Roberto teaches sports law on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Roberto is also a barrister in England and Wales, and a qualified lawyer (advogado) in Brazil and Portugal. Roberto has more than twenty years of experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution. Before becoming a full time academic, he was a partner of a major international law firm.

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Area of expertise
  • Sports law
  • International arbitration
  • Intellectual property rights
Teaching and research interests
  • Introduction to Football Law (BA (Hons) International Football Business)
  • Sports Law and Governance (MSc Football Business)
  • PhD, Queen Mary, University of London
  • LLM, University of Dundee
  • GDL, BPP University
  • LLB, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • PGCAP, St Mary’s University
Accreditation and Memberships:
  • Barrister (Gray’s Inn)
  • Advogado (Brazil)
  • Advogado (Portugal)
Publications and research
  • The ICSID Convention and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties – A Paradox, Cambridge International Law Journal Blog (16 November 2022)
  • ICSID Convention and the VCLT: Interpreting the Term ‘Investment’, in The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties in Investor-State Disputes: History, Evolution and Future (2022)
  • Brazilian President’s Assent to the Bill on the Compulsory Licensing of COVID-19 Vaccines’ Patents, Kluwer Patent Blog (14 September 2021)
  • TRIPS COVID-19 Waiver, Patent Breaking and Investment Treaty Arbitration, Kluwer Patent Blog (27 July 2021)
  • Brazilian Senate Approves Bill on the Compulsory Licensing of COVID-19 Vaccines’ Patents, Kluwer Patent Blog (12 May 2021)
  • The Petrobras Crisis: Arbitrating Investors’ Claims Against the Brazilian Federal Government, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (6 March 2021)
  • Misapplying the General Rule of Treaty Interpretation: The Salini Test, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (3 December 2019)
  • The Notion of Investment and Economic Development under the ICSID Convention, in ICSID Convention after 50 Years: Unsettled Issues (2017)
  • A Anulação das Sentenças Arbitrais “Incompletas” e a Sentença Arbitral Complementar [The Annulment of “Uncomplete” Arbitral Awards and the Supplementary Arbitral Award], in A Reforma da Arbitragem (2016)
  • Fragmentation and Harmonization in the ICSID Decision-Making Process, 11(1) Transnational Dispute Management (2014). Republished in Reshaping the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Journeys for the 21st Century (2015)
  • The Investment Requirement of the ICSID Convention and the Role of Investment Treaties, 26(3) American Review of International Arbitration (2015)
  • Brazil: arbitration law reloaded (co-authored with Dr Mark C. Hilgard and Ana Elisa Bruder), Financier Worldwide (August 2015)
  • Amendments to the Brazilian Arbitration Law: Supplementary Arbitral Awards and Excess of Power, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (19 June 2015)
  • Evolving Meaning: The Interpretation of Investment Treaties and Temporal Variations, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (21 March 2015)
  • Previous Decisions in Investment Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (23 December 2014)
  • Interpreting Investment Treaties, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (21 October 2014)
  • As Origens do Uso da Arbitragem Como Modo de Solução de Controvérsias em Disputas Relativas a Investimentos [The Origins of the Use of Arbitration as a Dispute Settlement Method in Investment Disputes], Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem – Edição Especial (2011)
  • Alabama Claims: Decision of the Arbitrators Respecting National Losses, 31 Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem (2011)
  • Urbaser S.A. e Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizcaia, Bilboa Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa vs. Argentina (ICSID Case n. ABR/07/26): a decisão sobre o pedido de desqualificação de árbitro de 12.08.2010 [Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizcaia, Bilboa Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa vs. Argentina (ICSID Case n. ABR/07/26): The Decision on the Proposal to Disqualify an Arbitrator], 29 Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação (2011)
  • Mobil v. Venezuela: The Nationality Requirement under the ICSID Convention, 3 Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation (2011)
  • Question Mark on the Arbitrability of Disputes Arising out of Public Contracts in Brazil, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (22 October 2010)
  • Euro Telecom v. Bolivia: The Denunciation of the ICSID Convention and ICSID Arbitration under BITs, 6(1) Transnational Dispute Management (2009)
  • ICSID and Non-Foreign Investment Disputes, 4(5) Transnational Dispute Management (2007)
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