Analia Gonzalez

International Counsel

Washington, D.C.
T +1.202.861.1723
F +1.202.861.1783

Overview

Analia Gonzalez specializes in international arbitration and litigation, with a focus on investment and commercial arbitrations. A considerable amount of her work involves matters regarding investment and trade in Latin America, as well as issues pertaining to the environment, natural resources, public health, energy, infrastructure, and trade and customs compliance. Analia has represented clients before a variety of governing tribunals, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and in ad hoc arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Notably, she has served as an arbitrator in a commercial arbitration under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC.

Analia's extensive experience working with high-level government officials and facilitating integrated projects between multiple Latin American countries provides a solid and comprehensive foundation to her international practice.

*Admitted only in Uruguay, Licensed in the District of Columbia as a Special Legal Consultant

Select Experience

Investor-State Arbitrations
  • Represented Uruguay in an ICSID case involving tobacco labeling standards. The Tribunal unanimously rejected the claimant’s challenge against Uruguay’s progressive tobacco-control measures, aimed at reducing cigarette consumption and its devastating impact on public health. It also rejected the claimant’s denial of justice claims.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID (Additional Facility) proceeding brought by a major United Kingdom-based mining company under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with a nickel mining concession, securing a victory for Venezuela.
International Commercial Arbitration
  • Represented a Venezuelan State-owned shipyard in an ICC arbitration brought by a German company, related to a maintenance and repair of Venezuelan submarines, obtaining an award favorable to client.
More »

Experience

Investor-State Arbitrations
  • Represented Uruguay in an ICSID case involving tobacco labeling standards. The Tribunal unanimously rejected the claimant’s challenge against Uruguay’s progressive tobacco-control measures, aimed at reducing cigarette consumption and its devastating impact on public health. It also rejected the claimant’s denial of justice claims.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID (Additional Facility) proceeding brought by a major United Kingdom-based mining company under a bilateral investment treaty in connection with a nickel mining concession, securing a victory for Venezuela.
  • Represented Venezuela in a $3.03 billion claim against a Canadian gold mining company in an ICSID (Additional Facility) arbitration concerning the alleged nationalization of the company’s gold assets, which resulted in an award that reduced damages significantly. Successfully represented Venezuela in subsequent proceedings to vacate the arbitral award before the tribunals in Paris, France, obtaining the annulment of the award.
  • Represented Ukraine in case brought by Dutch investors concerning a dispute arising from measures in the Ukrainian banking and finance sector.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding brought by a Canadian company under the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty in connection with a mining operations contract, which resulted in an award that reduced damages to one third of the amount originally claimed. Represented Venezuela in subsequent proceedings to vacate the arbitral award before the United States District Court for the District of Washington, D.C.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration brought by a Canadian gold mining company over Venezuela's denial and cancellation of gold concessions and the revocation of related environmental permits, which resulted in an award that reduced damages significantly.
  • Represented Venezuela in rectification and annulment proceedings of an award issued on an ICSID proceeding brought by European subsidiaries of an Argentine group under bilateral investment treaties with Luxembourg and Portugal in connection with the alleged expropriation of a plant involved in the production of hot briquetted iron. The Arbitral Tribunal issued an award that reduced damages to less than a quarter of the amount originally claimed.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Venezuela-Dutch bilateral investment treaty regarding the alleged expropriation of gold and diamond mining concessions in Venezuela, securing a victory for Venezuela.
  • Represented Venezuela in an ICSID (Additional Facility) arbitration brought by a Canadian mining company seeking $1 billion in damages for the cancellation of a gold mining contract, securing a judgment in Venezuela’s favor.
  • Represented Venezuela in an arbitral proceeding under the UNCITRAL Rules, arising from the alleged violation of a coal supply contract, obtaining a victory in favor of Venezuela.
International Commercial Arbitration
  • Represented a Venezuelan State-owned shipyard in an ICC arbitration brought by a German company, related to a maintenance and repair of Venezuelan submarines, obtaining an award favorable to client.
  • Representing Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company in ICC proceedings brought by a consortium in connection with a breach of contract claim relating to enhanced oil recovery techniques.
Litigation before the International Court of Justice
  • Represented Ecuador in case concerning Colombia's aerial spraying of toxic herbicides in close proximity to the Ecuadorian border, causing serious harm to human health, livestock, crops and the environment in Ecuador.
  • Represented Uruguay in a proceeding before the ICJ, defending Uruguay's right to sustainable development through the construction of a pulp plant that satisfies the highest environmental standards.
Litigation before United States Federal Courts
  • Represented Venezuela in a lawsuit brought before US Courts over alleged expropriation of mining concessions in Venezuela and in appeal of judgment in favor of Venezuela on grounds of sovereign immunity.
Advisory Work
  • Advised Mexican natural gas regulatory entity responsible for operating the national system of transport and storage pipelines, with respect to its international bidding procedures and documents.
  • Advised the Republic of Angola with respect to the delimitation of its maritime boundaries.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Who's Who Legal: Arbitration in Mexico (2018 to 2019)
    • Feature Leaders: Arbitration (2019)

Memberships

  • International Chamber of Commerce Mexico, Investment-Arbitration Committee: Vice President
  • American Bar Association, International Law and Dispute Resolution Section
  • International Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition: International Rounds Judge
  • Mexican Arbitral Women’s Group

News

News

Pro Bono

  • Provide counsel to the Heinrich Böll Foundation with regard to public private partnerships and infrastructure financing.

Prior Positions

  • Inter-American Development Bank: Consultant (2001 to 2006)
  • Inter-American Investment Corporation: Intern (2003)

Admissions

  • Uruguay
  • [*Admitted only in Uruguay, Licensed in the District of Columbia as a Special Legal Consultant]

Education

  • Diploma in Energy Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho, 2018
  • LL.M., International and Comparative Law, George Washington University Law School, 2004
  • J.D. (equivalent), University of the Republic of Uruguay Law School, 1999
  • LL.B., University of the Republic of Uruguay Law School, 1996

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish