Mr. José Manuel Alvarez Zárate

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Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota, Lawyer, 1987

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Masters Degree, Public Management and Administrative Institutions, 1991

Universidad Externado de Colombia, Assistant on Masters Program in International Relations, 1998

Joint Program, Universities Externado, Javeriana and Rosario, Bogota, Ph. D. in Law, 1997- 2004. 


International Seminar: Trade on International Services. Proexpo, 1986

International Seminar: Negotiating Trade in Services. Incomex, 1988

Visiting Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, 2009.


Spanish – mother tongue 

English – advanced level


Ferreira & Associates, 1990, Assistant Lawyer, Foreign Trade Division. Commercial law, International Trade, Customs and related contractual aspects practice. Acting before Governmental Trade offices and courts.

Arthur Andersen & Co., 1991, Assistant Lawyer, Legal and Tax Division. Issues related with International Trade and contracts. Practice in legal issues related to Transfer of Technology, intellectual property and foreign investment.

External Advisor, Economic Commission, Colombian House of Representatives. 1993-94

Research Director, Economic Law Department, Externado Universidad of Colombia. 1998 - 1999 (part-time).

During the period 1993-2010, I had work part-time and full-time depending on my academic involvement on the following issues: 

Adviser on different issues and cases related with International Trade Law, arbitration, Communitarian Law on the Andean Community and investment protection for national and foreign companies.

Solicitor on issues related to: intellectual property, services, distribution and agency agreements, telecommunications and competition before national and international courts, such as the Andean Pact Tribunal (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The latter withdrew from the Treaty in 2006).

Adviser for the private sector on the negotiations of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and the Bilateral FTA (Free Trade Agreement- FTA- with the United States), 2000-2006, on issues related to the following chapters of the Treaty: International law, Dispute Settlement, Telecommunications, Competition (agency), Investment and Intellectual Property.

Adviser for the Bogota Mayor´s office, Administrative Department of District Planning in subjects related to the FTA with the United States.

Adviser on the drafting of laws and regulations regarding foreign trade, arbitration and 

Competition, among others.

Director of the program on International Economic Law, Externado University, 2010 to present.

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