María Lucía Casas is Senior Associate of Xtrategy’s Arbitration and International Law practice in Bogota, specializing in domestic and international arbitration, and public international law. She is a lawyer from Universidad del Rosario, specialist in regulation of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency from Universidad Externado de Colombia, and has more than 6 years of professional and academic experience in national litigation before Colombian courts and national and international arbitration.
Currently, she is assistant professor of Public International Law and Adjunct professor of International Arbitration Procedure at Universidad del Rosario and serves as coach of the Universidad del Rosario’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. She is also a mentor for the “ASIL Women in International Law Mentoring Program” of the American Society of International Law.
Before joining Xtrategy, María Lucía worked as associate of the Dispute Resolution team at Baker McKenzie in Bogota. There, her practice focused on representing both private and public clients in proceedings brought before civil and administrative Colombian Courts, and national and international arbitration under the Rules of the CCB and the ICC.
Previously, she worked as an intern in the international arbitration department of Dechert LLP (Paris), where she gained experience in commercial and investment arbitration under the ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules.
María Lucía Casas has been a columnist for the newspaper La República in the section on legal affairs in Colombia, where she published articles on investment arbitration and human rights, and corruption in arbitration, among others. She is co-author of an article on “Third Party Funding in Colombia” published by Baker and McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook 2017-2018.
During her law degree, she won the national championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and received a regional award for her written submissions in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly ELSA Moot Court Competition).