Pearl River Delta Law

New article: ‘Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Lusophone legal system: All in the family?’


My latest article, titled ‘Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Lusophone legal system: All in the family?’, has been published in the journal African Studies.

Here is the abstract:

The direct link between economic activity and commercial law is irrefutable. Countries that want to promote economic growth strive to modernise their legal systems. This article discusses the main driving forces for legal reform in Portuguese-speaking African countries. It is argued that Portuguese language and legal culture will continue to be a relevant source of influence. However, foreign investment will also play a decisive role. Legal globalisation will probably be more important than familiarity and regional integration. The most important ‘legal family’ is now international trade law: all developing countries desire to be members of this ‘family’ as they struggle to join the world economy.

New article: Amicus Curiae in the Trans-Pacific Partnership


My latest article, titled ‘Amicus Curiae in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’, has been published in the American Business Law Journal, vol. 54(1), pp. 161-238.

New book chapter: ‘The Erosion of the Concept of Public Service in Water Concessions – Evidence from Investor-State Arbitration’


The book ‘The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market‘, edited by Professor Julien Chaisse, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. I am am truly honoured to have contributed with a chapter, titled  ‘The Erosion of the Concept of Public Service in Water Concessions – Evidence from Investor-State Arbitration’.

New article: ‘The Language of International Arbitration’


My latest article, titled ‘The Language of International Arbitration‘, has been published in the journal ‘Conflict Resolution Quarterly‘. You can download the full article here.

Here is the abstract:

Settling international disputes is a cultural and legal challenge. The first barrier that needs to be overcome is that of language. Parties, lawyers, and arbitrators frequently speak different languages or do not have the same level of proficiency in the same idiom. Determining what language or languages shall be used in international arbitration is decisive on three dimensions: party equality, the composition of the arbitral tribunal, and the interaction with national courts. This article examines several tools that disputing parties can adopt in order to overcome the problems stemming from linguistic diversity in international arbitration.

The Role of Investment Arbitration in Water Services Governance


My article titled ‘The Role of Investment Arbitration in Water Services Governance‘, has just been published (advance access) in the journal Water Policy.

Here is the abstract:

The flux of foreign investment into the water industry that took place over recent decades had a significant impact on the relationship between water companies and states. The creation of a global network of international investment agreements also altered the method of adjudication of possible disputes between the parties. The emergence of global water markets and the advent of Public–Private Partnerships led to the emergence of what has been called Global Water Governance. This articles analyses how the decisions of arbitral tribunals in water-related disputes are becoming an integral part of this global regulatory system and discusses their impact in water services governance. Governments are increasingly required to have a thorough knowledge of the functioning and possible implications of the legal frameworks that underpin foreign investments in the water services market.