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New book chapter: ‘Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention in Macau’

Recognition and enforcement

The book ‘Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: The Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts’, edited by Professor George A. Bermann, has just been published by Springer. I have contributed with a chapter on Macau (pp. 631-649). Here is the abstract:

This chapter reviews the interpretation and application of the New York Convention in Macau. Macanese courts have yet to apply the Convention even once. The case law is non-existent and the doctrine is silent. As such, judges and other practitioners have no experience in the Convention’s practical application. However, given the rise of arbitration generally in Asia over the past decade, it is expected that arbitration will become more popular in Macau. Further, as economic development in Macau continues to boom, disputes involving Macau and Macanese parties are expected to rise. As the caseload increases in the future, the law in Macau on the Convention will develop. Due to the lack of experience with the Convention in Macau, there are no suggestions to offer for its improvement.


Scholars disagree over EU’s lack of transparency (or maybe not…)


A bit misleading title: Catherine Titi and I agree that the EU’s current level of transparency in trade and investment negotiations is quite satisfactory – in Macau Daily Times, 19 May 2017.


“Politizar” necessidades básicas através de acordos internationais de comércio livre

Ponto Final 10.05
A minha entrevista ao jornal Ponto Final, à margem da conferência ‘The European Union’s Common Commercial Policy After Lisbon’, que teve lugar no dia 10 de Maio na Fundação Rui Cunha, poder ser lida aqui.


Entrevista com a Rádio Macau – “Falar Direito”

Falar Direito

A minha entrevista com Fátima Cid para o programa “Falar Direito”, da Rádio Macau, à margem da conferência ‘The European Union’s Common Commercial Policy After Lisbon’, que teve lugar no dia 10 de Maio na Fundação Rui Cunha, pode ser acedida aqui (a partir do minuto 25:50).

The European Union’s Common Commercial Policy after Lisbon

FRC 10.05.2017

On 10 May I will be at the Rui Cunha Foundation with Catharine Titi (French National Centre for Scientific Research and University of Burgundy, France) discussing the European Union’s Common Commercial Policy after Lisbon. Dr. José Sales Marques will be moderating the debate.

Here is a synopsis:

Until December 2009, the conclusion of international trade and investment agreements was a competence of the Member States of the European Union (EU). However, with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, this competence passed from the Member States to the EU, entailing a new balance of powers between the European Commission, the European Parliament, and national parliaments. The EU’s new competence has been raising significant debate among scholars and civil society, with some accusing the EU’s policymaking process of lacking transparency. The speakers will provide an overview of the EU’s investment policy, analyse the controversy surrounding international treaties such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and discuss its potential impact on agreements currently under negotiation such as the EU-China Bilateral Investment Treaty.