Monica Tovar was born in Bogotá D.C., Colombia. She obtained her Law degree in 2007 from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Law School, Colombia's leading Jesuit University. Her dissertation addressed the competition provisions included in the Preferential Trade Agreement between Colombia and the U.S. and their role as a major complement to the current efforts to promote a non-discriminatory trading system. She also holds postgraduate degrees in Corporate Law (2008) and Insurance Law (2010) from the same University.
Upon completion of her studies, she worked at Barrios Velez Gutierrez in Bogotá, a leading law firm in the insurance sector, as an associate of its Litigation team dealing with corporate and commercial disputes and providing legal advice to the heads of the Insurance sector on objections, drafting of insurance policies and all matters related to their activities until 2011. Thereafter, she shifted to Cartagena, Colombia and became part of the legal department of the Port of Cartagena, ranked as the 5th best Port in Latin America and a business group with an ambitious development program. There, she worked as an in-house lawyer involved in significant international transactions and advised the Management in issues related to commercial and corporate law, contracts, international trade, and public ports regulation until 2014.
It was during her work at the Port that she developed her interest in International Trade Law and in that year, she shifted to external adviser of the same Corporation and moved to Spain in order to pursue her LL.M. at the University of Barcelona's IELPO program, successfully concluding her studies in 2015. Currently, she is back in Cartagena working at the Port of Cartagena business group as its foreign trade lawyer providing legal advise in international trade law and trade facilitation matters.
(Last update: October 2015)