Álvaro Awad is a Professor of Private Law, Arbitration and Oral Advocacy at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, where he graduated summa cum laude (2011). He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from The University of Chicago (2016),
He leads Contreras Velozo civil litigation group, focusing his professional practice on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, both locally and internationally.
Effective litigating before state tribunals in contractual, tort, unfair competition, consumer protection, constitutional and administrative claims, Álvaro has successfully delivered oral arguments before several Courts of Appeals and the Chilean Supreme Court.
His permanent practice focuses in the following areas: construction and infrastructure, energy, mining, finance, insurance and reinsurance, pharmaceuticals, transportation, technology, foreign investment, M&A and other corporate disputes.
In 2021 he was appointed as Regional Representative for Latin America in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF).
He has participated as arbitrator and counsel in dozens of arbitral proceedings both ad hoc and institutional for up to USD 2.5 billion.
He has wide experience with the rules of the Center of Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago) and the Court of International Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Likewise, he has a relevant corporate practice, having led due diligence processes in multiple transactions for up to USD 700 million, drafted the statutes of business and non-profit legal entities, and participated in their boards as legal counsel. In particular, his commercial practice is focused in M&As, project finance, public-private partnerships, construction and real-estate projects, distribution and representation, e-commerce and data privacy.
He has elaborated expert reports in civil and commercial law.
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Award and memberships
Outstanding academic performance (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011).
Phillipi Award to the best private law student (2013).
Fulbright scholarship (2015).
Beca Chile scholarship (2016).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.
Coordinator of the Pro Bono Foundation (2017 – 2018).
Arbitrator of the Pro Bono Arbitration Program (2017 to date).
Member of the Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC YAF).
Member of the Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (YIAG).
Organizer and Founding Member of the Santiago Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (SVYAP).
Reporter for the “Boletín de Arbitraje Internacional Comercial y de Inversiones” (“International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Gazette”) (2018).
Arbitrator Intelligence’s Ambassador for Chile (2018 to date) and member of the Ambassadors Executive Committee (2020-2021).
Young Arbitrator at the Center of Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (since 2020).
International Arbitrator at the Center of Arbitration of the Lima Chamber of Commerce (2020-2021).
Representative for Latin America in the International Chamber of Commerce’s Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) for the period 2021-2023.
Law degree, summa cum laude, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2012).
Lawyer, Corte Suprema de Chile (“Supreme Court of Justice”) (2013).
Master of Laws (LLM), The University of Chicago (2016).
Minor in Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2012).
Curso Internacional de Derecho Romano (“International Course on Roman Law”), University of Salamanca (2011).
Spanish (native), English (advanced), Italian (intermediate) and French (basic).
Author of multiple articles and columns on Civil Law and Dispute Resolution, including the following recent ones:
“Digital evidence from the industries: The case of the Building Information Modeling” in “Arbitration and New Technologies” (Lima, 2021).
“Surviving in the Field of International Arbitration: War Stories and Lessons Learned”, Wolters Kluwer (London, 2020).
“Jumping in the Pool: How to Draft your First Arbitral Award?” in “Surviving in the Field of International Arbitration: …”, Wolters Kluwer (London, 2020).
“Pandemic Dispute Resolution Methods” – EstadoDiario (2020).
“Civil Procedural Reform in Chile: What’s new / What’s yet to come” – Euro LATAM LEX, co-authored with Óscar Contreras B. (2018)
“Drafting your first arbitral award” – Bulletin on International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Latin America, No. 40, Lima, Peru (2018).
“The most important decision of the arbitration: factors to consider in the selection of the arbitral tribunal” – El Mercurio Legal (2017).
“Perpetual Actions: A comment on the civil imprescriptibility in Chilean law” – VI Congreso de Derecho Privado (6th Private Law Congress), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2016).
“On civil imprescriptibility in Chilean Law, and firstly on acquisitive imprescriptibility” – Teaching assistants’ gazette of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s Faculty of Law, Volume 2 (2015).
Professor of Civil Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2014 to date).
Professor in the postgraduate course “Arbitraje y Solución de Controversias” (“Arbitration and Dispute Resolution”,) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2018 to date).
Professor of Oral Litigation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2018 to date).
Professor of the Chilean Judicial Academy (2017).
Visiting arbitrator in the preparation of various international arbitration competitions, for the teams of The University of Chicago, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje (“International Arbitration Competition”) (Universidad de Buenos Aires – Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá)
Regular speaker at national and international events related to arbitration and dispute resolution, including ICC YAF conferences and the Ring Arbitral.