Isabella Uría

Associate - Washington, D.C.

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202.261.7378

202.785.6687

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Isabella Uría is an associate in the Foley Hoag's International Litigation & Arbitration Practice in Washington D.C. Her practice centers on disputes in public international law, investor-State disputes and international commercial arbitrations.

Isabella has experience representing sovereign States and State entities before the International Court of Justice, as well as in commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and in arbitral award set-aside proceedings before U.S. courts. She has experience working on disputes or providing legal advice on matters relating to territorial delimitation, the law of the sea, construction projects, and renewable energy. 

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Education:

  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2019
  • Stanford University, B.A., with interdisciplinary honors, 2014

Languages:

English, Spanish, Mandarin

Representative Experience

Investor-State and International Commercial Arbitrations

  • Rutas de Lima v. the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (Ad Hoc Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules) (“Rutas I”). Representing the Municipality of Lima in post-Award proceedings, including set-aside proceedings before the D.C. District Court. The Award resulted from an arbitration related to the refurbishment and operation of three sections of the Northern Pan-American Highway under a concession contract that provided for the installation of new tolls, which gave rise to large social protests. The case also involved corruption issues related to the Lava Jato case in Peru, as the majority partner of the Claimant was the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. 
  • Rutas de Lima v. the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (Ad Hoc Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules) (“Rutas II”). Representing the Municipality of Lima in an arbitration related to the refurbishment and operation of three sections of the Northern Pan-American Highway under a concession contract. In this case, initiated in parallel with Rutas I, the Claimant attempts to enforce certain supposed agreements to raise tolls throughout the highway network. The case involves corruption issues related to the Lava Jato case in Peru, as the majority partner of the Claimant was the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
  • Representing a State in a confidential renewable energy arbitration. 

Disputes Between Sovereign States, Border and Maritime Delimitation and Public International Law

  • Case related to the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela). Representing the Republic of Guyana in a proceeding before the International Court of Justice regarding the validity of an award rendered in 1899 delimiting the territorial boundary between Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

International Advisory Matters

  • Advising a State on its various obligations pursuant to the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea. 

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands (2019-2020)
  • Summer Law Clerk in the international practice groups of law firms in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, TX (2017 and 2018)
  • Researcher in the Nuclear Risk Reduction Project at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (2014-2016)
  • Policy Intern at the Institute for National Policy Research of Taipei, Taiwan (2013)
  • Foreign Service Intern at the Consulate General of the United States of America in Shenyang, China (2012)
 
 

Involvement

  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Young ITA Program
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ICDR-Y&I Program
  • London Court of International Arbitration, YIAG Program
  • Hispanic National Bar Association 
     
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  • District of Columbia

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  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals