A practicing lawyer since 1992, Urquiola de Palacio is Managing Partner at Palacio y Asociados, Abogados; she has experience in civil (continental), European, international, and commercial law (among other functions, she was outside counsel of the Commercial Law division of Banco Central Hispanoamericano, S.A. from 1993 to 2001).
Mrs. Palacio’s experience in constitutional and human rights law (before the Spanish Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights) was recognized by her inclusion by the Government of Spain in its list of candidates for ad hoc judges of the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.
Mrs. Palacio is an arbitrator since 2006. She has participated in arbitration procedures before the Spanish Court of Arbitration, the Madrid Court of Arbitration and the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association. She is also an international arbitrator of the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (CIMA) and the Interamerican Commission on Commercial Arbitration (CIAC). She has participated in arbitrations in law and ex aequo et bono, as counsel –since 1993-, secretary, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and president of arbitral tribunals.
She has acted as a mediator in civil and commercial matters, and in September 2019 she requested to be included in the list of individual mediators set by the Ministry of Justice.
Since September 2019, she is the President of the Madrid Court of Arbitration (she was a member of the Plenary of the Court since September 2017) and the Madrid Business Mediation Centre, of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the Club Español del Arbitraje and President of CEA Mujeres. She is the President of the International Union of Lawyers’ (UIA) Commission on “The future of the lawyer”, representative of the UIA before the World Bank Group and the Global Forum on Law Justice and Development, as well as member of the UIA’s Governing Board. Mrs. Palacio is also Vice President of the Madrid Bar Association’s Institution Protecting the Orphans of the Legal Profession. She is a member of the Board of Directors and counsel of the Spanish Association of Friends of Castles.
Mrs. Palacio teaches at the Pontificial University of Comillas ICAI-ICADE in the Master of Access to the Legal Profession program, where she lectures on litigation before the European Court of Human Rights.
Until September 2019, Mrs. Palacio was President of the Arbitrator candidate Evaluation Committee of the Court of Arbitration of the Madrid Bar Association. Mrs. Palacio has also been a member of the Governing Board of the Madrid Bar Association and a member of the Inter-professional Union of Madrid. She has been a Member of the Board of the Madrid Council of Bar Associations for two terms and served as a member on the Committee of appeals. She has been a member, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Board of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law at the Complutense University. She was also a member of the Board of the Debate Club SIGLO XXI.
The Madrid Bar Association bestowed an honorary membership on Mrs. Palacio in recognition of her work as Counselor of the Council of the Madrid Bar Association and for her work in favor of the legal profession during her professional career.
Born in Madrid on 9 December 1967, she has a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. She studied at the Lycée Français de Madrid, obtaining both the Spanish and the French (major in economy) baccalaureates.
She is bilingual in French and has a high level of English and basic Italian.