Carlos López Contreras

Carlos López Contreras
Carlos López Contreras

Attorney at Law and Public Notary Senior

Mr. Contreras holds a law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Honduras as well as fom Spain’s prestigious Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1969. Ambassador López Contreras holds law degrees from Universidad Nacional de Honduras (UNAH) and La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Practice
Mr. Contreras specializes in Alternate Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Public and Private International Law, and Labor Law

Academic Posts
Professor of Law, University of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 1977-1979
Professor of Law, National University of Honduras, Honduras, 1981-1985

Continuing Legal Education, Professional Contributions, and Achievements
Mr. Contreras obtained, completed, or attended the following:
Diploma, Intensive Program on American and International Law, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, TX, 1976;Diploma, Upper-level and Intensive Program on the New Maritime Law, United Nations, South Pacific Commission and Diplomatic Academy of The Republic of Peru, Lima, Peru, 1980;
Program Aeronautical and Outer Space Law, 1982;
Privatization and Conversion of Debt for Capital Development Program for Guatemala, 1991;
Free Enterprise Initiative for the Central American Economic Community, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1991;
VI Round on Notary Public Law of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1991;
II Central American Convention of Private Enterprises, FEDEPRICAP, San Salvador, El Salvador, July 1992;
The First Inter-American Session of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fundación Libra, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 1993; and Study of Corporations for Globalization, INCAE (Central American Business Administration Institute), San Pedro Sula, Honduras, March 1997

Public Posts
Ambassador representing The Republic of Honduras in several posts in Europe, 1969-1976
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1979-1980
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1986-1989
Conciliator and Arbitrator for The Republic of Honduras to the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Present
Special Counsel, The Republic of Honduras’ Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Representative of Honduras to the International Court of Justice, 1980 to Present.
Special Advisor to the Honduran Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Economy of Republic of Honduras, Present

Career History
Founding Partner, Aczalaw-Abogados Centroamericanos Asociados, March 2002 to present
Partner, Bufete Internacional de Honduras, Tegucigalpa Office, 1981 to 2002
Director and Representative for The Republic of Honduras, to the Central American Bank for Economic Integration

Memberships
Member, Board of Directors, Central American Bank for Economic Integration, 1990-1991
Current Member, Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands
Current Member of the Hispanic-Portuguese-American Institute for International Law, El Escorial, Spain, since 2000.

Languages: Spanish, English, Italian and  French.

Admitted to the Bar in Honduras: 1974