Javier Robalino Orellana

Javier Robalino Orellana is a partner at FERRERE and a member of the firm’s global executive committee. He represents multinationals in a variety of local and international commercial and investment disputes.

Javier Robalino Orellana is a partner at FERRERE in Ecuador and a member of the firm’s global executive committee (2015). He also co-chairs the arbitration practice and acts as managing partner for Ecuador.

Robalino represents many multinationals in various local and international commercial and investment disputes. He has participated in many cases under CIADI, CNUDMI, CIAC, CCI, and CAM-Santiago rules, among others. Robalino also participates in international public law cases under WTO, Andean Community of Nations (CAN), and the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights rules, among others.

In the academic field, Robalino is a professor of administrative law at Instituto de Derecho y Empresa INIDEM-Business Law School of Central America (2011). He is also professor of administrative and international law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (1999) and Chair of the Graduate Program (2003).

Robalino has been a visiting professor in various graduate programs including: the ALArb - Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá Arbitration Program (2013 ), Energy Graduate Program at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Administrative Law at Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil (2007-2013). Since 2015, he has been a member of the board at ASIER - Asociación Iberoamericana de Estudios de Regulación. Also, since 2016, he has been part of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Legal Foundation. He is also a member of the ICC Committee in Ecuador. As of the fall 2016 he has taught in the LL.M program at University of Miami.

Javier Robalino recently published, with Spanish professor Jaime Rodríguez-Arana Muñoz, the book “Global Administrative Law, towards a Lex Administrativa” (Pub. Cameron May, London, 2011). Robalino has written numerous publications on international public law, globalization of contracts, international investment law, and enforcement of international awards.

He has also participated in collective publications such as El arbitraje Comercial Internacional, Estudio de la Convención de Nueva York con motivo de su 50mo aniversario (Abeledo Perrot, 2008, led by Guido S. Tawil and Eduardo Zuleta) and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns (Juris Publishings, 2009, led by Doak R. Bishop). He is currently leading a collective publication by Springer on PPPs, on public and global comparative law. He continues to research global administrative law and international arbitration subjects.

Robalino is a member of the Oil & Gas/Energy Committee of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is former chair of the ALArb State Relations Committee, former Director of the Ibero-American Forum on Administrative Law (2007-2013), former representative of Club Español de Arbitraje CEA, and former Director of the Chamber of Industries (2003-2005).

He often participates in diverse academic activities with a variety of international organizations and universities such as the IBA, IFA, and ABA. In 2015, at the annual meeting of the IBA, Robalino made a presentation on the integration of systems of public law through the influence of international law, and its influence on local administrative law systems, including through international soft law.

He is an arbitrator and/or has been appointed or nominated as arbitrator of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), PCA, CIAC, CAM Santiago, International Arbitration and Mediation Center and is an arbitrator for the Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio. He has also acted as expert witness in matters of public law under ICC and UNCITRAL rules.

Robalino has also been a foreign associate of King & Spalding LLP, in Houston, Texas (2006-2007), Professor of Administrative Law at Universidad Católica de Quito (September 1996-2002), Member of the Regulatory Commission of the Office of the President of the Republic of Ecuador (2002-2003), Country Head - Legal Division at Arthur Andersen LL.P in Ecuador (1996-1998), Executive Assistant and head of the Office of the President of the Supreme Court and coordinator for Judicial Reform Project (1995-1996), Summer Associate at Cantey & Hanger, Fort Worth, Texas (1994), partner at Paz Horowitz Robalino Garcés Abogados S.A. (2011-2015) and Pérez Bustamante y Ponce (2007-2011).


  • International Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Southwestern Institute For International and Corporative Law
  • Doctor in Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, 1995
  • LLM, Duke University School of Law, 2006
  • Attorney Training Program, Harvard Law School, 2007

"A lawyer with a commercial vision." "He boasts expertise advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of majority and minority equity stakes, including assisting with deals of a cross-border nature. "

Chambers Latin America / Corporate / 2020

"He offers a strategic approach to matters and has a lot of contacts in Ecuador, which means he can look at the work through a different lens, enabling him to provide the best solution for his clients."

Chambers Latin America / Dispute Resolution / 2020

"Excellent tax lawyer" by his peers, with extensive experience handling complex cross-border transactions, especially in the oil and gas field.

Chambers Latin America / Tax / 2020

"A knowledgeable, responsive and business-oriented lawyer."

Chambers Latin America / Energy / 2020

"Experienced arbitrator Javier Robalino is very well-regarded in the field. He has an international profile and is well received by clients."

Latin Lawyer 250

Javier is able to sees beyond the pure technical aspect of an issue and comes up with practical answers.

Legal 500 / 2019

"He's hard-working and committed to excellence. He stands out for his analytical skills, and for being attentive and knowledgeable."

Chambers Global / 2018

Prominent arbitrator Javier Robalino is best known for his success rate in major investment treaty arbitrations brought by oil companies against the Ecuadorian government after the country revised its hydrocarbons law.

Latin Lawyer 250


Legal 500 / Energy & Natural Resources / 2019


Legal 500 / Tax / 2019


Legal 500 / Real Estate / 2019


Legal 500 / Banking & Finance


Legal 500 / Antitrust

Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 / in Corporate

Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 / Dispute Resolution


Latin Lawyer 250 / Arbitration


Latin Lawyer 250 / Real Estate


Latin Lawyer 250 / Antitrust


Latin Lawyer 250 / Corporate


Latin Lawyer 250 / Energy & Natural Resources



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