Roberto Echandi

Roberto Echandi

Roberto EchandiOccupation: Diplomat; Ambassador; Economist; Public Policy Lawmaker
Born: San José, Costa Rica, May 2, 1967

Education:
Coursework, Strategic Negotiation Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA (1996)
MPhil in Latin American Studies, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (1995)
LLM, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI (1993)
Doctoral Coursework, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI (1991-1993)
Coursework, Introduction to the United States Legal System, International Law Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1991)
Licenciado en Derecho Diploma, School of Law, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1991)
Coursework, Legal Aspects of Trade with the United States, INCAE Central American Institute on Business Administration, San Jose, Costa Rica (1990)

Career:
Global Lead, Investment Policy & Promotion, World Bank Group, Washington, D.C. (2012-Present)
Director, Program on International Investment, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2010–2012)
Faculty Member, Master in International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Bern Switzerland (2010–2012)
Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union, Government of Costa Rica, Brussels, Belgium (2007–2010)
Chief Negotiator of Costa Rica for the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America, Government of Costa Rica, Brussels, Belgium (2007–2010)
Special Adjunct Ambassador for United States Trade Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade, San Jose, Costa Rica (2002–2005)
Senior Special Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Trade, San Jose, Costa Rica (2000–2001)
Director General for International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Trade (1998-2000)
Legal Affairs Officer, Appellate Body Secretariat, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (1997-1998)
Advisor, Department of International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Trade (1995–1997)
Advisor, Department of International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Trade (1993)

Career Related:
Faculty Member for the Summer Academy, Module on Investment, Master in International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Bern Switzerland (2010–Present); Faculty Member, Course on Investment Protection, LL.M. in International Economic Law & Policy, University of Barcelona (2009-Present); Designated to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Conciliators (2011-2017); Member of Faculty, Courses on International Trade and Investment Law and Policy, Master’s Program on Diplomatic Studies, Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica (2004-2006); Adjunct Professor of Law, Visiting Scholar and Fellow of the Institute for International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center (2000-2001); Faculty Member, Courses on International Trade and Investment Law and Policy, Master’s Program on Diplomatic Studies, Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica (1999); Member of Faculty, Courses on International Trade and Investment Law and Policy, Master’s Program on Diplomatic Studies, Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica (1995-1996); Member of Faculty, Courses on International Trade and Investment Law and Policy, Master’s Program on Diplomatic Studies, Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica (1993); Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Contributing Expert and Scholar, Latin America Initiative; Key Note Speaker, Panelist, Instructor, International Trade & Investment Law and Policy, Multiple Conferences, Seminars and Training Activities, Asia, the Americas and Europe

Creative Works:
Author, “Be Careful with What You Wish: Saving Developing Countries from Development and the Risk of Overlooking the Importance of a Multilateral Rule-Based System on Investment in the Twenty-First Century,” European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Euroyear, Volume 7 (2016); Author, Several Books, Articles and Papers, International Trade and Investment Law & Policy, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Oxford University Press, Cameron May (Now CMP Publishing), Martinus Nijhoff (Now Brill), Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank Group, Asia-Europe Journal, Journal of International Economic Law and Several Costa Rican Publishers; Editorial Board, Journal of World Investment & Trade, Kluwer Law International (2012); Editorial Board, Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press

Awards:
Mariano Montealegre Bustamante Excellence Award, President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica to the Best Ambassador of the Administration (2006-2010); Ronaldo Falconer Scholarship, University of Oxford (1993-1995); Fulbright Scholar (1991-1992); Fellow, Academia de Centroamérica

Memberships:
Honorary Member, Costa Rican Exporters Association (2010); Costa Rica Bar Association

Email:
rechandi@ifc.org

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