Herman DUARTE, Founder

Herman M. Duarte lawyer arbitration costa rica



Speaking engagements. 

Speaker in over 60 law conferences addressing topics such as: international arbitration, psychological analysis of arbitration and LGBT rights; in 10 American countries (Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Uruguay and United States of America) and 4 European countries (France, Sweden, Norway and United Kingdom). Events organized by Harvard Law School, University of Cambridge, Stockholm University, University of Oslo, Sciences Po, Young ITA, Young ICCA, UPEACE, ICC-YAF, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad de El Salvador, Universidad de Buenos Aires, ULACIT, DENTONS, Universidad José Matias Delgado (PHD level), UTN, Costa Rican Young Arbitrators, Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM- Costa Rica, AMCHAM-LIMA and the General Attorney´s Office of the Republic of El Salvador.


Media Presence

Co-author of 5 books on procedural law, psychology applied to the law. Op-ed columnist (2011-present) with presence in Costa Rica and El Salvador, in 5 different publications with a total of over 55 publications ranging different subjects such as international arbitration, democracy, LGBT rights and anti-corruption. Several publications on law journals and magazines in USA, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Media presence in over 150 publications with stories featured by The Economist, The Local (Sweden), Yahoo News, Washington Blade, La República, La Nación, La Prensa Gráfica, El Diario de Hoy, among others.

I am a litigation lawyer with significant experience in the field of arbitration, human rights and molding public opinion in favor of the acceptance of LGBT+ population in Central America. Highly dynamic with strong organization skills, public relations and writing skills. On a personal note, I was born on March 1, 1988 with a double nationality of El Salvador and Switzerland and have permanent residence in Costa Rica.

I am the Founder HDuarte-LEX, a boutique arbitration and human rights law firm which offers a full range of legal services to help businesses grow and deal with their litigious aspects of their companies.  

In almost a decade of career, I have had the opportunity to work with arbitration teams under the complementary rules of ICSID, as well as in dozens of cases related to public and commercial law branch in judicial office in Costa Rica. Including commercial cases in national and international arbitrations in Costa Rica.

Feel free to reach out, I am always happy to help in solving problems or promoting high impact events on different topics such as the Rule of Law, Arbitration, Human Rights, Psychology Applied to the Law among other aspects. My email is 


2018 Chamber & Partners Inspirational Lawyer for Promoting Equal Opportunities of the LGBT Community
2018 Foreign Experts based in Costa Rica and El Salvador. Chambers & Partners, Global Guide
2017 TOP 50 OUTSTANDING LGBT+ Future Leaders List presented by the Financial Times
2017 Foreign Experts based in Costa Rica. Chambers & Partners, Global Guide
2017 Outstanding Alumni Award. Stockholm University ICAL ALUMNI Association
2016 Freedom of Speech Promoter award given by El Salvador oldest newspaper La Prensa Gráfica
2016 Top 60 most influential Salvadorans under 35, living abroad. “El País Que Viene”