Francisco Chacon (Costa Rica) obtained his law degree at the Universidad de Costa Rica in 1985 and a LLM at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1988. He served as vice-Minister of Foreign Trade (1994-1997) where he accomplished a major institutional reform in the foreign trade sector and led the process of having both the Uruguay Round Trade Agreements and the Costa Rica-México Free Trade Agreement duly enacted and implemented.
When he left the Ministry, he became a partner at Odio & Raven, where he practiced mainly economic public law, particularly in the international trade and foreign investment fields. He also served as an expert witness in international arbitration proceedings and advised local and foreign governments, as well as international organizations, on trade policy, foreign investment and legal matters.
In 2010, he was elected congressman before the Legislative Assembly and chaired the Committee of International Affairs and Foreign Trade. As such, he promoted the approval of the Free Trade Agreements with China, Singapore and Peru, and the International Arbitration Law, among other major economic regulatory legislation. In 2012 he was appointed Minister of Communication and Institutional Coordination, in charge of designing and implementing programs to promote the government’s agenda and policies before the media and the general public.
After leaving office in 2013, he returned to his private practice as a partner at Zurcher Odio & Raven and leads the International Trade and Foreign Investment Practice Group. He has been professor of International Trade Regulations and Administrative Law at the Universidad de Costa Rica (1988-1994) and of Legal and Economic Aspects of International Trade at Lead University (2016).