Luiz Olavo Baptista

Luiz Olavo Baptista
Alameda dos Maracatins
780, 17th floor, conj. 1702
São Paulo
+55 11 3285 0706


Who's Who Legal Brazil - Arbitration

Luiz Olavo Baptista has practised law for over 50 years and has acted as lawyer, counsel and arbitrator both in Brazil and abroad.

He advised international corporations, governments and individuals in matters related to international investments and negotiations, and participated in the drafting of international agreements.

He is a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators, the French Arbitration Association (AFA) and the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He has acted as arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes, in proceedings at the United Nations Compensation Commission, under the MERCOSUR Protocol for the Resolution of Controversies, before ICSID and the ICC International Court of Arbitration both as arbiter and chairman. He also participates in the leading Brazilian arbitration organisations.

He was a member of the WTO Appellate Body (2001–2009), which he chaired in 2008. He was a member of The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration (1996–2002) and in 1998 was designated Special Representative for Brazil in a fact-finding and mediation mission related to trade issues.

He is a former president and board member of the São Paulo Bar Association; member of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (1981–1983 and 1986–1987); and chair of the São Paulo Lawyers' Assistance Fund (1983–1985).

He received his law degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 1964 and his PhD from Paris II University in 1981. He is Doctor Honoris Causa (Lisbon University, 2009). He is a retired full professor of International Law at the University of São Paulo Law School.

He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

WWL says: Luiz Baptista is “a senior figure” in the Brazilian arbitration market, and is widely recognised on the international stage for his top-tier expertise in the area.

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