Marco de Benito has been practicing international arbitration since 2002, first at Uría Menéndez (2002-2011), then as of counsel at Moscardó (2011-2018) and now as an independent arbitrator.

Marco has been elected by Global Arbitration Review-Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration for three years in a row (2017, 2018 and 2019). He has acted both as arbitrator and counsel in the M&A, distribution, financial, construction, energy and infrastructure sectors in Paris, London, Geneva, Milan, Madrid and Miami, under the ICC, UNCITRAL, Swiss and Milan Rules, as well as the rules of the Spain and Madrid arbitral courts, applying Spanish, Italian and Austrian law. He has obtained landmark awards based on general principles of law and lex mercatoria.

Marco is a tenured Associate Professor of Procedural Law at IE University, where he also teaches International Arbitration, European Legal History and Contracts. He earned his doctorate (summa cum laude) from Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid) in 2010. During his doctoral studies he spent a year at Yale Law School, where he co-chaired the Yale Forum on International Law and was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He was also a guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

Since then, he has taught, spoken or done research at universities such as Harvard, FIU, Maastricht, Tilburg, Bonn, Bologna, Florence, Pavia, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Peking and a number of Latin American schools, from Mexico to Argentina, including UP, Libre de México, Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, PUCP in Perú and Austral in Argentina.

He has authored critically acclaimed monographs on arbitration agreements and European justice systems, co-authored a handbook on European legal history and coordinated two collective works on international arbitration. Some of his publications can be accessed on
He headed the Jean Monnet Module “Towards a Common Private Law of Europe” and advised the Spanish Congress and the Argentine government on the reform of their respective laws on arbitration.
Since 2015 he is a member of the Procedural Law Board of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.
He is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, has a good knowledge of German and can read French and Portuguese.