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Rodrigo Oreamuno

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Facio & Cañas

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International Arbitration


Senior Partner


 Vicepresident of the Ibero-American Arbitration Centre (CIAR) (2015-   ).

Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (2013-2019).

 Member of the World Bank Group Sanctions Board (2007-2013).

Member of the of Board of Directors the Central Bank of Costa Rica (2006-2010).

President of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (2002- 2004).

Member of the Panel of Arbitrators and the Panel of Conciliators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (1999-2016).

Coordinator of the Government's Economic Team (1996 –1998).

In charge of the Ministry of the Presidency (1995- 1996)

 First Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica (1994- 1998),

Congressman to the Costa Rican National Legislative Assembly (1990- 1992).

Alternate Justice to the Costa Rican Supreme Court (1983-1990).

President of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Bar Association (1982-1983).

Professor of Commercial Law, Law School, University of Costa Rica (1966-1974).


Spanish - English


Member of two Arbitration Tribunals under the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and one under the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and many other ad hoc, national and international Arbitration Tribunals, and under several Costa Rican arbitration institutions.

Designated as Appointing Authority by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (CPA), established at The Hague, and appointed arbitrator in four cases by said institution.

Member of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP) (2011-   ).

Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) (2011-   ).

Member and President of 12 Arbitration Tribunals and member and President of three Ad Hoc Annulment Committees under ICSID and member of other 5 Arbitration Tribunals also under ICSID (2010-2016).

Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Center for Mediation and Commercial Arbitration of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (2008- ).

 Member of four (President of two) Arbitration Tribunals under the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). (2008-  )

 Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Costa Rica-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (2008- ).

Member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Latin American Arbitration Group (2004- ).

Member of the Costa Rican Bar Association since 1964


J.D. Universidad de Costa Rica (1964)

Costa Rica

Dispute resolution

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Facio & Cañas’ dispute resolution department is jointly led by Federico Torrealba and senior figure, Rodrigo Oreamuno, who is today best known for his arbitral appointments and involvement in cross-border investment treaty arbitrations. The seven-strong team handles a broad range of contentious matters, from civil and commercial disputes, to administrative and intellectual property litigation, as well as the recovery of damages. In one recent highlight, Oreamuno represented Chiquita in a $400m lawsuit brought by 525 plantation workers against the client (along with Shell Oil, Dow Chemical and Del Monte), alleging exposure to harmful chemicals and associated health issues. Plaintiff-side work includes advising Productos de Concreto in an administrative tax dispute.

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Local practitioners of note (by country)

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Facio & CañasRodrigo Oreamuno is ‘a brilliant practitioner and a great arbitrator’. Dyalá Jiménez at boutique practice DJ Arbitraje is ‘an excellent arbitrator’.

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