Paula Arias

Director, International Moot Court Program & Lecturer in Law

J.D. 2009, University of Miami School of Law
J.D. 2003, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Phone: (305)284-1154
Office: A316B

Paula Arias, director of the International Moot Court Program and lecturer in law, was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. Arias graduated from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia in 2003, where she obtained a Juris Doctor equivalent degree. Her graduation thesis was entitled "Ineffectiveness of the principle of distinction in a war of guerrillas" based on her experiences as a volunteer with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia.

During her professional career, Arias focused on Colombian Civil Procedure, and practiced law in different areas such as banking law, property law, labor law, construction law, and civil rights violations.

She started at Miami Law in 2007 as a student in the Comparative LL.M. program, transferred to the J.D. program, and graduated on 2009. During the academic year of 2009 to 2010, Arias joined the school as Visiting Assistant Professor and taught Dispute Resolution in Latin America in the fall and Human Rights in Times of War in the spring. Arias, currently teaches a workshop on international litigation and arbitration skills, and continues teaching Dispute Resolution in Latin America.


Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: A Model for a New Judicial System?, 2020(3) Revista Internacional Jurídica y Empresarial 81 (2020).

Narcotraffic as Connected Political Crime in Colombia: The FARC Case, with Andrea Mateus-Rugeles, 51 U. Miami Inter-American L. Rev. 1 (2020).

Colombia, in Discovery Across the Globe: Obtaining Evidence Abroad to Support U.S. Proceedings (Brett Harrison, Gavin Foggo & Jorge A. Mestre eds.) 67 (2020).

Judicial Intervention and Arbitral Awards: Expanding Human Rights Protections to International Arbitration in the Context of Enforcement Proceedings, with Jessica Sblendorio, 2 Transnat'l Disp. J. (2019).

Autonomia del Arbitraje Internacional de Impuestos: Disputas Transnacionales, Mecanismos Alternativos de Solucion de Conflictos, with María Fernanda Vásquez Palma , 239 (2018).


Artificial Intelligence in Arbitration. Artificial Intelligence from Arbitration Webinar Series. Hosted by ICC Costa Rica and Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid. (January 2021)

Transparency in Investor State Arbitration & United Nations Convention. UNCITRAL Day in Honduras Conference at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, and sponsored by UNICTRAL. (November 2020).

International Liability Legal Framework in light of the UN activities. “Cholera in Haiti and UN liability Panel” during the Spring ABA meeting. Civil and Social Justice Section. Miami, Florida. (February 2017) 

BiFurcation in Arbitration. International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum. Montevideo, Uruguay. (September 2016)

Taking of Evidence Abroad: Colombia Perspective. ABA Annual Meeting, Litigation Section. San Francisco, California (August 2016)

Mediation as prerequisite to access the judicial system: the USA perspective during the International Commercial Mediation Seminar at the University of los Andes, Santiago de Chile. Chile. (November 2015)

The academia as a path in international arbitration career during the “Profesional Perspectives in international Arbitration Panel” organized by Club Espanol de Arbitraje. Madrid, Spain. (April 2015)

Framework and perspective of the Fundamental Right of Speech under the Colombia Constitutional System and the InterAmerican Human Rights System during  the "Freedom of Expression: a comparative approach Panel" at the University of Miami, School of Law.  Miami, Florida (February 2014)

State Liability under the InterAmerican System of Human Rights during the Human Rights Colloquium at the the University of Miami, School of law. Miami, Florida. (January 2012)






Phone: (305)284-1154
Office: A316B

Area of Expertise

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution