José Alberro

Senior Advisor


  • Washington


    • University of Chicago, Ph.D.
    • University of Chicago, M.A. Chicago, M.A.

José Alberro coheads Cornerstone Research’s international arbitration and litigation practice. His expertise focuses on applied economic and financial modeling across a variety of industries, with particular depth in oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, consumer goods, industrial inputs, and telecommunications. He specializes in damages estimation in the context of international arbitration; mergers and antitrust; tariff design in network industries (electricity, natural gas transportation and distribution, water); and economic impact analysis.

Dr. Alberro has provided expert testimony on four continents, involving both investor-state and commercial disputes. He has testified in proceedings under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ECT, and ICC rules. He has been an expert in cases related to investments in oil and gas assets, mining, construction, sweeteners, alcoholic beverages, and port operations. Most recently, Dr. Alberro was chosen as a damages expert by the Costa Rican government in an ICSID arbitration.

He was the founding CEO and president of Pemex Gas, a large Mexican gas and liquids company, and served as Pemex’s chief representative during NAFTA negotiations. He has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Alberro taught at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. His research and analyses have been widely published, including in the GAR Guide to Damages in International Arbitration, the ICSID Review, the Journal of Damages in International Arbitration, and the International Arbitration Law Review. Dr. Alberro is named as one of the world’s leading expert witnesses and thought leaders by Who’s Who LegalFinancier Worldwide has recognized him as an exceptional expert and “power player” in the field of international arbitration.

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Mexican Academy of Sciences

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WWL: Arbitration Expert Witnesses 2023

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WWL Consulting Experts: Financial Advisory and Valuation – Quantum of Damages 2022

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2021 Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts


International Arbitration 2021 Power Players: Exceptional Experts – José Alberro

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Liability Yes; Damages No

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2019 Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts

  • “The Theory of Contestable Markets and Its Legacy in Antitrust Practice,” Economics Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Winter 2016
  • “Should Expropriation Risk Be Part of the Discount Rate?,” Journal of International Arbitration, 2016
  • “Controversial Topics in Damage Valuation,” International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration, 2015
  • “Going Concern’ as a Limiting Factor on Damages in Investor-State Arbitrations,” Journal of Damages in International Arbitration, 2015
  • “Role of the 1982 World Bank Guidelines on the Treatment of Foreign Direct Investment in the Valuation of Going Concerns and Non-Going Concerns,” Washington Arbitration Week, 2 December 2021
  • “Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators,” University Paris II Panthéon-Assas Colloquium, 26 September 2019
  • “Third Party Funding: Can It Be Regulated? Should It Be Regulated?,” Thirteenth Annual Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, 4 April 2019
  • “To Hot Tub or Not to Hot Tub?,” Twelfth Annual Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, 6 March 2018
  • “Damages Issues in Electricity-Related Arbitration: From Construction to Operation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution Assets,” Sixth Annual Damages in International Arbitration Conference, 30 November 2017
  • “Remedies in IP Investment Arbitration,” Eleventh Annual Juris Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference on Technology, IP, and Investor-State Arbitration, 25 April 2017
  • “Damages in International Arbitration,” Tenth Annual Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, 13 May 2016
  • “Analyzing Recent Arbitral Awards,” Fourth Annual Damages in International Arbitration Conference, 2 October 2015
  • “Lost on the Way to Chorzów: Have Arbitrators Just Been Paying Lip Service to the PCIJ’s Seminal Case in Their Damages Analyses?,” Ninth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, 26 February 2015