Javier Robalino Orellana

Javier Robalino Orellana

Managing Partner
  • Email: jrobalino@robalinolaw.com
  • Resumen: Partner and leader of the Arbitration and Litigation practices of the firm.
  • Idiomas: Spanish and English


Javier Robalino Orellana is a partner of ROBALINO Abogados and leads the Arbitration practice. He has been recognized as the only Eminent Practitioner in the Corporate area in Ecuador by the renowned Chambers magazine. In 2020, he became a member of the Circle of Presidents of the Council of the Americas.

In 2011, Javier started an independent practice that continues to the present under his name and leadership. For more than two decades, he has represented multinationals in various local and international commercial and investment disputes.

Javier has participated in various cases under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, CIAC (International Commission on Commercial Arbitration), ICC and CAM-Santiago regulations, among others, and in cases of International Public Law under the rules of the WTO, the Andean Community (CAN) and the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights.

In the academic field, Javier Robalino Orellana is a professor of Administrative Law at the Institute of Law and Business INIDEM- Business & Law School of Central America (since 2011) and of Administrative Law at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (1999), where he was Director of the Graduate Program (2003-2018). He has been president of the Government Relations Committee of ALArb, Director of the Ibero-American Forum of Administrative Law (2007-2013), representative of the CEA Spanish Arbitration Club and Director of the Chamber of Industries (2003-2005). He is frequently involved in various academic activities with a variety of international organizations and universities such as the IBA, IFA, AIPN, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Council of the Americas, and ABA.

Javier has been appointed arbitrator by the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, PCA, CIAC, the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, CAM Santiago and the International Center for Arbitration and Mediation. He has also acted as an expert witness in matters of Public Law under ICC and UNCITRAL regulations.

Likewise, Javier has been a visiting professor of the Arbitration Program at the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) (Bogotá, 2018), of postgraduate courses in Arbitration of the ALArb- Chamber of Commerce of Bogota (since 2013), Energy and Investment programs at the Carlos III University of Madrid (since 2006) and Administrative Law at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil (2007-2013).

Previously, Javier was a foreign associate at King & Spalding LLP in Houston, Texas (2006-2007); Professor of Administrative Law at the Catholic University of Quito (September 1996-2002), member of the Regulatory Commission of the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador (2002-2003), Director of the Legal Division of Arthur Andersen LLP in Ecuador ( 1996-1998), Manager of the Office of the President of the Supreme Court and coordinator of the Judicial Reform Project (1995-1996); Summer Associate at Cantey & Hanger, Fort Worth, Texas (1994); partner of Ferrere (2015-2019), of Paz Horowitz Robalino Garcés Abogados S.A. (2011-2015) and Pérez Bustamante Ponce (2007-2011).

Activities & Memberships

  • Member of the Circle of Presidents of the Council of the Americas (New York, since 2020).
  • Member of the civic committees on humanitarian aid for the Covid-19 pandemic for the cities of Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador (2020-2021).
  • Member of the Global Steering Committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge initiative (since 2019).
  • Member of the Petroleum Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (since 2020).
  • Officer of the Public Law Committee and member of the IBA International Arbitration Committee.
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Arbitraje Magazine (Madrid, since 2020).
  • Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), founder and former president of the Ecuador Chapter.
  • Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club, founder and former president of the Ecuador Chapter.
  • Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
  • Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALArb).
  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Ibero-American Association for Regulation Studies (ASIER) (since 2015).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Legal Foundation (Dallas, since 2015).
  • Member of the Chamber of Mining of Ecuador (CME).
  • Vice President and member of the ICC Arbitration Committee in Ecuador (since 2017).
  • Member of the Duke University Hispanic Alumni Association.
  • Member and former director of the Ibero-American Forum of Administrative Law (FIDA).
  • Member of the International Association of Public Contracts.
  • Member of the Global Law Network.

Recent Lectures

  • In 2020, Javier presented in various forums such as FIDA, ASIER, ICC and others on aspects of Public International Law, State Liability, Administrative Law and new technologies.
  • In 2019, he gave a relevant presentation at the annual meeting of the IBA on sanctions against sovereign states, as well as other presentations on arbitration and administrative matters in various forums.
  • In 2018, he gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the IBA on the integration of the environmental liability system based on recent international cases and lessons learned from such cases, participating in various arbitration and administrative forums.
  • Frequently participates in teaching and academic activities in various associations and universities, such as the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, FIDA, IBA, IFA, ICC, ABA, ASIER, ENAEP, among others.
  • In 2015, he gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the IBA on the integration of Public Law systems through the influence of International Law, and its effect on local Administrative Law systems.

Recent Publications

  • Javier recently published “Global Administrative Law, towards a Lex Administrativa” with Spanish professor and department chair Jaime Rodríguez-Arana Muñoz (Ed. CameronMay, London, 2011). Seen in NYU, http://www.iilj.org /gal/documents/GALlexadminbook.pdf
  • Several articles published on subjects including Public Law, International Law, Globalization of Contracts, International Investment Law and Enforcement of International Awards.
  • Participation in several collective works, such as: “International Commercial Arbitration”, “Study of the New York Convention on its 50th Anniversary” (Abeledo Perrot, 2008, directed by Guido S. Tawil and Eduardo Zuleta) and “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns” (Juris Publishings, 2009, directed by Doak R. Bishop).
  • Currently, Javier continues researching Global Administrative Law and International Arbitration.