Specialist in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution; advising national and international businesses.

René Irra is an expert in court proceedings and international arbitrations carried out under institutional and ad hoc rules, acting as lawyer, arbitrator and expert in Mexican law in proceedings outside of Mexico. His expertise also covers sectors such as M&A, foreign investment, international trade, investor-state dispute settlement, energy (electricity, oil and gas), construction and infrastructures, real estate, logistics, transport, port activities, health, sports, and leisure and entertainment.

He is deputy chair of the Mexican Society of Construction Law.

Previously, he was regional coordinator for Latin America in the International Chamber of Commerce's Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) and chair of the ICC’s Young Arbitrators Committee in Mexico.

He is a guest lecturer of foreign investment and investment arbitration at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, in the dual degree master with Universidad de Monterrey. He regularly gives seminars as part of the Diploma in Business Arbitration, the Diploma in Letters of Credit and Financing and the Diploma in International Business, organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Mexico.

He lectured on arbitration and international law in the postgraduate course in law at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

He has written articles on arbitration and international trade published in Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

He regularly participates as a panelist at international arbitration conferences.


  • Master of Laws (with honors)
    Universidad de Estudios de Posgrado en Derecho, Mexico

    Master in Arbitration and International Trade
    Université de Versailles, Paris

    Bachelor of Laws (with meritorious academic achievement)
    Universidad La Salle, Mexico

    Specialization course in commercial law (with honors)
    Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

    Eighteenth Diploma in International Business Arbitration
    Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City

    Attended Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America
    International Chamber of Commerce

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