Juan Pablo Hugues

Associate, Mexico City



Juan Pablo Hugues is member of our global international arbitration practice. His experience covers investment and international commercial arbitration. His practice has been concentrated in public international law. He has advised and represented sovereign and private entities in a wide range of international law matters, including foreign investment, energy and deep-sea mining, law of the sea and environmental law, as well as international security. He has also participated in several multilateral and bilateral negotiations concerning international dispute settlement, under the aegis of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Juan Pablo has studied in Singapore, France, the United States and Mexico, and has professional experience in the last two countries. This allows him to provide our clients with an effective and thorough understanding of transnational matters covering his areas of expertise and involving different legal systems and languages.

Juan Pablo is an Officer of the North American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a member of the Practitioners Group of UNCITRAL’s Working Work Group III on ISDS Reform. Before joining White & Case, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance of Public Credit of Mexico. He has taught public international law and international dispute settlement in multiple schools in Mexico, and was a member of the External Editorial Board on International Affairs of the Mexican Newspaper, Reforma.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
Harvard Law School
Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration
Escuela Libre de Derecho
Attorney at Law
Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE)


Participated in the successful representation of a Centro American entity in an international arbitration related to hydraulic plant.

Participation in representation of Latin American state in different investment arbitrations under BITs and FTAs.

Advised and represented Latin American state in drafting and negotiating arbitration clauses in international treaties and contracts of the energy market.

Advised Latin American country in state-state tax arbitration negotiations.

Advised Latin American state on matters concerning enforcement of arbitral awards and sovereign immunity against execution.

Advised Middle Eastern state in strategy before the UN to prosecute crimes against humanity committed by terrorist group.

Participated in drafting national legislation concerning implementation of UN individual sanctions, and advised Latin-American State in the implementation of such sanctions, as well as counter-terrorism strategies and legislation.

Collaborated with Latin-American state in negotiation of convention on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, as well as historical negotiation of maritime boundaries, and advised state with respect to territorial disputes.

*Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Hugues prior to his joining White & Case, S.C.

Speaking Engagements

States' regulatory sovereignty vs. international investment law, October 2019, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala, International Panelist.

Investment Arbitration: Mechanism of Legitimate Protection of Foreign Investment or Instrument of Pressure of Great Private Interests?, May 2019, Harvard Law Association in Mexico and CIDE Law School, Mexico.

Climate Change and International Arbitration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 2019: Mexico, Panelist with Rafael Llano.

Creating the Elusive Practice-ready Attorney, IBA Annual Meeting, October 2018 : Rome, Italy, Panelist.


A Domestic Threat to an International Promise? Reflecting on International Trade after President Trump's election and Brexit, 8 IBA NEWSLETTER 2, (2017).

Breaking Down or Building Up Walls? The Future of International Trade, IBA, Dec. 22, 2017.

El recuento de los daños: Compensación, Intereses y Costas del Arbitraje Inversionista-Estado del TLCAN. La Experiencia Mexicana, IX REV. ARB. COM. INV. 1 (2016) (with Jimena Moreno).

Mitos y realidades del arbitraje inversionista-Estado del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte: La Experiencia Mexicana, 31 ICSID REV. 147 (2016) (with Jimena Moreno).

Where do we Stand? Where Should we go? An Assessment of Recent Costs Allocation Trends in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, TDM 6 (2015).

Argentina, Vulture Funds and a Sovereign Debt Convention, NYU LAW TRANSSNT'L NOTES (Jul. 2015) (with Manuel Jordán).

The Legal Value of Prior Steps to Arbitration in International Law of Foreign Investment: Two (Different?) Approaches, One Outcome, XV AN. MEX. DER. INT. 449 (2015).

Awards and Recognition

IBA Scholar, IBA Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2017, International Bar Association

ILA Scholar. ILA Biennial Meeting, Johannesburg, 2016, International Law Association

2014 y 2016 GWU - ASIL Scholar, 2014 & 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting, George Washington University - American Society of International Law

Member of Mexican Delegation of G20 Youth Summit, China, 2016, Mexican Government

Emer de Vattel Scholar, Public International Law Summer Course of the Hague Academy of International Law, 2016, Hague Academy of International Law/Government of Switzerland

Winner, Student Paper Competition, 2011, North American Consortium on Legal Education