Ricardo Gerhard


Ricardo holds a law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and an LLM from King’s College London.  He advises private entities, States and international organisations on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law matters.

Ricardo has over ten years’ experience on investor-State arbitration proceedings.  Recent highlights of his investor‑State arbitration experience include acting for private investors in different annulment proceedings against a Latin American State; and defeating a multi-billion US Dollar ICSID arbitration brought against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His International Court of Justice experience includes representing the Democratic Republic of Congo in the historic “Armed Activities” case and the Republic of Kenya in its high-profile maritime delimitation dispute with the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Ricardo’s non-contentious practice includes advising the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (through the parliamentary-designated National Unity Government); and advising a development finance institution on its responsibilities under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Ricardo is also a Visiting Lecturer at The Dickson Poon School of Law (King’s College London), where he teaches International Dispute Resolution to postgraduate students.

Prior to joining Volterra Fietta, Ricardo was as an associate in the international arbitration group of a major international law firm, where he represented States in international investment arbitrations under different rules, including ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL.  He also has a strong transactional background, with a particular focus in the energy and financial sectors.

Contact+44 (0)207 380 3897

Email: ricardo.gerhard@volterrafietta.com


LLM, King’s College London (merits and distinction in his dissertation)

Law Degree, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (summa cum laude)


Spanish and English

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