Dyalá Jiménez is a Costa Rican national and specializes in international arbitration. She is frequently appointed as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, both in commercial and investor-State disputes. She is a member of the ICSID panel of conciliators and arbitrators for Costa Rica.
Dyalá worked in Shearman & Sterlin’s Paris office and at the International Chamber of Commerce for seven years. She also worked in two law firms in Santiago, Chile and in 2011 set up DJ Arbitraje. Who’s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners has highlighted her work.
She is author of numerous publications (visit www.djarbitraje.com) and has taught in Lead University in Costa Rica in 2017, as well as Universidad de Chile and the Heidelberg/Universidad de Chile LLM Programme in Chile, from 2004 to 2013. Dyalá is a founding member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB). She served as co-editor-in-chief of the ICC Bulletin and Vice President of the ICC ADR and Arbitration Commission briefly before her appointment as Minister in the Costa Rican government.
From July 2018 to August 2020, Dyalá served as Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and in such capacity was in charge of public policy on exports and foreign direct investment, as well as representing Costa Rica before the World Trade Organization. In that role, she also led the country's efforts to become the 38th member of the Organization for Cooperation and Development OECD, which included passing 14 laws and undertaking a series of administrative and political reforms. In addition, as minister she chaired the Board of Directors of the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute.
Dyalá works in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.