Alejandro Escobar is a public international law and arbitration partner at Baker Botts’ London office. He advises businesses and states in disputes arising out of investment protection treaties and in arbitrations arising out of project agreements. He has handled numerous claims of expropriation and abusive regulation in various industries, including power, oil and gas, telecommunications, and public concessions and procurement. He has extensive experience advising corporate and government clients on investment treaty disputes, and on other areas of public and private international law, including international trade agreements and human rights instruments. He regularly advises on complex matters involving multiple dispute-settlement procedures and overlapping obligations under treaties, general international law, domestic law and contracts. His disputes work has involved proceedings under all major arbitration rules. Alejandro advises on other international law issues, including boundary disputes, relevant to international business.
Mr Escobar has practised in London since 2002. He was previously senior counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), where he handled numerous investment treaty matters, including some of the first investment claims under NAFTA, and a high-profile Law of the Sea dispute. From London, Alejandro has advised clients worldwide in disputes under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the ICC Arbitration Rules, the ICC Rules on Dispute Boards, the SCC rules, the ICDR arbitration rules and many others.
Mr Escobar has tried and heard cases governed by public international law, the law of several civil law jurisdictions world-wide, and English law. He has served as arbitrator in cases under ICSID Convention (as President), the ICC Rules (as president and co-arbitrator) and the LCIA Rules (as co-arbitrator).
Mr Escobar practises bilingually in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese. He has conducted proceedings, both as counsel and arbitrator, entirely in Spanish.
Mr Escobar holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a Certificate of Merit from the Hague Academy of International Law. He was visiting professor at University College London where he taught international law of foreign investment.
Recent examples of Mr Escobar’s experience include acting as counsel for: an English upstream operator in an ongoing ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern state in a US$100 million dispute; the Republic of Costa Rica in an ongoing US$50 million ICSID Convention arbitration initiated by two Swiss holding companies under the Costa Rica-Switzerland investment treaty; a South American state-owned employer company in an ongoing ICC proceedings with a Chinese contractor concerning a large infrastructure project; a South American state agency in AAA Commercial Rules proceedings with a US company concerning a purported contract for health-related services; the Republic of Ecuador in a US$56 million UNCITRAL Rules arbitration, administered by the PCA, and brought by Ulysseas, Inc under the Ecuador-United States investment treaty; a South American state in a US$400 million IACAC arbitration seated in Miami; and the Russian Federation in an SCC arbitration, and related proceedings, with a group of Spanish ADR-holders under the Spain-USSR investment treaty.
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