Andrea Saldarriaga is a civil law and international lawyer with extensive experience in investment law, international arbitration and sustainable development. As an associate with various law firms including with 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.
In 2007, Andrea launched her independent practice. Since then, she has acted as arbitrator in commercial cases, collaborated with prominent arbitrators in investment cases and worked on a range of collaborative initiatives with international organisations, non-for profit and academic institutions on investment, corruption, human rights, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. She also collaborated with the work of John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, as part of the group of experts that advised him on investment. She participated in the consultation process and provided advice in the preparation of the paper entitled "Principles for responsible contracts", an addendum to the report presented by the SR to the Human Rights Council on June 2011.
Andrea is currently acting as Project Lead for the Investment and Human Rights project at the London School of Economics. She is also a fellow with the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and functions as ambassador for the promotion of the UNCTAD Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development.
Andrea teaches international arbitration and investment law at University Paris X Nanterre and ESSEC Business School in Paris.
She has also lectured in various universities and has taken part in numerous seminars and conferences in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Andrea was for almost seven years the international editorial coordinator for Revista Internacional de Arbitraje - a Spanish-language review distributed in Latin America - and she publishes regularly in her areas of expertise.