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Paulo de Brito

Paulo de Brito is Doctor in Law, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science and Director of the Institute for Legal Research (I2J) of the Lusófona University of Porto.

From December 2014 to July 2018 he was Director of the 1st Cycle of Studies in Law at the Universidade Lusófona do Porto. He teaches in the 1st and 2nd study cycles in the areas of International Law, Public and Private, and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), having obtained in 2015 the Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration by CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).

He completed his degrees in Law at the Portuguese Catholic University, Administration and Management at the Helsinki School of Economics and Master in International Relations prior to the 1999 Bologna Declaration. In addition to a PhD in Law (specialising in International Law) from the University of Bristol, UK, he holds a post-doctoral degree in Public Law from the University Santiago de Compostela (June 2020). Since February 2018 he has been an arbitrator judge at CIMPAS (Centre for Information, Mediation, Ombudsman and Insurance Arbitration) and an Observer at the CEPEJ (Commission Européenne pour l’éfficacité de la justice) of the Council of Europe as of November 2018.

Before entering full-time academic life (for four years he had already taught Media Legislation at the Oporto Higher School of Journalism) he was a founding judge and coordinator of the Gaia (2002) and Oporto (2004) Courts of Peace and a 1st class senior technician at the General Directorate of Reinsertion and Prison Services of the Ministry of Justice (since 1993), currently on unpaid leave. Besides those delivered in the national sphere, he presented the following communications abroad Palace of Justice in Turin (2006), KIMEP (Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research) University in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2011), KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) in Stockholm (2012), Queen’s University in Belfast (2013), University of Sussex, United Kingdom (2014), Universidad Santiago de Compostela (April 2019), Université du Luxembourg (July 2019), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (December 2019).

He has published, among others, “Representation in court of victims and compensation for damages by accession to the International Criminal Court” in The Non-State Subjects in International Law, (Petrony Editora, 2019), “The right to a tribunal, mediation and arbitration” in Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque Commentary on the European Convention on Human Rights and the Additional Protocols (Lisbon: Universidade Católica Editora, 2019), “Courts of Peace: contemporaneity’s response to the crisis of justice (2)” in The state of justice (Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, 2016), “On the importance of building a theory of international law in the face of nationalism” in Revista da Faculdade de Direito da ULP, no. No. 2, 2013, online, “Towards a natural law theory of international law” (2007) in Journal of Philosophy of International Law (www.electronicpublications.org).