LIC. JULIETA OVALLE PIEDRA
Julieta Ovalle Piedra completed her J.D. at the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM), and her LL.M. at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She obtained both degrees with honors (mención honorífica and mention assez bien respectively). She participated in the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America. She also has completed a Diploma in Business Law (ITAM), a Diploma in American Law (Universidad Iberoamericana and Georgetown University Law Center), a Diploma in European Law (Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad de Deusto), and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (ICC México and Escuela Libre de Derecho), and attended the International Business Postgraduate Program at Escuela Libre de Derecho.
She has acted as arbitrator and counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, both domestic and international on disputes relating to banking, energy, construction, public works, public private partnerships, mining, distribution and services agreements, among others. She has also acted as expert in Mexican Law before foreign courts.
She teaches Arbitration at the Postgraduate Studies Division of the Faculty of law of UNAM. She is also part of the faculty that runs the Diploma of International Commerce and the Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in collaboration with the Mexican Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce. She lectures in conferences in Mexico and abroad. She published the book La responsabilidad civil por productos en México, Canadá y Estados Unidos (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas UNAM, 2001) and several publications and articles on Arbitration, international successions, among other subjects.
She was President of the Young Arbitrators Committee and ICC YAF Latin America Representative. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, of the Latin American Group of Arbitrators of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC and participates in the ICC Task Force “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.”
She has been included in the following rankings for her practice in arbitration: Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global Guide, Who's Who Legal and Leaders League. She was included in the 2020 “Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation” y “Top 25 Latin American Women in Litigation”. She was also included in the first issue of "The most influential female lawyers in Mexico" of Foro Jurídico magazine.
She is member of the Mexican Bar Association (BMA), in which she has served as chair of the Commission Equity and Gender, vice-chair of the Commission on Arbitration and of the Commission on Science, Culture and Law, and Alternate Member of the Board of Honor of the BMA. From 2018 to 2022 she was Secretary and them member of the Board of the Mexican Bar Foundation (Fundación Barra Mexicana). She is also a member of the Mexican Arbitration Institute (Instituto Mexicano del Arbitraje- IMA), associate of ICC Mexico, member of the Council of the Construction Industry Arbitration Center (Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción-CAIC) and founding member of the Mexican Society of Construction Law (Sociedad Mexicana del Derecho de la Construcción).