Eduardo Silva Romero


Eduardo Silva Romero

Eduardo Silva Romero, co-Chair of Dechert’s International Arbitration global practice, focuses his practice on arbitration matters, particularly disputes involving States and State entities.

An acknowledged expert in international arbitration, Mr. Silva Romero has supervised numerous proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide. Former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Mr. Silva Romero has far-reaching experience in all areas of international arbitration, including international sales and distribution contracts, construction, telecommunication, mining, oil and gas, and electricity-related disputes. He advises on arbitration matters conducted under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, AAA and the SCC, as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL and EDF arbitration rules. As an arbitrator, Mr. Silva Romero has acted in more than 100 arbitrations. 

Mr. Silva Romero is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe 2017 which notes him as "outstanding". The Legal 500 Latin America 2016 notes he “excels in the quality and strategic value of its advice.” He is also consistently recommended by the Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Global, Chambers France, Europe, Chambers Latin America, Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit and The International Who’s Who of Arbitration and Energy and The Who's Who Legal: France - Arbitration. In 2016, he was named MVPs of the Year by Law 360 for his accomplishment in international arbitration. He is recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Arbitration and Mediation in France in 2018.

Mr. Silva Romero teaches Investment Arbitration and International Contracts at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po), Arbitration at the University of Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX), and is a Professor of International Law at the University of Rosario’s Law School in Bogota.

He is a regular speaker at numerous conferences, seminars and courses in Europe, the US and Latin America.

He is the Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and has published dozens of books and articles on international arbitration and other matters.

  • The Czech Republic in three investment arbitrations in the real estate, gaming and airplanes sectors.
  • The Republic of Ecuador in ten investment and commercial arbitrations in, for instance, the telecommunication, oil and gas, construction and mining concession sectors. 
  • The Plurinational State of Bolivia in ten investment arbitrations (under the auspices of ICSID or under the UNCITRAL rules) and one commercial arbitration involving several sectors, including telecommunications, infrastructure, mining, energy and oil and gas.
  • The Republic of Colombia in four investment arbitrations (under the auspices of ICSID or under the UNCITRAL rules) in the mining and telecommunication sectors.
  • A group of Costa Rican and Dutch investors against a Central American State in an ICSID arbitration relating to the construction and development of an ecotourist resort. 
  • A French multinational in a dispute with a Central American state entity in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of a hydro electrical plant.
  • A Brazilian company against a Portuguese group of companies in an ICC arbitration arising from fraudulent schemes in the execution of several financial agreements concluded for the financing of a construction project.
  • A leading European gas company in its gas pricing dispute against another leading European gas company in a potential ICC arbitration arising from a long term gas supply contract.
  • A French fund against a French company in an ad-hoc arbitration arising from a shareholders agreement in the food industry.
  • A leading American technology company against a South Korean company in an ICC arbitration relating to the softwares of the smartphones.
  • A Spanish company against two Peruvian companies in an AAA arbitration related to the breach of a shareholders agreement.
  • El Rosario University, 1993
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Assas, Comparative Law and Legal Terminology
  • Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DSU, Private International Law, 1995
  • Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DEA, Philosophy of Law, 1996
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Assas, Ph.D., Docteur en Droit, 2000, summa cum laude
  • Bogotá
  • Paris
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee
  • Member and Former Secretary, ICC Latin American Arbitration Group
  • Vice President, Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center
  • Advisory Board, AILA (Africa International Legal Awareness)