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María Camila Rincón

María Camila is a lawyer at Zuleta Abogados Asociados, where she concentrates her practice in public international law, international investment law and international commercial arbitration.

She has experience in international arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, CCB and LCIA rules in the financial sector, electric power, public services, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, and telecommunications, among others. Likewise, she has advised States and international organizations on matters related to the law of treaties, privileges and immunities, and human rights.

 Previously, she worked as a lawyer at the National Agency for Legal Defense of the State where she participated in the representation of Colombia in different international investment arbitrations, and she provided advice on matters related to International Investment Arbitration and Public International Law. She was also part of the Foreign Investment Directorate of Colombia’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, where he participated in the coordination of the defense of Colombia in its first international arbitrations, in the negotiation of different international investment agreements, and in the design of Colombia's foreign investment policy in cooperation with the World Bank. María Camila began her career as a lawyer at Brigard & Urrutia in the Customs and International Trade Practice, where she advised national and international companies in the use of investment and trade treaties ratified by Colombia.

She has been a professor of Public International Law and Assistant Professor of Theory of Public International Law at Universidad del Rosario. She has also coached the team representing Universidad del Rosario in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition..

Maria Camila is a lawyer from the Universidad del Rosario. As a student she was awarded a scholarship throughout her career, she received the Academic Excellence award twice and participated in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition. two consecutive years. Thereafter, she advanced studies in International Investment Arbitration at Columbia University, USA, and in Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands.

Credentials

Relevant Experience

  • Assistant to arbitral tribunals and ad hoc annulment committees in international investment arbitrations between foreign investors and States of Europe, Latin America and the Middle East under ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitration Regulations.
  • Secretary of an arbitral tribunal established under the ICC Arbitration Rules in an arbitration related to a share acquisition process.
  • Secretary of an arbitral tribunal constituted under the LCIA Arbitration Rules in an arbitration related to the construction of a gas transportation system.
  • Secretary of an arbitral tribunal constituted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules of 2010 in a dispute related to the construction and infrastructure sector.
  • Counsel of a public entity in an international arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce in a dispute related to the infrastructure sector.
  • Advisor to different international organizations on matters related to immunities and privileges, international contracts, and arbitration agreements.
  • Advisor to Colombia in the negotiation of international investment agreements.
  • Representative of Colombia in the negotiation of the Constitutive Agreement of the UNASUR Investment Dispute Resolution Center.
  • Advisor to Colombia in the preparation and negotiation of joint interpretative declarations of international investment agreements.
  • Advisor to Colombia in the preparation of the Model BIT, 2017.
  • Advisor to Colombia for the preparation of the proposal presented to ICSID for the modification of the Arbitration Rules of this center.
  • Advisor to Colombia in the training of public officials on international investment arbitration.
  • Advisor to Colombia in the design and structuring of the "Foreign Investment Policy" aimed at attracting and retaining foreign investment in the country, in coordination with the World Bank.
  • Colombia’s counsel in an international arbitration initiated by a mining sector company under the BIT between Colombia and Switzerland.
  • Colombia’s counsel in an international arbitration initiated by a company in the energy and public utilities sector under the BIT between Colombia and Spain.
  • Colombia’s counsel in an international arbitration initiated by a mining sector company under the TPA between Canada and Colombia, regarding the prohibition of developing mining activities in páramo ecosystems.
  • Advisor to Colombia in an international arbitration initiated by companies in the mining sector under the TPA between Canada and Colombia and the FTA between Colombia and the United States, regarding the declaration of the Yaigojé-Apaporis National Natural Park.
  • Colombia’s counsel in two international arbitrations related to the financial sector initiated under the FTA between Colombia and the United States.
  • Advisor to Colombia in an international arbitration initiated by a company in the telecommunications sector under the BIT between Colombia and Spain.
  • Advisor to Colombia in an international arbitration initiated by a company in the telecommunications sector under the FTA between Colombia and Mexico.
  • Advisor to Colombia in an international arbitration initiated by a mining sector company under the BIT between Colombia and the United Kingdom.
  • Advisor to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism and the National Agency for Legal Defense of the State in the creation and structuring of a mixed model of legal defense for Colombia’s representation in international investment disputes.
  • Advised national and multinational companies on the use of international trade treaties for import and export of goods.
  • Advised national and multinational companies on the establishment of free trade zones.
  • Advised multinational companies on tariff classification and customs valuation under the WTO parameters.

Education

  • Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Private International Law Summer School 2019 2019
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment,Columbia University, United States.
  • Executive Training on Investment Arbitration Diploma,July 2016 and August 2017.
  • Universidad Del Rosario, Colombia. Lawyer, September 2014.

Academic and Publications

Anticorruption Institute, Bogotá, Colombia

  • Participate in the drafting of the Constitutive Treaty of the International Anti-corruption Court, an initiative of Integrity Initiatives International supported by the Anticorruption Institute.

Arbanza, International Arbitration School

  • Lecturer in the International Arbitration Course, 2020

Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

  • Coach del equipo representante de la Universidad en el Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition
  • Teacher Assistant of International Law Theory, June 2016 to December 2017
  • Lecturer of Public International Law

Publications

  • Colombia’s Constitutional Court Declares That Constitutional Injunctions (Tutela) Can Be Upheld Against Awards In International Arbitration, Eduardo Zuleta and Maria Camila Rincón, November 4, 2019.
  • Colombia’s 2017 Model IIA: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Kabir AN Duggal, Daniel García, Samuel Trujillo, Maria Camila Rincón, ICSID Review, Volume 34, Issue 1, October 30, 2019.
  • Colombia’s Constitutional Court Approves FTA with Israel but Conditions its Ratification, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Eduardo Zuleta and Maria Camila Rincón, 3 de Agosto de 2019.
  • Colombia’s Constitutional Court Conditions Ratification of the Colombia-France BIT to the Interpretation of Several Provisions of the Treaty, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Eduardo Zuleta and Maria Camila Rincón, 4 de julio de 2019.
  • Excepciones aplicables sobre la inmunidad de los Estados en relación con la ejecución de medidas coercitivas sobre sus bienes, in “Teoría General del Derecho Internacional Privado”, book published by Universidad del Rosario y Editorial LEGIS, 2016. Distributed in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Perú.
  • The World Trade Organization in 2011, Observatory of International Activity, Colombian Journal of International Law, Volume 5, 2012.

Memberships

  • Young ITA
  • ITAFOR Contributor
  • International Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law – WILIG Mentorship program
  • Young ICCA
  • Young ICC

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • French