Luis specialises in public international law, international trade and international arbitration with particular emphasis on investment treaty arbitration.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • International Arbitration
  • Public International Law
  • EU Law
  • Environmental Law and Natural Resources
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Competition and EU

Luis González García

Contact Luis: luisgonzalez@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Luis's Practice Team (Team T): TeamT@matrixlaw.co.uk


Luis practises in public international law and international dispute resolution at Matrix Chambers. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 40 public international law disputes. Luis is regarded as an expert in the specialised field of investment treaty arbitration. Luis has been designated by Mexico to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and by the EU to the list of chairpersons for arbitrations and trade and sustainable development panel proceedings. He was described in Who’s Who Future Leaders for Arbitration as “absolutely stellar for investment treaty disputes”.

In addition to acting in international arbitrations, Luis routinely advises governments on public international law matters, and aspects of international trade and treaty negotiations. He was a Strategic Advisor to the UK Department for Business and Trade where he advised on international trade, on cross-cutting issues in trade negotiations and treaty text drafting.

Luis was a consultant to UNCTAD on the negotiation and formulation of model BITs and dispute resolution mechanisms. He spent ten years in the Office of the General Counsel for International Trade Law of the Government of Mexico where he litigated several investor-State and WTO disputes, provided legal advice on the interpretation and application of international law on economic matters, and advised on negotiations of bilateral investment treaties and trade agreements. He also worked at the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in Vienna.

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Cases where he has served as counsel include:

  • Stucky Ltd (Switzerland) & Bernard Gruppe ZT GmbH (Austria) v. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (PCA Case No. 2022-08): Lead counsel for the claimants in treaty claims involving two BITs relating to the construction of a dam in the Jordan Valley.
  • Azucarera del Guadalfeo (Spain) v Dominican Republic, PCA AA749: Lead co-counsel for the Dominican Republic in a BIT arbitration concerning the development of a sugar mill factory.
  • Olympic Entertainment Group (Estonia) v. Ukraine, PCA 2019-18: Lead counsel for the claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Estonia-Ukraine BIT concerning legislation prohibiting casinos in the Ukraine.
  • CMC Muratori Cementisti CMC Di Ravenna SOC. (Italy) v. Republic of Mozambique, ICSID Case No. ARB/17/23: Lead counsel for the claimants in an ICSID arbitration brought by an Italian investor concerning a major road infrastructure project.
  • LLC Lugzor and Libset and others (Ukraine) v. The Russian Federation, PCA Case No. 2015-29: Representing the claimants in four treaty claims in connection with Russia’s actions in Crimea.
  • Chevron Co and Texaco (US) v Ecuador, PCA 2009-23. Representing Ecuador in a case concerning the settlement of environmental claims ($19 billion) arising from past oil operations in the Amazon region.
  • Niko Resources v Bapex & Petrobangla: Representing the respondents in a commercial arbitration concerning the sale and purchase of natural gas.
  • Niko Resources v Bapex & Petrobangla: Representing the respondents in a commercial arbitration concerning tort claims arising from the blow-outs of two gas wells.
  • Fouad Alghanim & et al (Kuwait) v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/38: Acting as co-lead counsel for Jordan in an ICSID arbitration involving the imposition of taxes in the telecommunications sector.
  • CaratubeInternational Oil Company LLP v. The Republic of Kazakhstan, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/12: Advising the claimant in post-award proceedings under the ICSID Convention
  • Vivendi Universal SA (II) (FRA) v Argentina, ICSID Case No ARB/97/3: Representing Argentina in ICSID annulment proceedings.
  • Siemens AG (GER) v Argentina, ICSID Case No ARB/02/8. Representing Argentina in post-award proceeding in order to reverse an ICSID award in connection with Siemens’ corruption scandal.
  • Advising a Belgian port operator on potential investment treaty claims against a South American State concerning the operation of a container terminal.
  • Turkish investor v Middle East State. Advising the respondent in post-award remedies in an ICSID arbitration concerning the validity of the annulment by the local courts of an arbitral award rendered in favour of a Turkish company.
  • Gemplus (FRA) & Talsud S.A.(ARG) v Mexico, ICSID Cases ARB(AF)/04/3 & ARB(AF)04/4: Counsel for Mexico in two BIT claims concerning the operation of the national vehicle registry.
  • ADM and Tate & Lyle Ingredients Inc. (US) v Mexico, ICSID case No ARB(AF)/04/5: Lead counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving issues of expropriation and the international law of countermeasures relating to a tax on soft drinks.
  • Cargill Inc (US) v Mexico, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)05/2: Counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration brought by a US company challenging Mexico’s adoption of trade measures and a tax on soft drinks.
  • Corn Products International (CPI) v Mexico: Acting for Mexico in the damages phase in a case involving issues of expropriation and the international law of countermeasures relating to a tax on soft drinks.
  • Bayview Irrigation District et al (US) v. Mexico, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/1. Counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving a claim of alleged water rights in the river that forms as the boundary between Mexico and the United States.
  • Gami Investments (US) v Mexico: counsel for Mexico in a NAFTA arbitration involving the formal expropriation of sugar mills in Mexico.
  • Técnicas Medioambientales S.A. (Tecmed) (Spain) v. Mexico, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)/00/2. Counsel for Mexico in a BIT arbitration relating to the operation of a hazardous waste landfill.

Arbitration Panels

  • List of Chairpersons for arbitrations and Trade and Sustainable Development expert panel proceedings, designated by the European Commission.
  • ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, designated by Mexico.
  • Member of the Beijing Arbitration Commission/ Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for International Investment Arbitration.
  • Member of the Chairpersons Arbitration Panel for proceedings under the trade agreement between the EU, Colombia and Peru.
  • Crown’s Commercial Service’s Trade Law Panel.

Arbitral Appointments

  • BA Desarrollos LLC v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/23/32)
  • A. Hernández Contreras v Costa Rica – ICSID No. ARB(AF)/22/5)
  • Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. v.Chile, – ICSID No. ARB/21/27
  • Alejandro Diego Díaz Gaspar v. Costa Rica, – ICSID case No ARB/19/13
  • Infracapital F1 S.à r.l. v. Kingdom of Spain, – ICSID Case No (ARB/16/18
  • Shanara Maritime International, S.A. v Mexico, – UNCITRAL Rules

Commercial Arbitration

Luis has experience acting as sole or lead counsel in international commercial arbitrations seated in London in relation to commodities, aviation, shipping, and oil and gas. Recent cases include:

  • FOSFA Arbitration (London seat, English law) – Lead counsel for the seller in a dispute related to defaults under contracts for the sale of grains caused by force majeure.
  • UNCITRAL Arbitration Sterling Merchant v The Government of Cabo Verde (PCA 2014-33) Sole Counsel in a contractual arbitration concerning the restructuring of TACV – Cabo Verde Airlines.
  • LCIA Arbitration (London seat, English law) – Sole Counsel for the claimant in a contractual dispute in connection with a finance litigation agreement.
  • HKIAK Arbitration (London seat, English law): The Ecuadorian Navy v [Chinese Shipping Company]. Co-lead counsel in a dispute over the sale and delivery of a ship.
  • Advising a Mexican company in relation to a commercial dispute concerning the termination of a distributorship agreement.

Public International Law

  • Advice to governments on drafting, interpretation, negotiation and implementation of treaties.
  • Oversight of treaty approval process and implementation of free trade agreements.
  • Opinion on the legal consequences of Russia’s actions in Ukraine with Judge James Crawford
  • Author, “Intervention by third parties under Article 63 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice”, chapter in the book “Latin America and the International Court of Justice”.

International Trade Law

Luis has an important and long-established expertise in international trade law, international negotiations and international treaty law. He has significant experience on Market Access, Rules of Origin, Customs, Safeguards, Trade Facilitation, Regulations, Investment, trade disputes, Trade and Sustainable Development, Trade and Human Rights, and Trade and National Security.

  • Advised the UK Government on market access and rules of origin of UK’s key industrial sectors in the UK-EU FTA
  • Advised the UK Government on cross-cutting issues in FTAs
  • Advised the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the intersection between human rights and trade
  • Oral and written evidence to the 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
  • Training in Market Access, Tariff Classification, Trade Facilitation, Rules of Origin, Dispute Resolution, GATT Article XX Exceptions, National Security, Human Rights and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development and treaty text drafting for the HM Government.
  • Trade negotiator on Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards and market access issues in more than 10 FTAs concluded by Mexico
  • Served as Mexico’s investment negotiator for bilateral investment treaties
  • Member of the NAFTA Investment Expert Group
  • External consultant to UNCTAD, OAS and USAID
  • Advisor to several States on trade and investment disputes

State-To-State Trade Disputes

  • WTO DS281: United States – Anti Dumping Measures on Cement from Mexico (Mexico v USA).
  • WTO DS308: Mexico – Tax Measure on Soft Drinks (USA v Mexico).
  • NAFTA Sugar Trade Dispute (Mexico v USA).

Academic Experience

  • Visiting lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, teaching the course “Mastering Diplomacy: Negotiation Skills” (2018 – present)
  • Guest lecturer at University College London, teaching public policy in the EU (2022- 2023)
  • Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London, teaching “EU’s trade and investment policy” (2017)

Selected Publications

  • “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Central America and the Caribbean”, (with Angeline Welsh) The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2017, GAR
  • “Intervention by third parties under Article 63 of the Statute”, chapter in Latin America and the International Court of Justice: Contributions to International Law (Sorel & Wojcikiewicz Almeida ed.) (2017)
  • Matrix Brexit Hub: “Challenges for the UK in negotiating an FTA with the EU (a trade negotiator’s perspective)”, (2016)
  • “Making impossible investor-state reform possible”, chapter in Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap” (Kalicki & Joubin-Bret ed) (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers) 2015; and in Transnational Dispute Management Journal TDM, (2014)
  • “Flughafen Zürich AG v Venezuela: A Catch-22 on the Protection of Procedural Fairness” ICSID Review, Foreign Investment Law Journal, Oxford, (2013)
  • “The Role of Human Rights in International Investment Law”, in the book The Future of ICSID and the Place of Investment Treaties in International Law, (BIICL)
  • “Corruption, Money Laundering and International Arbitration” Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, (2013)
  • “The Future of NAFTA Chapter 11: The Next Fifteen Years”, International Arbitration Institute, (2011)

Education

(1) English law, University of Cambridge;

(2) Master of Laws in European Union Law, Carlos III University of Madrid;

(3) Diploma in Areas of Economic Integration, Carlos III University of Madrid;

(4) Diploma on International Commercial Arbitration, ICC;

(5) Law degree, Northeast Autonomous University.

Languages

Luis practices bilingually in English and Spanish and has good knowledge of Portuguese.


Luis's Privacy Notice

Luis is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Luis needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Luis’ privacy notice in full, please see here.