Isabel San Martín

Senior Associate, London

+44 20 3880 1540

Isabel’s practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law. She has experience in commercial and investment arbitrations under various procedural rules, including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, UNCITRAL and CAIP Arbitration Rules. She has represented and advised clients in a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, oil and gas, mining, construction, and banking and finance. She also has experience in human rights law, environmental law and other areas of public international law. She was a member of the ICC Task Force that published the Report on Resolving Climate Change Related Disputes through Arbitration and ADR.

Recent publications

UK withdrawal from the ECT – what next for investors?
In: Lexology, 2024

The End Is Near: the European Commission’s Proposed Coordinated Withdrawal from the ECT
In: Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2023

ITA Arbitration Report, Volume XVIII – Issue 13, 2020 – “OGI Group Corporation v. Oil Projects Compay of the Ministry of Oil, Baghdad, Iraq (SCOP)”
In: Wolters Kluwer ITA Arbitration Report, 2020

Recent conferences

IBA Arbitration Committee’s Arb40 Subcommittee – Symposium
ISABEL SAN MARTÍN, Speaker: Oxford-style debate “Wishful thinking or true possibilities: enforcement of awards against sovereign and environmental concerns”
Lisbon, Portugal, 13 April 2023

American Society of International Law – Annual Meeting
ISABEL SAN MARTÍN, Speaker; “International Arbitration: Reforms and its challenges”
Washington D.C., 30 March 2023

Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje – XVI Congreso de Arbitraje Internacional IPA
ISABEL SAN MARTÍN, Speaker: “La corrupción y los proyectos de infraestructura: ¿Cuál es el rol del arbitraje? ¿Cómo afrontar un arbitraje en el que se encuentran indicios de actos de corrupción?”
Lima, Peru, 25 November 2022

Current memberships

  • Member and taskforce leader of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Young Practitioners’ Subcommittee
  • Member of Steering Committee of the British Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEIA)
  • Member of the 2024 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee of the American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Representative of the IBA Young Lawyer’s Committee in the United Kingdom
  • Co-founder and Steering Committee member of the Comillas Alumni International Arbitration Club

Career history

  • Senior Associate, LALIVE, London, 2024 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, London, 2021 – 2023
  • Associate, King & Spalding, Paris, 2018 – 2021
  • Contract Attorney, Debevoise & Plimpton, London, 2017
  • Research Assistant, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London, 2016 – 2017
  • Policy Adviser, Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, New York, 2015 – 2016
  • Legal Counsel, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington D.C. 2013

Academic qualifications

  • Master in Legal Practice, Universidad Carlos III, 2015
  • LLM, Boston University School of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Laws, ICADE – Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Spain, 2013