Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga is a leading practitioner in the field of international litigation and transnational arbitration, including complex jurisdictional disputes concerning common law and civil law issues. Mr. Martinez-Fraga is a World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) arbitrator. On December 16, 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Martinez-Fraga as one of four U.S. delegate members to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank), effective February 23, 2016. He is the first Hispanic to have been so appointed in the history of the Washington Convention of 1965.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga is the co-leader of the firm’s International Arbitration Team. He serves on the Advisory Council to the Restatement (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration of the American Law Institute.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga has represented the Republic of Argentina, the Republic of Guatemala, the Republic of El Salvador, the Federated Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Ecuador, instrumentalities of the Kingdom of Spain, and most recently the Dominican Republic. He has, in addition, served as an arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (World Bank) proceedings: (Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia, Bilbao Bizkaia Ur Partzuergoa v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/26). His arbitration experience includes arbitral disputes under the following institutions and rules: ICSID (World Bank), ICC, LCIA, ICDR, DIS and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center.
His more notable representations include serving as lead US counsel on behalf of the Republic of Chile in the case against former Chilean President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Senator pour vie Augusto Pinochet.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga was the Exclusive Winner of the 2019 Lexology Client Choice International Arbitration & ADR Award for Florida. One client noted "his critical thinking and powerful mindset allows him to solve the most difficult cases; he is able to find a rapid solution to the problem." Another client observed "through his creative analysis and work ethic he can outmanoeuvre an adverse party; he has a hands-on approach." During his tenure at another law firm, Mr. Martinez-Fraga was recognized by the prestigious legal publication Chambers for being “widely regarded as the firm’s key player in the field” and it was noted that he “is considered to offer a considerable depth of experience in matters relating to Latin America, not to mention the Spanish-speaking world in general.” Recently Chambers noted that Mr. Martinez-Fraga "is well liked by clients, who value his understanding of what the client wants and ability to find a very unique way to achieve their goals. He has long-standing experience of Latin American dispute resolution matters." Legal 500 Latin America wrote of Mr. Martinez-Fraga and his team that "Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields a number of ‘outstanding practitioners with great technical ability’ and the team has considerable experience handling both commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes." In addition, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is ranked by Latinvex as a top law firm for arbitration and as a top law firm overall.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga also maintains an active international human rights practice, serving as lead counsel in a landmark case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He served as a member of the Center for Human Rights Advisory Council of the American Bar Association.
A noted scholar, author and lecturer in the fields of public and private international law, Mr. Martinez-Fraga has been published in 15 countries and five languages. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed or academically reviewed articles, six books on private and public procedural international law and is the co-editor and a contributing author of a seventh book on international arbitration. Two of his books are published by Cambridge University Press and form part of every major academic law library and legal research center globally. Additionally, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has published and translated two of his books into Mandarin. The Universidad del Pacífico honored Mr. Martinez-Fraga with a special book launch highlighting the Spanish language edition of “Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in a Global Era” (Cambridge University Press), titled: "La Utilidad Pública en el Derecho Internacional: Una Revisión de la Soberanía Regulatoria en la Era Global." The video featuring Mr. Martinez-Fraga and the book launch may be accessed here: https://youtu.be/Qy1mGmCy2XA.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga has lectured at more than 30 universities globally including Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Georgetown University, McGill University, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany), Leibniz Universität (Hannover, Germany), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), East China University (Shanghai), Central University of Law and Social Science (Beijing), Marmara University (Istanbul), Bilgi University (Istanbul), Istanbul Kültür University, The University of Florence, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, King's College London, Istanbul University, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (University of Madrid). He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. Mr. Martinez-Fraga was named Scholar-in-Residence Fellow at New York University School of Law in 2017. He is also a Visiting Professor of International Litigation and Arbitration for the Global Law Program of the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain and an Honorary Professor of Law at the Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Perú. The meeting that features Mr. Martinez-Fraga as he receives the Honorary Professor distinction may be accessed here: https://youtu.be/R_UPmntAtmY. Mr. Martinez-Fraga served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law from 2002 to 2010.
On August 27, 2007, Mr. Martinez-Fraga was listed as counsel who may be appointed to represent victims or the accused in cases before the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
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