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Commercial and investment arbitration International investment contracts
José Miguel
  • Law degree from the University of Coimbra, 1972
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 1975
  • Lecturer in political science and constitutional law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, 1972-1979
  • Head lecturer in public international law and political science at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, 1979-1981
  • Associate Professor in corporate law at the Faculty of Economics of Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2004
  • Visiting Professor for the subjects of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2009
  • Guest lecturer for the subjects of energy and politics at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE) Energy MBA, University of Lisbon (2010-3)
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 1975
  • PLMJ Partner since 1980
  • General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association, member 1995-1998
  • Member of the High Council of the Judiciary, 1997-2001
  • President of Portuguese Bar Association, 2002-2005
  • President of the Human Rights Committee of the Portuguese Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Board of the International Bar Association, 2005
  • Member of the Board of the Portuguese Arbitration Association
  • ICSID Roster of Arbitrators and Conciliators (Washington, USA)
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Korean Arbitration Association (Seoul, Korea)
  • Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Mediation Centre (S. Paulo, Brazil)
  • Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration Centre (S. Paulo)
  • CAE – Eurochambers Mediation and Arbitration Centre (S. Paulo)
  • FIESP - CIESP - São Paulo Industrial Association Arbitration Centre (Brazil)
  • CBMA – Brazilian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • CAMARB – Business Arbitration Centre (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
  • FIEJP - Paraná Industrial Association Arbitration Centre (Curitiba, Brazil and FIEJP (Paraná)
  • FEDERASUL - Arbitration Centre (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
  • CAMITAL - Arbitration and Mediation Centre of Italy-Brazil Chambre of Commerce (S.Paulo)
  • CIMA – Corte Civil y Mercantil de Arbitraje de Madrid (Spain)
  • CACM - Mozambique Arbitration Conciliation and Mediation Centre (Maputo)
  • Extrajudicial Dispute Resolution Centre (Luanda, Angola)
  • CCIP – Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration Centre (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • CONCORDIA Arbitration Centre (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Portuguese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Centre (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Institute of Commercial Arbitration (Oporto)
  • BVI Arbitration Centre (British Virgin Island)
  • 40 years of experience in litigation and arbitration, covering almost all the fields of law (O&G, Public and Private Law, International Contracts and Investments, Insurance and Banking, Construction, Corporate Law, Environment, Real Estate, Life Sciences, Concession contracts, Procurement, PPP’s, Constitutional).
  • Counsel in Arbitration more than 70 ICC, ad hoc, UNCITRAL, IOHADA, ICSID, NAI, national and international arbitrations, since 1979 (banking, finance and insurance, construction and zoning, international contracts, distributorship, investment disputes, oil and gas, hotel and tourism, labour, shareholders agreements and corporate, industrial law, M&A, telecommunications, IP, Life Sciences).
  • Arbitrator more than 40 ICC, LCIA, ad hoc/UNCITRAL, Cámara de Madrid, CCBC (Brazil), Lisbon and Oporto Chambers, national and international arbitrations, as co-arbitrator, sole-arbitrator (2) and Chairman (29), submitted to Portuguese, Brazilian, Angolan, Spanish, French, BIT’s and International Law (insurance, telecommunications, construction, banking and finance, international contracts, agency and distributorship, mining, tourism, ppp’s, investment disputes, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, hotel management, BIT disputes, etc). He has been Chairman of one UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitration (Rurelec vs Bolivia).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Portuguese Arbitration Association, he has been one of the authors of the new Portuguese Arbitration Law.
  • Publications (as co-author): Capital Markets in Portugal (1994); Securities Law, Portuguese Chapter (1996); Takeover Portuguese Law (1996); “Direito do Petróleo” (2013), “100 years landmark international arbitral decisions (2016). Portuguese Arbitration Law – A commentary (3d edition 2017)
  • Various conferences and articles published in Portugal, Cap Verde, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Peru, Spain, South Korea, France, Argentina, USA, UK, Costa Rica, Germany on litigation and arbitration, construction and PPP’s, investment treaties, oil and gas, consumer law, class actions, public law, contracts, capital markets, business law, etc.
  • Star Individual in Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Litigation), and Tier 1 in “most in demand arbitrators” in Chambers and ranked Tier 1 in the major directiories. PLMJ Arbitration included in Gar 100 since 2014.
  • Portuguese Bar Association
  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • Portuguese Arbitration Association (member of the Board for International Relations 2008-14)
  • Clube Español de Arbitraje (member of the Board 2013-7)
  • Association Suisse d’Arbitrage
  • Brazilian Arbitration Committee
  • ITA (Institute for Transnational Arbitration) Portuguese Country Reporter since 2008
  • LCIA London
  • ICCA
  • Member of the Advisory Board of “Anuario Latiniamericano de Arbitraje”, Peru Arbitration Institute
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese


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