He has advised multinationals and multilateral organizations, and increasingly, start-up tech companies. His practice is mainly focused in international contracts, M&A operations, investment, corporate governance, and alternative dispute resolution.

He has been a senior attorney at two top-tier firms in Bolivia, and an attorney for the country's leading electricity corporation, where he provided advice on regulatory and infrastructure matters.



  • Universidad Privada Boliviana, La Paz, Bachelor Degree in Law (Mention in International Law)
  • Instituto de Empresa (IE), Madrid – Spain, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Practice, and Business Diploma.
  • Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Post Graduate Certificate Degree in Higher Education

Scholarship and Research

  • Mr. Canelas has been a research scholar at UNIDROIT (Italy), and a fellow at IBA (United Kingdom), where he worked, respectively, in a project with IFAD and FAO in agricultural contracts, and in a project with UNODC and OECD in the combat against international corruption.

  • He is Professor of Private International Law at Catholic University, and has also been an alternate Professor in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Law of Obligations.

  • He has been the promoter and project author of a Post Graduate Certificate Programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Catholic University.

  • He has also taught at other Universities and Educational Institutions, such as Universidad Privada Domingo Savio, and Universidad Privada Tecnológica de Santa Cruz UTEPSA.

  • He has been invited as speaker and has co-produced several national and international seminars and workshops. In 2019, he acted as speaker at the XIII annual mMeeting of the American Association of Private International Law in Uruguay, where he spoke about blockchain technology in Bolivia, and its impact in the global circulation of public documents.

  • He has contributed in projects with several international organizations, such as OAS and the World Bank, and since 2018 has served as Evaluator in the annual ICC Moot Court Competition in The Hague.


Admissions and memberships

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Arbitration Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (CCI).
  • American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP)
  • International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) (Community of Practice on Legal Aspects of Contract Farming (CoP/LACF); member of the Alumni Association)


Main Publications

  • Bolivian perspectives on the Hague Principles, in Girsberger/Kadner Graziano/Neels (Eds.), Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts: Global Perspectives on the Hague Principles, Oxford, OUP (forthcoming)
  • Contributor as local expert in the Guide on the Law Applicable to International Commercial Contracts (OAS) (2018)
  • Recurrent Contributor in the Annual Report “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (World Bank)
  • Reporter for Oxford University Press at: Oxford Reports on International Law (International Human Rights Law case reporting service) <https://tinyurl.com/y2e26bg6>; <https://tinyurl.com/y6bfqufz>
  • “Bolivia and private international law: the importance of establishing a proper legal framework” (2017) 10(2) IBA Latin American Regional Forum <ttps://tinyurl.com/y9aysccf >
  • “Contract farming in Bolivia” (2017) 10(1) IBA Latin American Regional Forum <https://tinyurl.com/kcl3m6b>
  • “El marco legal de la lucha contra la corrupción internacional y el rol de la abogacía” (2016) 5 (Número Especial) Ensayos Jurídicos de la Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz 231
  • “Contract farming in Bolivia: an overview of law and practice” (2012) UNIDROIT/FAO <http://tinyurl.com/j9z6lvt>
  • Ocasional Columnist in the national press(La Razón, Página Siete, Los Tiempos)
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