Ambassador Carlos Ruiz-Hernandez coordinates the work of the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy LLP in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the firm’s high-level engagements in the Americas related to international investment arbitration, commercial arbitration, and trade disputes, including disputes administered under International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICRD), and International Criminal Court (ICC) rules. A native of Tierras Altas in Chiriquí, Panama, Ambassador Ruiz-Hernandez served as ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the United Nations, where he was in charge of implementing Panama’s sustainable development strategies and executing Panama’s foreign policy in various international fora. Recently, he was an adviser on the international public policy portfolio of the New York Bar Association in New York City. In academia, Ambassador Ruiz-Hernandez focuses on U.S. grand strategy and military security in Latin America, particularly in regard to China. He was a researcher and assistant lecturer on American foreign policy and transatlantic relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies under Dr. Piero Gleijeses. He holds two LLMs from Tulane University (in maritime law and energy/environmental law); a master's in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University; a master’s in public policy and international economics from the University of Chicago (on leave); and an LLB from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama. Previously, he lived in Brussels, Paris, New York, and Geneva.