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Daniela Cala

Daniela Cala
Daniela Cala

Daniela Cala joined the J.S.D. Program at Cornell Law School in August 2018. Daniela is from Colombia and she specializes in international arbitration and public international law. Her research explores the interaction between international investment law and public international law and the tensions created by such interactions, specifically in relation to the fair and equitable treatment standard, the regulatory space granted to States and the internationalization of investment contracts.

Daniela obtained her LL.M. at Cornell Law School with a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship granted by the Colombian government. During her time as an LL.M. student, she served as the LL.M. representative for the Latino American Law School Association and for the Cornell Association of Law and Economics, and participated in the Human Rights Clinic. She also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Laura Spitz. She holds a Law degree and an Economics degree (B.A.) from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Before joining Cornell, Daniela worked as an associate at Baker McKenzie and served as a teaching assistant at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

Recently, she worked for the international arbitration team of Herbert Smith Freehills in London and, over the last year, she was an intern with the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for which she was awarded the Berger Summer Fellowship.

She is currently part of the DELOS Oral Advocacy Program on oral advocacy and cross-examination.

Daniela is admitted to practice in Colombia and New York.


Muna B. Ndulo (Chair)

Jens David Ohlin

Odette Lineau


Peacock, N, and Cala, P. “8 Ukrainian Arbitration Claims In The Wake Of Crimea Events”. Law 360, 11 June 2019.

Benavides, C., Mejia, C., and Cala, D. “Colombia” in Baker McKenzie. The Baker McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook. 10th Anniversary Edition 2016-2017.

Pardo, C., Castillo S. and Cala, D. “Colombia” in Baker & McKenzie. 2017 Surveillance Law Comparison Guide.

Cala, P. et al, “Colombia: un reto para la justicia transicional”. Revista de Derecho Público de la Universidad de los Andes, Issue 34.


Berger Summer Fellowship (2019)

Cornell Graduate Legal Studies Law Fellowship (2018)

CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the Cornell Research Colloquium (Fall, 2017)

Full tuition scholarship (merit based) granted by the Colombian government as one of Colombia’s best graduate students (2017)

Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellowship (2017)


International Dispute Resolution

International Arbitration

Public International Law




J.S.D. Candidate, Cornell Law School

LL.M., Cornell Law School, 2018

LL.M. in International Law, Candidate, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

M.A. Economics, Candidate, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

B.A., Economics, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), 2015

LL.B., Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), 2015