Nuria Gonzalez-Martin 2018-10-18T17:03:22+00:00

Nuria Gonzalez-Martin

Senior Fellow – Mexico

Nuria Gonzalez-Martin is a private international law professor and international family mediator. As part of her ongoing comparative research in cross-border child abduction and protection issues, she is working to expand the use of ADR, as well as Online Dispute Resolution, for use in international family law cases. 

About Nuria Gonzalez-Martin

Dr. Nuria Gonzalez-Martin is a family, civil and commercial mediator, certified by Mexico City’s Supreme Court, as well as a professor and senior researcher at the Law Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (since 1996).

As part of her ongoing comparative research in cross-border child abduction and protection issues, she is working to expand the use of ADR, as well as Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), for use in international family law cases. She is an advocate for the implementation of a group of highly trained and specialized international family mediators, who are bilingual and bicultural, in order to be truly effective in cross-border family cases.

She leads the efforts for the creation of a bi-national mediation program between Mexico and the United States for cases involving international parental child abduction and participated in a training event organized by the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She was a speaker at the II International Family Mediation Training, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. in 2015. She has organized and held conference events, which have included the participation of central authorities from Mexico and the US, including the State Department and the California Attorney General´s Office. The most recent was held in April 2018 at Stanford School of Law.

Dr. Gonzalez- Martin’s mediations are characterized by true empathy and rapport with the parties and their attorneys. She is committed to the implementation of a culture of peace.

Litigation Experience

Dr. Gonzalez-Martin earned the position of reserve judge at Sanlucar La Mayor, Seville, Spain through public competition and merit examinations, as published in the “Boletin Oficial del Estado” (Spanish Government official newsletter) on February 3, 1994.  She held this position through 1995, participating in multiple civil and penal cases.

Mediation Practice

  • Dr. Gonzalez-Martin, as a counselor to the Mexican Foreign Affair Ministry, has led mediations in a number of cases of international parental-child abductions involving the Mexican Central Authority, leading to a number of agreements in this field.
  • She has mediated multiple local family, civil and commercial cases in Mexico City.
  • In California, she has participated in the Palo Alto Mediation Program as an active member.
ADR Achievements and Training

  • Visiting Scholar and Visiting Fellow, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School (2012-2013/2015-2018) and CISAC, Stanford University (2014-2015)
  • Dr. Gonzalez-Martin held the first certification and training program for family mediators at the Alternative Justice Center in the State of Hidalgo, with the state Public Mediators, from September 26th to 30th, 2016, sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico –UNAM- and the Superior Court of Hidalgo. Similar programs are currently being developed for the States of Mexico and Baja California.
  • She has continually worked directly as an Observer at The Hague, Netherlands Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions, June 2011- January 2012 (Sixth Special Commission) and in October 2017 (Seventh Special Commission).
  • At the International Social Service (ISS) she has participated in a number of activities.
  • Awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2015)
  • She has been part of the Experts Group on Recognition and Enforcement of Voluntary Cross-border Agreements in International Child Disputes at The Hague Conference of Private International Law, The Hague, Netherlands (December 2013)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Dr. Gonzalez-Martin has been a mediation trainer and conducted numerous mediation trainings and workshops for Senior Lawyers of the Supreme Court and Judges and Lawyers of the State High Courts and District Courts of Mexico
  • She currently conducts a number of formation activities such as:
  • Mediation training to increase the pool of private mediators, particularly in Mexico City
  • Mediation advocacy workshops for lawyers
  • Mediation courses for the students of several law schools in Mexico

Publications and Education


Dr. Gonzalez Martin has written a number of articles on family law and mediation, among the most recent:

“Chapter on Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Family Law” in Stark, Barbara y Heaton, Jacqueline (co-edits) Routledge Handbook of International Family Law, University of South Africa, 2018 (forthcoming)

“A Description of Mediation in Mexico,” Mexican Law Review, 2018, (forthcoming)

“Relatoría de la séptima reunión de la comisión especial sobre el funcionamiento práctico del Convenio de La Haya de 25 de octubre de 1980 sobre los aspectos civiles de la sustracción internacional de menores y del Convenio de La Haya de 19 de octubre de 1996 relativo a la competencia, la ley aplicable, el reconocimiento, la ejecución y la cooperación en materia de responsabilidad parental y de medidas de protección de los niños, en La Haya, Holanda, 10-17 octubre de 2017” in Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional, 2018, (forthcoming)

“Mexico-US Cross-Border Family Mediation: Legal Issues in Mexico,” Mexican Law Review, enero-junio 2017, pp. 129-139. .file:///C:/Users/ltellez/Downloads/10778-13394-1-PB.pdf

“Familia internacional, separaciones e hijos: ¿sustracción como botín de guerra o amor incondicional?” “El acceso a la justicia en los litigios internacionales,” ASADIP-CEDEP- Mizrachi Pujol, Paraguay, 2015, pp. 391-416. ISBN 978-99967-657-9-7, published too at Amaral, Alberto Jr Do and Klein Vieira, Luciane (Coords.), El derecho internacional privado y sus desafios en la actualidad, Colombia, Edit. Ibanez, 2016, pp. 661-688. ISBN 978-958-741-433-4.

“Towards the Uniform Application of Party Autonomy for choice of law in International Commercial Contracts” with Maria Mercedes Albornoz, Journal of Private International, December 2016, DOI: 10.1080/17441048.2016.1234812

“Comentario del Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, con respecto del Amparo en Revisión 150/2013 relativo a la Convención sobre los aspectos civiles de la sustracción internacional de menores. No vulnera los derechos fundamentales de audiencia y de acceso a la justicia,” Serie  Decisiones relevantes de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, Jurisprudencia, núm. 83, México, IIJ-UNAM, 2015, 103 pp.

“Non Exceptional Exceptions: The latest on The United State of America and Mexico Supreme Courts’ Hague Abduction Decisions,” (Lozano and Direct Amparo under Revision 903/2014)” Spanish Yearbook of International Law, vol. 19, 2015, 23-33 pp.

“Datos para la reflexión: ¿Por qué mediar casos de sustracción internacional de menores entre México y Estados Uniods de América,” Carbonell, Miguel and Cruz Barney, Óscar (Coords.), Historia y Constitucion. Homenaje a José Luís Soberanes Fernández, Tomo I, México, IIJ-UNAM, 2015, pp. 227-246.  ISBN 978-607-02-7709-2,  and in  Bagni,, Silvia; Figueroa Mejía, Giovanni A.; Pavani, Georgia (Coords,) La ciencia del derecho constitucional comparado, Estudios en homenajea a Lucio Pegoraro, México-Italia, 2016 (forthcoming).

“Sustracción internacional parental de menores y mediación. Dos casos para la reflexión: México” (Amparo Directo en Revisión 903/2014) y los Estados Unidos de América (Lozano v Montoya Álvarez) en Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales, REEI Spain, núm. 29, Junio 2015

“Mediation in Cases of International Child Abduction by one of the Parents and Voluntary Cross-Border Agreements in International Child Abduction Disputes: Mexican Case,” Boletín Mexicano de Derecho Comparado, nueva serie, año XLVII, vol. 141, Septiembre-Diciembre  de 2014, 867-908 pp.

“Mexico and Civil, Family and Commercial Mediation: a Search for Complementary Routes to the State Courts.” in Esplugues, Carlos and Marquis, L. (eds.), New Developments in Civil and Commercial Mediation. Ius Comparatum- Global Studies in Comparative Law 6, Springer International Publishing AG., 2014.  ISBN 978-3-319-18135-6_16.

“Comercio electrónico, Online Dispute Resolution y Desarrollo” en coautoría María Mercedes Albornoz, Revista de Derecho, Comunicaciones y Nuevas Tecnologías, Colombia, núm. 12, Julio-Diciembre 2014, pp. 1-21, ISNN 1909-7786

“Some Approaches around Recognition and Enforcement of Voluntary Cross-Border Agreements in International Child Disputes: Mexican Case,” Moreno Rodríguez, José Antonio y Lima Marques, Claudia (Coords.) Los servicios en el derecho internacional privado y el derecho internacional privado como servicio”, Universidad Federal Rio Grande do Sul- CEDEP, Brasil, 2014, pp. 525-562.

“International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation,” Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional, vol. XV, 2015, pp. 353-412. 

“Feasibility Analysis of Online Dispute Resolution in Developing Countries” co-authored with Albornoz, María Mercedes, The University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, vol. 44, Issue 2, winter/spring 2013.

“Online Dispute Resolution in Latin America and Emerging Countries,” co-authored with Mercedes Albornoz, ACResolution Magazine, USA, Vol. 12, Issue 3, Summer 2013.

“Private International Law in Latin America: from Hard to Soft Law,” Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional, México, vol. XI, 2011, pp. 393-405, ISNN 1870-4654.

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Law cum laude, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain (2003)
  • Master’s in Law, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain (1995)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain (1991)

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