Roberto is a Venezuelan lawyer. He holds a law degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and an LLM from the University of Chicago.
Roberto advises private entities and sovereign States on contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues. He regularly represents States in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and has been involved in a dozen investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Recent highlights of his practice include representing several States in high-profile proceedings before the International Court of Justice; successfully defending an award worth more than half a billion US Dollars in an ICSID annulment proceeding against a Latin American State; and defeating a multi-billion US Dollar ICSID arbitration brought against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Roberto is currently representing multiple States in proceedings before the ICJ. In the past year, he represented the Democratic Republic of Congo in the historic “Armed Activities” case; another State in a high-profile maritime delimitation dispute before the ICJ; and the United Arab Emirates in multiple ICJ proceedings against Qatar. In addition, Roberto is acting for two US investors in an ICSID annulment proceeding concerning an award worth half a billion US Dollars and the Republic of Croatia in four ICSID arbitrations initiated by Austrian banks.
Prior to joining Volterra Fietta, Roberto was an associate at a global law firm where he represented private entities in some of the largest international arbitration proceedings in Latin America, both under ICSID and the ICC Rules. He also advised multinational companies in a broad range of commercial and corporate law matters, with an emphasis in the oil and gas industry.
Roberto has spoken at conferences and published in several areas, including the field of public international law and international arbitration.
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LLM, University of Chicago Law School, USA
Law Degree, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela
Spanish, English, Italian and French