Manuel Casas

Senior Associate


Manuel Casas is a senior associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and is a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. He also works on WTO dispute settlement matters and has experience with Mercosur issues.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Casas worked as a Law Clerk (U.T.) at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Before that, he was an associate at a leading law firm in Venezuela, where he represented clients in cases under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules and in domestic disputes involving administrative and constitutional law.

Mr. Casas taught public law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas between 2012-2014. 

Publications & News


January 5, 2018

When the Bell Doesn't Save You: Favianca and Jurisdiction After ICSID Denunciation

Manuel Cases analyzes the recent ICSID Award in Favianca v. Venezuela and, more broadly, addresses the issue of international claims filed after a State has denounced a treaty but before that denunciation has become effective.

April 10, 2017

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas, in this article published by Lexis®PSL Arbitration, consider the US District Court's decision in Crystallex v. Venezuela to uphold the $1.2b damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential approach to reviewing arbitral awards.

December 5, 2016

ICC Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration

On 9 November 2016, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR published a report of a two-year study by the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration that examined the use of both international commercial and investor-state arbitration by financial institutions in a wide range of activities. Steven Finizio, Manuel Casas, Jonathan Lim, and Rina See consider the ICC's report and summarize the Task Force's findings and recommendations in this article published by Lexis®PSL Arbitration.

September 5, 2016

Nationalities of Convenience, Personal Jurisdiction, and Access to Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Manuel Casas addresses the controversial issue of nationalities of convenience in the controversial field of Investor-State Dispute-Settlement in this article published by the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 63-127.

June 9, 2016

Investment Arbitration and Abuse of Rights: Is Private International Law the Solution?

Manuel Casas explains that abuse of rights is usually applied in cases involving the validity of ascriptions of nationality, which can better be solved through the proper determination of the applicable law, in this article published by Arbitraje. Reviste de Arbitraje Comercial y de Inversion, Vol. 9, No. 2.

January 11, 2016

Granier v. Venezuela: Deviation of Power and Media Pluralism

Manuel Casas examines the Inter-American Court of Human Rights judgment on whether Venezuela's refusal to renew TV broadcasting license violated the right to freedom of expression under the American Convention in this article published by the American Journal of International Law, Vol. 110, No. 1, pp. 109-115.


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LLM, Yale Law School, 2015, William T. Ketcham Jr. Prize

LLM, summa cum laude, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello Law School, 2013

LLB, summa cum laude, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello Law School, 2011

Bar Admissions


New York






H.E. Julia Sebutinde, International Court of Justice (U.T.), 2015 - 2016

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