Isabella Bellera Landa

Associate, Washington, DC



Isabella is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration Practice and Commercial Litigation groups. She represents and advises private companies, foreign sovereigns, and state entities in the resolution of international disputes. She has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as in litigation in US federal district and appellate courts.

Isabella has experience in disputes in a wide range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, textiles, and sovereign debt. A native of Venezuela, Isabella is multilingual in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Her dual training and experience in civil and common law jurisdictions allow her to understand the differences between various legal systems and structure advice accordingly. She is also actively involved in pro bono matters at the Firm.

During law school, Isabella assisted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking in drafting the Basic Principles on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Trafficked Persons through her law school's International Human Rights Clinic.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar
Authorized to practice law in Venezuela
Duke University School of Law
Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law
Abogado, Universidad de Carabobo


Bursel Tekstil and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. major construction dispute (ICC)
Representing Grupo Unidos Por el Canal S.A. (GUPC) and its European partners in multiple ICC arbitrations with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the Panama Canal expansion project.

Road Fund under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Representing the Road Fund in an ICC arbitration involving a road construction project.

Spentex Netherlands, B.V. v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Netherlands-Uzbekistan Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry in which the claims of the investor were dismissed in their entirety.

Abaclat and others v. Argentine Republic
Representing tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine sovereign bonds in an ICSID arbitration under the Italy-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty. The bondholders received a substantial settlement in resolution of all of their claims.


Are the Right Rights Protected? The Literalist Approach to Determining Protected Rights in International Investment Agreements in INVESTMENT TREATY ARBITRATION AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 3 Vol 9 (2016) (with Matthew N. Drossos and Suyash Paliwal).

Awards and Recognition

Duke Law Clinics International Advocacy Award, 2014