Uría

Isabella F. Uría

Associate
Washington, DC

I help sovereign States navigate complex legal challenges across multiple international fora. 

Isabella Uría represents and advises sovereign States and State entities in diverse matters of public international law, from territorial delimitations to maritime disputes, and in high-stakes investment and commercial disputes in a range of industries, from construction to renewable energy.

She has experience representing clients 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.

Before arriving at Foley Hoag, Isabella was Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, working on bilingual investment arbitrations in English and Spanish and on an Annex VII arbitration under the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea, among other cases. She previously worked as a researcher for the Nuclear Risk Reduction Project at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, where she examined the risks associated with the nuclear programs of Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea, and participated in diplomatic dialogues with nuclear experts from these countries regarding nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Education

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

 

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • District of Columbia
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

 

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Mandarin

Experience

DISPUTES BETWEEN SOVEREIGN STATES, BORDER AND MARITIME DELIMITATIONS, AND PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • Case related to the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela). Counsel to 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.
  • Advising a State on its rights and obligations pursuant to the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea.
INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATIONS
  • Sacyr S.A. v. The Republic of Panama. Counsel to the Republic of Panama in a treaty arbitration initiated by Sacyr S.A., a Spanish entity, under the arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), relating to the Panama Canal expansion.
  • KrisEnergy Bangladesh Limited v. People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation. Counsel to Petrobangla and Bangladesh in a taxation dispute with KrisEnergy under the ICSID Convention.
  • Niko Exploration (Block 9) Ltd. v. Bangladesh and Bangladesh Oil and Gas Mineral Corp. Counsel to Bangladeshi State-owned oil and gas company in a contract-based ICSID arbitration proceeding, involving corruption and claims of res judicata.
  • Adria Group B.V. and Adria Group Holding B.V. v. Republic of Croatia. Counsel to Croatia in an ICSID arbitration under the Croatia-Netherlands BIT arising from alleged investments in a retail enterprise in Croatia.
  • Counsel to a State in a confidential renewable energy arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules. 
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATIONS
  • Rutas de Lima v. the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (Ad Hoc Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules) (“Rutas II”). Counsel to 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. 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.
  • Rutas de Lima v. the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (Ad Hoc Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules) (“Rutas I”). Counsel to the Municipality of Lima in post-Award proceedings, including set-aside proceedings before the D.C. District Court. The Award resulted from an infrastructure construction dispute submitted to arbitration and involves corruption issues related to the Lava Jato case in Peru.
  • Counsel to an Asian state-owned entity in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from a change in gas market fundamentals.
PRO BONO REPRESENTATION
  • Representing Afghan refugees seeking humanitarian parole relief in the United States.
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)

Publications

  • Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post-Cold War Nuclear Dangers, Siegfried S. Hecker et al (eds.) Bathtub Row Press, (2016).
  • “The Devil You Know: The PRC's Strategic Calculus Regarding North Korea since the Korean War,” Isabella Uría, Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Interschool Studies in International Security, Thesis Collection (2014).
  • "China’s Coal Ban Is and What It Isn’t,” Lawfare: Asia Pacific, Isabella Uría, Tianyi Xin, March 3, 2017.

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • 2021 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (June 2022)
INVOLVEMENT
  • Foley Hoag La Asociación Latina Affinity Group (for Latinx/Hispanic community members), Co-Chair
  • Yale Law School Association Executive Committee 
  • Hispanic National Bar Association  
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Young ITA Program
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ICDR-Y&I Program
  • London Court of International Arbitration, YIAG Program