Fernanda Garza Magdaleno was born in Mexico City (January 14, 1982). She obtained her Degree in Law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in 2006 (Professional Thesis awarded with "Honors"). She also obtained a Diploma in International Commerical Arbitration in 2007 from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 2007.
She began practice in international trade law and international commercial arbitration by working in Mexican law firms first as undergraduate intern and then as associate lawyer (formerly in Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía., S.C. from 2003 to 2007, and currently at Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa, S.C.,).
During her undergraduate studies at Mexico, Fernanda Garza participated in the "Human Rights Moot Court Competition" (Washington, D.C., 2004), and the Moot Court Competition on WTO Law in 2005. In this last competition she won 1st place in the Latin-American round (Santo Domingo, 2005) and 11th place in the Final international round (Geneva, 2005). After obtaining her Law Degree she continued participating in the Moot Court Competitions serving as Judge in the annual international arbitration competition organized by the Arbitration Centre of Mexico ("Centro de Arbitraje de México") (January, 2008) and in the "XIII-Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition", American University, Washington D.C (May, 2008), and as Coach of the Mexican team of the "Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México" in the "XIII-Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition", American University, Washington D.C. (May, 2008).
She is also interested in reseach and has several publications in the areas of international trade law and international commercial arbitration. Her books and chapters in edited volumes include: "The WTO and the developing countries trade rules", (México, Porrúa, 2006); "Commercial rules for developing countries" in the book "Selected topics of WTO Law" (London, Cameron May, 2008) (forthcoming), and "International Commercial Arbitration in Mexico" in "Arbitration in Latin-America", (Lima, Palestra, 2009). Academic articles: "Critic to the jurisprudence that sustain that the indirect amparo lawsuit is the mean to contest a final resolution in a an execution or nullity process of a commercial award", Coauthor Daniel Amézquita Díaz, PAUTA Journal, Informative Bulletin of the Mexican Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, A.C., number 53, 2007; "Analysis of the expiration of the Peace Clause in the Protocol of Accession of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization and its effect in Mexico", Legal Report, Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa S.C. Magazine Publication, No. 59, April, 2008; "Analysis of Mexico's compliance with the awards of the World Trade Organization, at the light of the High Fructose Corn Syrup Case", Coauthor Arturo Tiburcio Tiburco, Puntos Finos, August and September, 2009.
In 2009, she was invited by Dr. Bradly Condon to join the trade law investigation center "Centro de Estudios de Derecho Económico Internacional" (Center of Studies in International Economic Law), where she is currently member.
Fernanda Garza is fluent in Spanish and English, and understands French.