Javier Franco is an attorney-at-law who graduated from the Externado University with a postgraduate degree in maritime law and an LLM (distinction) in international commercial and maritime law from the University of Wales in Swansea, UK.

He is an arbitrator (B list) of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce in the fields of transport and commercial law. He is also a member of the standing young committee of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), a member of the board of the Colombian Association of Maritime Law (ACOLDEMAR) and a member of the Colombian branch of the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law (IIDM).

He has relevant experience in local and international law firms dealing with issues in the fields of commercial law, transportation law, shipping law, contract law, logistics, insurance and port matters. He is the author of many different articles on the subject of transportation law and maritime law and of the book Legal Aspects of Logistics and Logistics Contracts. Currently he is a partner at Franco & Abogados Asociados and is acting as a lecturer in transportation law and maritime law at the Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia.