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Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer



Lima, Peru 2010


Peruvian, French


Spanish , English , French


35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6


+41 58 105 2000

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer joined LALIVE in 2022 and specialises in international arbitration, including investor-State and commercial arbitration, with a particular focus on Latin America and Spain.

Mr. Velarde has experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, Peruvian Chamber of Commerce and Quito Chamber of Commerce Rules. His experience spans several industries, including mining, construction & infrastructure, transport, and energy.

Before joining LALIVE, Mr. Velarde worked as a senior associate at Dechert LLP’s international arbitration department, in Paris (2014-2021).  Prior to that, he worked as an International Legal Analyst at Baker & Hostetler LLP’s international arbitration department, in Washington DC. (2013), and as an associate at the Private Law department of Benites, Forno & Ugaz Abogados, in Lima (2009-2012).

Mr. Velarde has been Professor of Contract Law at various universities in Peru, and has published a book titled “Contracts: Theory and Practice. A Comparative Perspective” (2015). He is a founding member of Latin American Arbitration Practitioners – EU (LATAP), and the Latin American Representative of the Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA).

Mr. Velarde holds a Degree in Law from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (2009), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2013).

Investment Disputes Involving Mineral Assets: Relevant Statistics & Trends

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer, Tiago Duarte-Silva 2021

Transnational Dispute Management 3, International Oil & Gas Arbitration · Feb 17, 2021

Lessons from the Deathbed of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Are Recent Critiques of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) System Warranted?

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer, Amir Farhadi 2017

The Journal of the Dispute Resolution Section of the IBA · May 1, 2017

Contratos: Teoría y Práctica. Aportes del Derecho Comparado

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer, Oscar Sumar 2015

Book, Universidad del Pacífico, May 2015

La Reparación Civil en Sede Penal: La Confusión Proveniente de su Concepción como "Accesoria" al Delito

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer, Fernando Ikehara 2014

Revista Forseti, 2014

Quien Contamina Paga: Existen danos autorizados a la luz de las reglas de la Responsabilidad Ambiental?

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer, Patrick Wieland Fernandini 2008

Revista Peruana de Derecho de la Empresa No. 65, pages 369-399