Mr. Christian Vidal-LeónCounsel
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Christian Vidal-León joined the ACWL as Counsel in May 2016. He previously worked as a dispute settlement lawyer in both the Legal Affairs Division and the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, as well as a legal officer in the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, where he was involved in a number of WTO disputes and in trade negotiations.

In addition, Mr. Vidal-León has also served as manager of the international trade and investment department for Southern Africa of a global consulting firm in Johannesburg, and as legal associate in a prominent Brussels-based law firm dealing with international and European trade- and investment-related issues. Moreover, Mr. Vidal-León has assisted arbitrators in a number of international investment tribunals under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

He is a qualified lawyer in both Mexico and Spain with law degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Lleida University. Mr. Vidal-León holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University and a Masters of International Law and Economics from the University of Bern, in Switzerland.

Mr. Vidal-León is currently a visiting senior research fellow in the Mandela Institute, in the School of Law of the University of the Witwatersrand. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.


His publications include:

  • Christian Vidal-León, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the World Trade Organization, (4) Journal of International Economic Law 2013, pp. 893-920.
  • Christian Vidal-León, Inequality of the Parties before the International Court of Justice: Reflections on the Appellate Jurisdiction over ILOAT Judgments, 5(2) Journal of International Dispute Settlement 2014, pp. 406-430.
  • Christian Vidal-León, A new Approach to the Law of Foreign Investments: the South African Case, Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2014-2015, (Oxford University Press: New York, 2016), Chapter 11 (forthcoming).

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