Luis Bergolla


Stanford Law School
P.O. Box 18761
Stanford, CA 94309


T + 1  (202) 285 – 9787


Luis Bergolla* is a lawyer qualified in the United States (NY, DC, and AZ) as well as in Venezuela and Spain. He is also a professor of practice at the University of Arizona College of Law and a doctoral candidate at Stanford Law School (SLS). At SLS, Luis researches and writes about international arbitration and the role of experts in international dispute resolution.

As member of Victoria Associates, Luis advises major corporate clients and international investors in litigation and arbitration disputes.

Before joining Victoria Associates, Luis was an Honors Student with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was Visiting Researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center.  At Georgetown, he developed his research interest on damages valuation and economic experts in international arbitration.

Luis Bergolla clerked for a state judge in Arizona and, prior to that, interned with the ICC International Court of Arbitration and with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.

Luis Bergolla is technically fluent in English and Spanish, and fully fluent in French and Italian.  He is conversant and can read and process technical texts in Portuguese.

*Not admitted in California.

Law Degrees

Abogado – Catholic University Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela 2005 (degree officially recognized by examination as equivalent to the Spanish Licenciatura en Derecho, 2013)

J.D. – University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona 2015

Post-graduation Qualification

LL.M. – University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 2009

J.S.M. – Stanford University, Stanford, California 2018

J.S.D. Candidate – Stanford University, Stanford, California 2022

Advanced training

Arbitration Academy – Certificate on International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Arbitration, Paris 2014

Practice of Law

Luis Bergolla* is a lawyer admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia (2018), New York (2016), Arizona (2016) (inactive), Madrid (2013) (inactive), and Venezuela (2007).


Stanford International Arbitration Association, current co-President and co-founder

Stanford Program in Law and Society, 2017-present


Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Fellow, Stanford University, 2019-20

Kleros Fellow in Law and Society, 2019

Carl Mason Franklin Award in International Law, Stanford Law School, 2017–2018

Stanford Program in International Studies Scholarship, Stanford Law School, 2017–2018

Law Fellow, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2015-16

Cátedra de Honor, Catholic University Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, Class of 2001


1. Update: An Introduction to Venezuelan Governmental Institutions and Primary Legal Sources (with Antonio Ramírez)

2. The Venezuela Awards: Arbitral Tribunals Should Not Rule Out Expropriation Risk, Response, 34 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 123 (2017).    

3. The Use of Comparative Law Methodology in Arbitration Awards, Ius Comparatum Journal, Vol. 1, Springer (forthcoming 2019) (with Dorothée Goertz).

Lectures & Other Speaking Engagements

1.The Civil Law Tradition and International Legal Education

Guest Lecturer in Professor Erik Jensen’s State-Building and the Rule of Law Seminar at Stanford Law School, November 2019

2. The Arbitrators’ Use of Comparative Law Methodology: A Qualitative Assessment of Selected ICSID, ICC and CAS Awards

Presentation, Sciences Po, Paris, October 2019

 3. Taxonomy of Investor-State Arbitration Cases Involving Party-Appointed Quantum Experts: An Empirical Study of ICSID Awards

Presentation at the Colloquium “Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators”, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Paris, September 2019

 4. Party-Appointed Quantum Experts: an Empirical Study of ICSID Awards Presentation, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law, April 2018

5. Byrne v. Boadle and Ybarra v. Spanguard and the Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur Lecture, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, November 2016

6. Rylands v. Fletcher and Strict Liability Arising from Abnormally Dangerous Activities Lecture, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, December 2015

 7. Taller de alto nivel sobre el acceso equitativo a la información pública: aspectos procesales, régimen de apelaciones y responsabilidad civil y penal

Panelist, Lima, Peru, May 2013




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