UCL Faculty of Laws


Julio-Cesar Betancourt – LLM 2009

Julio Cesar

I am a qualified lawyer with particular expertise in court and arbitral proceedings. Hence, I decided to undertake UCL's LLM programme in International Business Law, specialising in alternative dispute resolution, dispute resolution and conflict management, and international arbitration. I have especially vivid memories of Professor Hazel Genn’s lectures. They were interesting, inspirational and intellectually stimulating.

The reason why I chose UCL Laws is twofold: UCL’s position in the world university rankings and its wide array of modules of study on non-court dispute resolution.

After completing the LLM in 2009, I decided to pursue doctoral studies in the field of international commercial arbitration, which I have recently completed attaining the highest academic distinction. I have held visiting positions — whether as an academic, guest speaker or researcher — at the University of Oxford’s Commercial Law Centre (Harris Manchester College); King’s College London; Queen Mary University of London; University of Salamanca, among others. I authored ‘El Contrato de Arbitraje Internacional’ (Tirant lo Blanch 2018) and edited several books, including ‘Defining Issues in International Arbitration’ (Oxford University Press 2016).

My time at UCL law was, without a doubt, crucial to my career path, mainly because I am fully devoted to the area of non-court dispute resolutions mechanisms (in general) and international commercial arbitration (in particular).

UCL is one of the world's leading universities. If you are fortunate enough to get an offer, you will be expected to work hard, but the rewards are high.