Joel R. Medina


+507 205-6016

Born in the Republic of Panama on February 22nd, 1950. 

Academic Instruction:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panama, (1973). Thesis: “La Excepción del Contrato no Cumplido”.

License Certificate1973

Experience: ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN, Partner since 1973.

Areas of Practice:  Maritime Law; Company Formation and Management; Corporate Law.

Public Offices:

  • Maritime Court, Alternate Judge, (1991 - 2000)
  • National Council for the Development of the Maritime Sector (CONDESMAR, for its acronym in Spanish). General Coordinator and Full Member (1992 – 1994).
  • Executive Branch
    • Member of the Drafting Committee of the Cabinet Decree N°33 of February 9th, 1990, whereby the Regional Offices of the Merchant Marine are created.
    • Maritime Labour Tripartite Commission, Main Member (1990 - 1994).
    • Drafting Commission of the Law which created the Maritime Courts and its procedural rules. Deputy member (1978 - 1982).

Academic Experience:  Nautical School of Panama, (1978 - 2000).

Memberships:  Member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law; Vice-President and President of the Association of Maritime Law (1986 – 1988); Member of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law; Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law; Full Member of the Maritime International Committee.

Publications: “Compilation of Merchant Marine Laws Regulation”, 1984.

Awards and Recognition:  Chamber and Partners Global, Chamber and Partners Latin-America.

Languages:  Spanish, English and Italian.

Hobbies and Activities: Bullfighting and horseback riding.


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