Andrea Saldarriaga is a civil law and international lawyer with extensive experience in investment law, international arbitration and social sustainability. As an associate with various law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Andrea spent several years working closely with corporations in laying out their business strategies, structuring and overseeing their complex transactions and defending their interests in commercial and investment arbitrations She also participated in pro bono cases dealing with human rights.
Since 2007, Andrea has worked as an independent consultant providing advice on investment cases and working on a range of projects with international organisations, not-for-profit and academic institutions in her areas of expertise. Andrea has worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in analysing the interaction of the regime for the protection of foreign investment with areas such as human rights and corporate social responsibility, in preparing the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and in capacity building activities in developing countries. Andrea has also provided advice to the Justice Initiative of the Open Society Institute on investment arbitration and corruption and participated in the preparation of a petition to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on behalf of the peoples of Equatorial Guinea. Andrea was among the experts that advised UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, on investment issues and the “Principles for responsible contracts”, presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2011.
Andrea taught international arbitration and investment law at University Paris X Nanterre and ESSEC Business School in Paris from 2005 until 2013. She is currently teaching Business and Human Rights at ESSEC Business School Paris and ESCP Business School Europe. She is a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of UNCTAD and co-president to the investment committee of the Latin American Arbitration Association.