Marihu Contreras was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1992. She obtained her Law degree from the University of Zulia with the highest academic honors (Summa Cum Laude), in Maracaibo, Venezuela (2015). She also holds a diploma in Business Law from the University Rafael Belloso Chacin, Maracaibo, Venezuela (2015).
Due to her profound interest in International Law, Marihu participated actively as a member of the University of Zulia’s Delegation for United Nations Models, initially as a delegate and later on as an academic advisor and chair member in these competitions (2010-2015).
Within the framework of the regulations in her country in the area of currency exchange controls, she worked together with other classmates in a research regarding the effects of the Venezuelan currency exchange control regime over the exercise of human rights, which was awarded ¨Best Presentation¨ among several other research projects from Latin American Universities in the “X Inter-university Constitutional Law and Human Rights” in Montevideo, Uruguay (2012).
While completing her studies she worked as a paralegal in the judicial department of a law firm in her city, dealing with civil, commercial and agricultural law disputes. After graduation, she continued her experience in the law firm as a junior lawyer (2014-2016). She also has experience as an internal legal assistant/consultant of a company in the manufacturing sector in Maracaibo (2010-2016).
Due to her academic and professional backgrounds, Marihu was awarded with a partial scholarship to join the IELPO LL.M. Programme, where she expects to lay the basis for a wide path in practice of International Economic Law.
She is a Spanish native speaker, and fluent in English.