Ana María Palacio Valencia

  • Ana Maria Palacio Valencia

    PhD candidate

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Ana María Palacio is a doctoral Candidate at the Melbourne Law School. She researches across the field of international economic law with an interest on issues related to services trade governance.

Prior to joining Melbourne Law School she worked for several years at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism in Colombia providing legal advice on issues related to technical barriers to trade (TBTs) and services regulation. Moreover, she was part of the government team in several preferential trade agreements (PTAs) negotiated by Colombia and assisted in the implementation of PTAs. Ana María has undertaken consultancy work on the Pacific Alliance and services governance for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Think Tank of the Pacific Alliance within the Catholic University of Chile.

Ana María holds a Masters of Laws from the University of Melbourne, graduate diplomas in business law from Deakin University and Externado University and a Bachelor of Laws from EAFIT University in Colombia. She is the editor of the blog ‘Shaping the Pacific Alliance', which provides a platform for constructive discussions among different stakeholders on the progress and challenges of this integration scheme.

Thesis Title

The Pacific Alliance: Assessing the Institutional Framework and Designing Reforms for Long-Term Consolidation

Thesis Summary

Ana María’s doctoral thesis focuses on the Pacific Alliance (PA), a regional integration mechanism comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The thesis examines the institutional framework, ideological underpinnings and the institutional practices developing within the PA to assess the current model of governance and its suitability in supporting the aim for deeper integration. The thesis identifies shortfalls and provides insights on possible adjustments to the PA framework and foresees potential constraints for these changes to take place.


  • International Trade Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Latin American Regionalism
  • Colombian Law