Biography — Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández

Born in Mexico on 17 October 1968, Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández holds the Chair of International Trade Law at the Mexican National University (UNAM) in Mexico City. He was Head of the International Trade Practice for Latin America of an international law firm in Mexico City. His practice focused on issues related to NAFTA and trade across Latin America, including international trade dispute resolution.

Prior to practicing with a law firm, Mr Ramírez-Hernández was Deputy General Counsel for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economy in Mexico for more than a decade. In this capacity, he provided advice on trade and competition policy matters related to 11 free trade agreements signed by Mexico, as well as with respect to multilateral agreements, including those related to the WTO, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI).

Mr Ramírez-Hernández also represented Mexico in international trade litigation. He acted as lead counsel to the Mexican government in several WTO disputes. He has also served on panels under various Trade Agreements, as well as arbitral tribunals dealing with investment disputes. On September 16, 2017, he was designated by the Chairman of the Administrative Council of the World Bank to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for a period of 6 years.

Mr Ramírez-Hernández holds an LL.M. degree in International Business Law from the American University Washington College of Law, and a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.