Jose Fernando Torres is a Colombian national who graduated in law from the University of Los Andes with a mention of honour and is a member of the Colombian Bar. With the University of Los Andes, he won the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law in 2008, being the first and only time the competition was won by a non-native English speaking team. Before joining IELPO, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Summer Academy on International Trade of the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland.
While studying his law degree, Jose Fernando worked in Manrique & Asociados, a Colombian law firm, as a junior assistant to the main partner and was the main researcher for a publication on "Good Faith in Contract Law in Latin America".
His current research focus is international investment arbitration. Jose Fernando wrote his final dissertation on the principle of proportionality in international investment law.
Once Jose Fernando completed the IELPO Programme, he started to work as an intern in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO in September 2009. After the internship, Jose Fernando was promoted to Legal Affairs Officer. In July 2010 he left the WTO to join the International Arbitration Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in London. He represents clients in a wide range of significant international disputes, including arbitrations conducted under Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.
(Last update: August 2012)