Rute Alves
Senior Associate

Rute Alves

Joined PLMJ in 2008.
Senior associate in the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice.

About Rute

Rute is senior associate in the arbitration team and has more than 10 years’ experience in dispute resolution. She has dedicated the last few years to domestic and international arbitration, especially in the areas of corporate, financial and commercial disputes, and disputes involving projects and infrastructures. She has worked in different countries and under different arbitration regulations.

Rute is coordinator of the under-40 council of the APA (Portuguese Arbitration Association) and of the under-40 organising council of the Coimbra International Arbitration Meetings, as well as being a member of various other associations.

She has an LL.M. in comparative and international dispute resolution from Queen Mary University of London and a master’s in business law from the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Rute is the author of articles on various arbitration topics and is actively involved in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as an arbitrator and a coach at the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

She also has experience in other areas: Rute was a consumer disputes mediator at UMAC, an assistant to Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the 18th Constitutional Government and intern-research assistant for Portugal in the LexisNexis, Reed Elsevier (UK) in London.


English, Spanish

Academic Background
  • Law degree from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FDUNL), 2007
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2012
  • Master of Laws in corporate law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2010
  • LL.M. in comparative and international dispute resolution from Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2013
Professional Background
  • Senior Associate at PLMJ since 2017
  • Consumer disputes mediator, UMAC – Consumer Dispute Mediation and Support Unit, Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2008
  • Assistant to the Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, XVIII Constitutional Government of Portugal, 2011
  • Intern-Research Assistant for Portugal, LexisNexis, Reed Elsevier (UK), London, UK, 2012
Member of
  • Assembly of Representatives FDUNL, student representative
  • Chair of the General Meeting of the Student Association of the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (AEFDUNL)
  • President of the Supervisory Board of the National Federation of Law Students
  • President of the Board of AEFDUNL
  • Vice-President of the Board of AEFDUNL, Careers and Training Department
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