Alvaro Galindo is an International Counset at Dechert, LLP, where he advises on complex international arbitration matters, particularly those involving Latin American jurisdictions. Mr. Galindo’s practice focuses on the representation of sovereign states. Prior to joining Dechert, he served as the Director of the International Affairs and Arbitration Unit for the Republic of Ecuador’s Attorney General Office. He acted as a legal consultant for the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. and the Latin American Development Corporation in Ecuador, where he coordinated the legal group in charge of drafting the Arbitration Law of Ecuador.
Mr. Galindo has significant teaching experience in the areas of international trade, investment, economic and arbitration law, having previously served as Director of Graduate Programs and Vice Dean of the University of San Francisco de Quito School of Law. Currently, he is a Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, with a course on Advanced Topics in International Arbitration.
Mr. Galindo has represented Ecuador in different international and regional forums, among others, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD; the Union of South American Nations Working Group on Dispute Settlement, UNASUR and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group on Arbitration, UNCITRAL. In addition, Mr. Galindo has experience acting as a legal expert, including in UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitrations, as well as cases under the rules of arbitration of the ICC. He is a member of the Drafting Committee for the Revision of the Optional Rules for Arbitration of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague (the PCA).