Javier Echeverri

Senior Associate


Javier Echeverri’s practice focuses on international arbitration. He has represented states, investors, and state entities in over twenty commercial and international treaty arbitrations in several industry sectors including engineering and construction, power generation, electricity, mining, transportation and telecommunications.

He has represented clients in arbitrations under the ICSID Rules and the rules of UNCITRAL, the ICC, the Quito Chamber of Commerce and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining Wordstone, Javier previously practiced in the international arbitration practice of a global law firm in Paris, and has also held roles within two other law firms specializing in arbitration and highly complex litigation in the infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.

Javier teaches international commercial arbitration at the School of Law of the École des hautes études commerciales in Paris.

Recent Experience

  • Represents one of the largest power transmission companies in the world against a South American State, in a US$200 million ICISD arbitration claim arising from the construction and operation of a power transmission line (of over 1000 Km long) and the imposition of fines by the State.
  • Represents a South American State in a multi-billion arbitration arising out amendments to the laws and regulations on electricity generation.
  • Represents a South American State in an ICSID arbitration against a commodities trader (the second ICSID arbitration against this company), over the construction and maintenance of a port facility and the State’s alleged failure to prevent anticompetitive behaviours.
  • Represents a South American State in a commercial arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from a FIDIC design and construction contract involving two sections of a new mass transit system.
  • Represents a South American State in a commercial arbitration under the ICC Rules of Arbitration arising from a FIDIC contract involving the maintenance of two major toll-roads in the country.
  • Represents a South American State Entity in a commercial arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from a project for the development and implementation of a customized enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
  • Represents a South American oil company against another oil company arising out of an alleged failure to comply with an several commercial agreements for hydrocarbons supply.


University of Cambridge, Master of Law (LLM), 2021

Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Bogotá), Lawyer, 2014



Admitted to practice as a foreign legal consultant in France


Spanish, English and French


  • New Horizons: The Role of International Arbitration inEnvironmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Disputes, 40 under 40 international arbitration (2024)
  • Constitutions Meet Arbitration in Latin America – Lexology (September 2022)
  • “The State of Necessity in Public Health Emergency Measures: A Proposition from the Latin American Experience” (with R. Esanu), TDM 4 (2022)
  • Some Philosophical Questions to Understand the Role of Arbitrators through the Notion of Fair and Equitable Treatment, Revista Estudios SocioJurídicos, 24(1), 13-37
  • ICSID Reports Volume 18 – Cambridge University Press (November 2020)

Awards & Associations

Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

Member of the Colombian Arbitration Committee

Member of the Spanish Arbitration Club