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Why Arbitrate in Portugal?

Online Guide
Portuguese Arbitration

  • 250 million Portuguese speaking people (6th most spoken language).
  • The Portuguese Civil Code still in force in Angola (except for the Family Law Chapter), Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, Mozambique.
  • The arbitration laws in Portuguese speaking countries generally follow the old Portuguese Arbitration Law (Law n.º 31/86 of 29 August 1986), except for Brazil and Guinea-Bissau.
  • Common language and shared cultural, historic, and legal backgrounds.
  • Investment opportunities in Portuguese speaking countries are bubbling, including in the energy and oil & gas sectors.
  • The "One Belt One Road" Chinese programme provides for a road from "Lobito" (Angola) to Dar-es-Salam.
  • Easily accessible: geography (which includes London time-zone) makes Lisbon the best seat for international arbitrations involving Portuguese speaking parties across the globe.
  • Friendly and safe country.
  • Comfortable direct (or just one-stop) connection flights from all over the world.
  • Stable environment, and a modern and robust legal framework.
  • Modern arbitration centres and state-of-the-art facilities to manage arbitrations and hold hearings.
  • Portuguese lawyers are internationally-oriented, drawing on a large pool of practitioners.
  • Arbitration is cost-efficient and tailored to the needs of the parties.

Main Features
of the
Portuguese Jurisdiction

  • Civil Law jurisdiction.
  • Law inspired by the Uncitral Model Law.
  • Party to the ICSID Convention (Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States).
  • Party to the New York Convention (Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards - New York, 1958).
  • Party to 60 Bilateral Investment Treaties.
  • Kompetenz-Kompetenz & separability of the arbitration agreement robustly recognised.
  • Pro-Arbitration mindset of the Portuguese Courts, with swift procedures to assist arbitrations, setting aside, recognition, and enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • Access to preliminary and interim measures, and joinder of third-parties.
  • Arbitration centres with modern facilities and access to expedited procedures, emergency arbitration, and service as appointing authority.

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