María José Monroy


Bogota, Colombia
Carrera 9 #80-45, Office 802
+57 60 1 691 5616
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Maria Jose’s practice focuses on investment arbitration and public international law.  She has been involved in highly complex international arbitrations in industries such as mining, telecommunications, and financial services.


Before joining the firm, she worked as a legal extern at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and Colombia’s National Agency for the Legal Defense of the State (ANDJE).  During her work in both institutions, she acquired significant knowledge of investor-State dispute settlement proceedings. 


She also has experience in human rights law, working for the rights of inmates, acting as a member of the Latin American and Caribbean legal clinic of the Media Freedom Legal Panel, and partaking in the submission of petitions, amicus curiae briefs, and lawsuits before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


María José currently works as an assistant professor of Public International Law at Universidad de los Andes and as a coach of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She has held academic positions as researcher in projects from over 30 countries, including the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on investment arbitration practices in Latin America.


Bar Admissions

  • Colombia


  • Universidad de los Andes, Master in International Law 

  • Arbanza, Specialized Course on Investment Arbitration 

  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Winter Course on International Law 

  • Agencia Nacional de Defensa Jurídica del Estado, International Investment Dispute Prevention Workshop 

  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Executive Training on Investment Treaties and Arbitration for Government Officials 

  • Universidad de los Andes, Law Degree 

  • Universidad de los Andes, Minor in Social Psychology 


  • Spanish

  • English

  • French

  • Portuguese (basic)

Relevant Matters

  • South American State in an ICSID arbitration initiated by a European investor concerning the building and maintenance of a public port.

  • South American State in an ICSID case against a Swiss investor concerning penalties imposed by domestic regulators during the execution of a coal concession contract.  Over US$ 593 million in dispute.


  • South American State in an ICSID case initiated by a Spanish investor arising from regulatory measures for the reversion of telecommunications assets. Over US$ 600 million in dispute.


  • South American State in an ICSID arbitration initiated by a European investor concerning the forceful liquidation of a financial services company. ​​