David Arias



  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Ph.D, with Honours, 1993)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (B.A. in Law, with Honours, 1991)

Bar Admission:

  • Madrid Bar Association, 1991


  • Spanish
  • English
  • French

David Arias


David is partner in Arias SLP. He has served as arbitrator and counsel in more than 100 cases in venues across Europe, America and Africa, and he regularly participates in proceedings administered by the main arbitration institutions (ICC, PCA, LCIA, ICDR and SCC, among others).

He also has extensive experience as counsel in complex commercial litigation.

David was Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee between 2016 and 2017. Previously, he also chaired its Subcommittee on Conflicts of Interest, which published the 2014 IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. Additionally, he helped draft the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. From 2013 to 2017, he was President of the Club Español del Arbitraje, of which he is currently Honorary President.

David is a Professor of Procedural Law and Arbitration. He obtained both his BA in Law, with Honours, and his PhD, also with Honours, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was admitted to the Madrid Bar in 1991.

He is also a member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, Arbitration Commission (Spanish ICC Committee), ICC Institute of World Business Law, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB), International Law Association (ILA), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Club of Arbitrators of Milan Chamber of Arbitration and the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).

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