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.

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

"Good experience in tax matters."

Chambers Latin America / 2019 / Tax

"Amiable, reliable, pragmatic and business-oriented."

Chambers Latin America / 2019 / Energy & Natural Resources

He's an essential commercial adviser for multinationals doing business in Ecuador, as he can marry his depth of knowledge of Ecuadorian law with international experience."

Chambers Latin America / 2019 / Dispute Resolution

“Tiene una relación muy cercana con nosotros – siempre nos asegura una buena atención y nos mantiene actualizados respecto de importantes temas regulatorios”.

Chambers Latin America / 2019 / Corporativo

"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

Band 1

Chambers Latin America / 2018 / Dispute Resolution


Chambers Latin America / 2018 / Corporate


Chambers Latin America / 2018 / Energy & Natural Resources


Chambers Latin America / 2018 / Tax


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 / Corporate


Latin Lawyer 250 / Energy & Natural Resources



LACCA Approved


IFLR recognized FERRERE as the most innovative firm of the year in Ecuador

FERRERE was named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ecuador, at the 14th Annual IFLR Americas Awards.


Ecuador: Javier Robalino Orellana lectured in the Paris Arbitration Week

Javier Robalino, Managing Partner at FERRERE Ecuador lectured in the Paris Arbitration Week.


Latin Lawyer 250 recognizes FERRERE in its four jurisdictions

Latin Lawyer 250 conducts an annual survey of the region’s leading firms and their most active practice areas, in which FERRERE was distinguished its four jurisdictions.


FERRERE promotes five new partners

FERRERE has appointed five new partners to the firm, Soledad Díaz, Verónica Franco, Martín Pallares, Sebastián Ramos and Daniel Robalino Orellana, as of January 1, 2019.


FERRERE garners awards as Best Regional Practice in South America

The regional award of Chambers and Partners crowns the firm’s regionalization and sustained growth in each of the jurisdictions where it is present: Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.


FERRERE advised Terrafertil on the sale of its majority stake to Nestlé

FERRERE lead the regional LATAM team in all matters involved in the transaction, including but not limited to coordinating over eight jurisdictions in tax planning.

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