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Prof. Fernando DIAS SIMÕES
Associate Professor
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Room 618,
Faculty of Law,
6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Professor Dias Simões is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since January 2019. He currently serves as Deputy Programme Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic Law. Before joining CUHK, Professor Dias Simões taught for 14 years in universities in Macau and Portugal; in addition, he practiced in a major law firm and served as in-house counsel to a water concessionaire company in his native Portugal. His research interests include international adjudication (in particular, commercial and investment arbitration), investment law, and comparative contract law. He is fascinated by the idea of international arbitration as more than a simple dispute settlement mechanism: arbitrators are private service providers, and arbitration a market. However, this ‘market’ is undergoing profound changes, particularly in the field of investment arbitration. In his ongoing research projects Professor Dias Simões questions whether this phenomenon is evidence of simple growing pains or, more than that, of a true identity crisis.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • LLM, University of Glasgow
  • LLB, University of Coimbra
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • International comercial arbitration
  • International investment arbitration
  • International investment law
  • Comparative Law
  • Consumer law
AWARDS
  • First Prize for Best Monograph, ‘Outstanding Achievement Award for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences’, Macau Foundation, Social Sciences in China Press and Guangdong Social Sciences Association, November 2015
  • Best Paper Prize – 12th Asian Law Institute Conference ‘Law 2.0 – New Challenges in Asia’, College of Law, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 21-22 May 2015
CURRENT APPOINTMENTS
  • Member, Asia WTO Research Network (AWRN)
  • Member, Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order’ (EUCROSS)
  • Rapporteur, Oxford International Organizations (OXIO, Oxford University Press and Manchester International Law Centre)
  • Senior Research Fellow, University Institute of European Studies – IUSE, Turin (Italy)
  • Senior Research Associate and Member of the Scientific Committee, gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (UK)
  • Visiting Professor, Summer Law Institute (Beijing)
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University (Bangkok)
PAST APPOINTMENTS
  • Visiting Scholar, Global Economic Law Network (GELN), Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia (December 2019)
  • External Scientific Fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, July – August 2018
  • Academic Staff Mobility Grant, Programme Erasmus+, University of Porto, Portugal, May 2017
  • EU Commission Marie Curie Fellow at Beijing Normal University, 7° Framework Programme, Marie Curie People, ‘Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental industries (POREEN)’, July – August 2015
  • Visiting Scholar, School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta (USA), June 2015
  • EU Commission Marie Curie Fellow at Beijing Normal University, 7° Framework Programme, Marie Curie People, ‘Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental industries (POREEN)’, July – August 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal (Canada), June 2014
  • Fellow of the Summer 2012 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP), Banff (Canada), July 2012
RESEARCH GRANTS
  • Internationalisation Faculty Mobility Scheme (Outbond) for 2019-20, Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 2019
  • Principal Investigator, ‘Building Legal Capacity in Investment Arbitration – Enhancing Hong Kong’s Profile as a Dispute Settlement Hub’, Direct Grant for Research, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, June 2019 – May 2020
  • Principal Investigator, ‘Consumer Policy in China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’, Multi-Year Research Grant, Level 4, University of Macau, May 2015 – December 2018
  • Research Unit Coordinator at gLAWcal, European Commission, 7° Framework Programme, Marie Curie People, ‘Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental industries (POREEN)’, October 2015 – December 2016
  • Research Unit Coordinator at gLAWcal, European Commission, 7° Framework Programme, Marie Curie People, ‘Liberalism In Between Europe And China (LIBEAC) – Assessing the Socio-Cultural and Politico-Legal Dimensions of the Differences in Terms of Interpretation and Enforcement of Economic, Social and Environmental Rights in Europe and China’, July 2015 – December 2016
  • Research Grant from the Institute of European Studies of Macau – Asia-Europe Comparative Studies, ‘Macau as a Seat for Arbitration between China, Europe and Portuguese Speaking Countries’, 2013
  • Research Scholarship Fundación Mapfre (Spain), ‘Ayudas a la Investigación en Seguros y Gerencia de Riesgos 2009’, with Belén Trigo García, 2009-2011
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Commercial Arbitration between China and the Portuguese-speaking World (Kluwer Law International 2014, 250 pp).
  • Lei dos Serviços Públicos Essenciais – Anotada e Comentada (with Mariana Pinheiro Almeida, Almedina 2012, 248 pp).
  • Marca do Distribuidor e Responsabilidade por Produtos (Almedina 2009, 524 pp).

Journal Articles

  • The Appellate Body of the WTO: an International Court by Another Name, 10 European Yearbook of International Economic Law (forthcoming 2019)
  • Assessing the Impact of Trade and Investment Policies: Toward an Era of ‘Enlightened’ Policymaking?, 86(4) University of Cincinnati Law Review 1211-1250 (2018).
  • Hold on to Your Hat! Issue Conflicts in the Investment Court System, 17(1) The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 98-116 (2018).
  • External Consultants as Actors in European Trade and Investment Policymaking, 48 Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 109-138 (2018).
  • Blusun S.A. and others v. Italy: Legal (In)stability and Renewable Energy Investments, 26(3) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 298-304 (2017).
  • The European Parliament’s Oversight Powers over Trade and Investment Negotiations, 2(1) European Investment Law and Arbitration Review 335-370 (2017).
  • Making Trade Policy Great Again: What Policymakers Should Learn from Trump’s Election, 12(2) Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy 265-288 (2017).
  • Myopic Amici? The Participation of Non-disputing Parties in ICSID Arbitration, 42(3) North Carolina Journal of International Law 791-822 (2017).
  • Charanne and Construction Investments v. Spain: Legitimate Expectations and Investments in Renewable Energy, 26(2) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 174-180 (2017).
  • A Guardian and a Friend? The European Commission’s Participation in Investment Arbitration, 25(2) Michigan State International Law Review 233-303 (2017).
  • When Green Incentives Go Pale: Investment Arbitration and Renewable Energy Policymaking, 45(2) Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 251-285 (2017).
  • Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Lusophone Legal System: All in the Family?, 76(1) African Studies 86-101 (2017).
  • Amicus Curiae in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, 54(1) American Business Law Journal 161-238 (2017).
  • The Language of International Arbitration, 35(1) Conflict Resolution Quarterly 89-109 (2017).
  • The Role of Investment Arbitration in Water Services Governance, 19(2) Water Policy 271-285 (2017).
  • Consumer Behavior and Sustainable Development in China: The Role of Behavioral Sciences in Environmental Policymaking, 8(9) Sustainability 897 (2016).
  • Institutional Culture in International Arbitration, 27(3) Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 188-197 (2016).
  • Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide, 37(3) Contemporary Southeast Asia 381-405 (2015).
  • Powered by Expertise: Selecting Arbitrators in Energy Disputes, 8(6) Journal of World Energy Law & Business 501-520 (2015).
  • Do Direito do Consumidor à Ética de Consumo, 35 Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau 193-199 (2014).
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Macau, 44(2) Hong Kong Law Journal 563-587 (2014).
  • Commercial Arbitration in the Portuguese-speaking World: Opportunities and Challenges, 14 Young Arbitration Review 30-33 (2014).
  • As Pequenas e Médias Empresas e o Direito Europeu Comum da Compra e Venda, 34 Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau 65-106 (2013).
  • Inclusão de Cláusulas em Contratos de Adesão: uma Comparação Luso-Chinesa, 32 Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau 47-72 (2013).
  • Private Labels and Products Liability: Hypermarkets as apparent producers, 3 Juridical Review 469-481 (2013).
  • Paternalism and Health Law: Legal Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle, 3 European Journal of Risk Regulation 347-363 (2013).
  • A Prestação de Serviços Médicos em Portugal. Consentimento Esclarecido e Responsabilidade Civil, 22(1) Dereito: Revista Xurídica da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela 1-31 (2013).
  • Legal Capital Rules In Europe: Is There Still Room For Creditor Protection?, 24(4) International Company and Commercial Law Review 166-172 (2013).
  • O Conceito de Consumidor no Direito Português (II), Jusjornal, JusNet 35/2012 (2012).
  • O Conceito de Consumidor no Direito Português (I), Jusjornal, JusNet 118/2012 (2012).
  • Macau: A Seat for Sino-Lusophone Commercial Arbitration, 29(4) Journal of International Arbitration 375-389 (2012).
  • Vida Indevida? As Acções por Wrongful Life e a Dignidade da Vida Humana, 8(13) Tékhne – Revista de Estudos Politécnicos 187-203 (2010).
  • O Novo Regime de Prescrição dos Créditos por Serviços Públicos Essenciais – Algumas Dúvidas de Direito Transitório, Jusjornal (2009).
  • A Responsabilidade Civil das Sociedades de Advogados em Portugal, 17(1) Dereito – Revista Xurídica da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela 5-23 (2008).
  • Dupla Jornada – o Regime do Trabalhador-estudante, 5(1) Maia Jurídica 93-132 (2007).
  • Verso Controverso, 2(4) Tékhne – Revista de Estudos Politécnicos 87-100 (2005).

Book Chapters

  • Trade for All? Transparency in the EU’s Common Commercial Policy, in Julien Chaisse (ed), Sixty Years of European Integration and Global Power Shifts: Perceptions, Interactions and Lessons (Hart, forthcoming 2020).
  • Should Appellate Body Members Work Full Time?, in Chang-fa Lo, Junji Nakagawa and Tsai-yu Lin (eds.), The Appellate Body of the WTO and Its Reform (Springer, forthcoming).
  • How International Law Works in Investment Law and Renewable Energy: Green Expectations in Grey Times’, in George Ulrich and Ineta Ziemele (eds.), How International Law Works in Times of Crisis (Oxford University Press, September 2019).
  • Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection in Timor-Leste: Opportunities and Risks, in Ip Kuai Peng, Francisco José Leandro and Danilo Afonso-Henriques (eds.), The Challenges, Development, and Promise of Timor-Leste 187-204 (City University of Macau, 2019).
  • Article 26: Settlement of Disputes Between an Investor and a Contracting Party, in Rafael Leal-Arcas (ed), Commentary on the Energy Charter Treaty 338-358 (Edward Elgar 2018).
  • The Potential Role of Sustainability Impact Assessment in the EU-China BIT Negotiations, in Julien Chaisse (ed.), China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? 69-92 (Edward Elgar 2018).
  • Investment Law and Climate Disputes: The Role of the UNCITRAL in Powering Sustainable Development, in United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (ed.), Modernizing International Trade Law to Support Innovation and Sustainable Development. Proceedings of the Congress of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Vienna, 4-6 July 2017. Volume 4: Papers presented at the Congress 32-40 (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law 2017).
  • Friends with Benefits? Amicus Curiae in the TPP Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism, in Julien Chaisse, Henry Gao, and Chang-fa Lo (eds.), Paradigm Shift in International Economic Law Rule-Making: TPP as a New Model for Trade Agreements? 105-128 (Springer 2017).
  • Consumers’ Voice in Water Concession Contracts, in Eva Lohse and Margherita Poto (eds.), Best Practices for the Protection of Water by Law. Focus on Participatory Instruments in Environmental Law and Policies 119-136 (Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2017).
  • UNCITRAL’s Work on Concurrent Proceedings in Investment Arbitration: Overcoming the ‘Treaty/Contract Claims’ Gap, in Muruga Ramaswamy and João Ribeiro (eds.) Harmonising Trade Law to Enable Private Sector Regional Development 59-80 (UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, New Zealand Association for Comparative Law 2017).
  • Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention in Macau, in George A. Bermann (ed.), Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: The Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts 631-649 (Springer 2017).
  • A Dispute Resolution Centre for the BRICS?, in Rostam Neuwirth, Alexandr Svetlicinii and Denis Halis (eds.), The BRICS-Lawyers’ Guide to Global Cooperation 287-308 (Cambridge University Press 2017).
  • Transparency in European Trade Policymaking: the TTIP Negotiations as a Case Study, in Katia Gómez (ed.), La Política de la Unión Europea en Materia de Derecho de las Inversiones Internacionales. EU Policy on International Investment Law 351-374 (Bosch Editor 2017).
  • The Erosion of the Concept of Public Service in Water Concessions – Evidence from Investor-State Arbitration, in Julien Chaisse (ed.), The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market 70-90 (Cambridge University Press 2017).
  • The Portuguese Judiciary amid Old and New Crises, in Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek (eds.), Regulating Judges: Beyond Independence and Accountability 313-330 (Edward Elgar 2016).
  • O Contrato de Fornecimento na Grande Distribuição Retalhista, in António Pinto Monteiro (ed.), Temas de Direito dos Contratos, vol. II 38-62 (Rei dos Livros 2016).
  • Harmonisation of Arbitration Laws in the Asia-Pacific: Trendy or Necessary?, in Muruga Ramaswamy and João Ribeiro (eds.), Trade Development through Harmonization of Commercial Law 217-231 (UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, New Zealand Association for Comparative Law 2015).
  • Os Contratos de Adesão nas Relações Comerciais entre a China e Moçambique, in Wei Dan and Orquídea Jona (eds.), Questões Jurídicas Contemporâneas relativas ao Comércio e Investimento China-África 41-63 (Almedina 2014).
  • SMEs in the Common European Sales Law, in Ilse Samoy and Marco Loos (eds.), The Position of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in European Contract Law 9-26 (Intersentia 2014).
  • Ethics and Consumerism: Legal Promotion of Ethical Consumption?, in Helena Röcklinsberg and Per Sandin (eds.), The Ethics of Consumption – the Citizen, the Market and the Law 141-146 (Wageningen Academic Publishers 2013).
  • Chinese Investment in Southern Africa with a Macanese Accent?, in André du Pisani, Gerhard Erasmus and Trudi Hartzenberg (eds.), Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012 232-250 (Trade Law Centre 2013).

Book Reviews

  • Nationalization, Natural Resources and International Investment Law: Contractual Relationship as a Dynamic Bargaining Process, written by Junji Nakagawa, 20(2-3) Journal of World Investment & Trade 467-471 (2019).
  • Julien Chaisse (Ed.), Charting the Water Regulatory Future: Issues, Challenges and Directions, 9 European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2018, 515-519 (2019).
conference papers (selection)
  • ‘Academics, biases and conflicts of interests’, Colloquium ‘Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators’, 26-27 September 2019, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France.
  • ‘Legal Representation in Investment Disputes along the Belt and Road’, conference ‘Multilateral Reform of Investor-State Dispute Resolution: A Dialogue among Different Approaches’, 15-16 September 2019, Xiʼan City, People’s Republic of China.
  • ‘Training session on Investment Arbitration’, 5th Training Session of China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law (CAERP), 11 August 2019, Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong SoHo, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
  • ‘Nothing Lasts Forever: The (Im)permanence of the Appellate Body’, Workshop ‘Paradise Lost or Found? The Post-WTO International ‘Legal’ Order’’, 26 July 2019, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, United States of America.
  • Discussant, seminar ‘International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections’, 22 July 2019, Graduate Law Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • ‘Taking dispute settlement seriously: The future of the Appellate Body’, Seminar on WTO Reform, 9 July 2019, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Politics and the Investment Court System: Lessons from the WTO Appellate Body’, Asia WTO Research Network (AWRN) Yearly Retreat 2019, 7 July 2019, Shonan Village Center, Hayama town, Kanagawa, Japan.
  • ‘Impact Assessment Studies and their Role in Attracting Foreign Investment’, Seminar on Investment Facilitation, ‘Topical Issues in Investment Law & Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ seminar series, 27 June 2019, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France.
  • ‘Dispute Settlement in PPPs: between National Litigation and International Arbitration’, Public-Private Partnerships Conference, 17 January 2019, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
  • ‘Should Appellate Body Members Work Full Time?’, Workshop ‘WTO Appellate Body and Its Reform’, 12 January 2019, National Taiwan University College of Law, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • ‘O Futuro da Arbitragem em Macau’, Seminário de Arbitragem da Associação de Advogados de Macau, 5 December 2018, Crowne Hotel Macau, Macau.
  • ‘”Underground Awards” and the Transparency of Investor-state Arbitration’, UNCITRAL-UM Joint Conference 2018 ‘Emerging Legal Standards in Harmonization of Trade Law and Implications for Regional Economic Cooperation’, 1 December 2018, University of Macau, Macau.
  • ‘Investment Protection in East Timor’, East-Timor Studies International Series Symposium – ‘Transitions, Development and Belt & Road Initiative’, 30 October 2018, City University of Macau, Macau.
  • ‘Access to International Investment Awards: Peeking through Semi-closed Curtains?’, Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals on ‘Access to International Adjudication’, 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, 13 September 2018, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • ‘Hidden Awards and the Transparency of Investment Arbitration’, Jean Monnet Chair Workshop ‘International Trade, Investment and the Rule of Law’, 10 September 2018, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom.
  • ‘International Economic Law in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era’, 26th Annual ANZSIL Conference ‘International Law: From the Local to the Global’, 5 July 2018, Faculty of Law of Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • ‘Reinforcing the WTO’s Dispute Settlement System: Towards a True World Trade Court’, Conference ‘International Economic Law in the Age of Anti-Globalization – Implications on Asia Pacific States’, Seoul National University School of Law, 8 June 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • ‘Renewable Energies in Turmoil: Investor-state Arbitration and Environmental Disputes’, 1st International ADR Conference: New Opportunities for Convergence in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dusit Thani Hotel, 18 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • ‘Civil Society’s Voice in International Investment Law: Enhancing the Rule of Law’, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 5 April 2018, London, United Kingdom.
  • Speaker, ‘Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit 2017’, 28 September 2017, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, HK.
  •  ‘Hold on to Your Hat! Issue Conflicts in the TTIP Proposal for an Investment Court’, International Conference ‘The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators’, 19 September 2017, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, USA.
  • ‘The Semantics of the Right to Water in International Investment Law’, Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic Law ‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons, Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Economic Law’, 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, 6 September 2017, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.
  • ‘Assessing the Impact of International Investment Law: An Asian Perspective’, 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law, 26 August 2017, Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  •  ‘A Roadmap for Up-and-Coming Arbitral Institutions’, Kobe University Summer School of Asian Law and Dispute Management, 21 August 2017, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
  • ‘Investment Arbitration and Environmental Policymaking’, Summer Institute on Climate Change and Environmental Protection, Summer Law Institute in China 2017, 31 July - 2 August 2017, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China.
  • ‘Investment Law and Climate disputes: The Role of UNCITRAL in Powering Sustainable Development’, Congress ‘Modernizing International Trade Law to Support Innovation and Sustainable Development’, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Vienna International Centre, 4 July 2017, Vienna, Austria.
  • ‘Institutional Arbitration in the Belt and Road Initiative’, Conference ‘The BRI and Dispute Resolution: Focusing on UNIDROIT Principles, International Arbitration and Judicial Adjudication ’, 31 March 2017, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.
  • ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret? The European Parliament and European Investment’, Conference ‘The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of Agreements on International Economic Law Issues’, 9 December 2016, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.
  • ‘International Investment Law and the Protection of Consumer Interests’, ‘Australasian Consumer Law Roundtable 2016’, 2 December 2016, University of Auckland Business School, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • ‘The Future of EU-China Investment Dispute Settlement: Issues and Options’, ‘11th Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association’, 22 September 2016, University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘Investment Law and Climate Change: Green Expectations in Grey Times’, ‘12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis’, 10 September 2016, Riga, Latvia.
  • ‘Citizen’s Voice in Water Governance: Public-Private Partnerships as Triangular Relations’, Workshop and Expert Seminar ‘Best Practices for the Protection of Water in Times of Crisis. Focus on Participatory Instruments in Environmental Law and Policies, 22 April 2016, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany.
  • ‘When Green Incentives Go Pale: Investment Arbitration and Renewable Energy Policymaking’, 4th Annual UEF Law School Energy Transitions Conference, 4 March 2016, University of Eastern Finland Law School, Joensuu, Finland.
  • ‘Privatization of Water Services: Lessons from Investor-State Arbitration’, International Conference ‘Privatization in the International Arena’, 19 February 2016, California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA.
  • ‘Transparency in ICSID Arbitration: Lessons from the Last Decade’, 2nd Kobe Seminar on International Investment Law 2016 – Asian Challenges to International Investment Law: Viewing from Internal and Comparative Perspectives, 29 January 2016, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
  • ‘Should the UN create an International Investment Court?’, Conference ‘The United Nations at 70: Key Challenges for International Law’, 9 November 2015, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
  • ‘Public Interests in Investor-State Arbitration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations’, Seminar ‘Negociación TPP: Desafíos y Oportunidades Comerciales y Legales’, 30 June 2015, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • ‘Public Interests in the Water Industry’, Visiting Scholar presentation, 22 June 2015, School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.
  • ‘Rule of Law(s): Legal Pluralism in Timor-Leste’, 12th Asian Law Institute Conference ‘Law 2.0 – New Challenges in Asia’, 21 May 2015, College of Law, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • ‘Clear as Water? Transparency in Water Concession Arbitrations’, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Fourth Annual Conference, ‘Developing Democracy: Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law’, 8 May 2015, St John’s College Divinity School, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.
  • ‘Plain Packaging of Unhealthy Products: WTO and the Global Governance of Public Health’, 15th Annual WTO Conference, ‘The WTO at 20: Taking Stock and Challenges Ahead’, 7 May 2015, London, UK.
  • ‘Green Nudges in the European Union’, 13th Jean Monnet Seminar, 21 April 2015, Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • ‘Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide’, Researching State and Personhood: Law and Society in Southeast Asia Conference, 15 December 2014, Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • ‘Multilateral Investment Treaties? A View from Macau’, American Bar Association Section of International Law Fall Meeting, 22 October 2014, Hilton Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • ‘Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Lusophone Legal System: All in the Family?’, Young Scholars Workshop on International Law: Africa 2013 - Was There Something Missed in the Decolonization Process? The International Law Perspective, Faculty of Law of the University of Trento, 7 December 2013, Trento, Italy.
  • ‘Ethics and Consumerism: Should Consumer Law Go Green?’, Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, 11 October 2013, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, USA.
  • ‘Does China Need a Good Samaritan Law?’, International Brownbag lunch sessions, 9 October 2013, Boston College Law School, Boston, USA.
  • ‘Should China enact a “Good Samaritan Law”?’, European China Law Studies Association ECLS 2013 “New Approaches and New Questions in Chinese Law”, 20 September 2013, University of Oxford, UK.
  • ‘Ethics and Consumerism: Legal Promotion of Ethical Consumption?’, The 11th Congress of The European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe) 2013 “The Ethics of Consumption: The Citizen, The Market and The Law”, 14 September 2013, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • ‘Sino-Lusophone Commercial Arbitration: Two Worlds meet in Macau’, Third East Asian Law & Society Conference, 23 March 2013, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shangai, China.
  • ‘International Contracts in the XXI Century: Harmonization of Rules or Standardization of Clauses?’, Workshop on International & Comparative Law, 2 March 2013, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, USA.
  • ‘Privatization of Services of General Interest in Europe: Contract Law and the Protection of Citizens-Users’, Contract as “Public Law” at the Intersection of Globalization and Privatization, 1 March 2013, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, USA.
  • ‘Professionals v Consumers: Should SMEs be treated as Laymen?’, 8th Annual International Conference on Contracts, 22 February 2013, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
  • ‘Paternalism and Health Law: Legal Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle’, 2nd HEC Paris Workshop on Regulation: Regulating Lifestyle Risks in Europe - The Case of Alcohol, Tobacco, Unhealthy Diets & Gambling, 21 September 2012, HEC le Château, Paris, France.
  • ‘Mandatory Disclosure of Lack of Malpractice Insurance by Lawyers: a Trans-Atlantic Comparison’, International Legal Ethics Conference V, 13 July 2012, Banff, Canada.
occasional reviewer
  • ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law
  • Hong Kong Law Journal
  • Asia Pacific Law Review
  • The Social Science Journal
  • Sustainability
  • International Journal of Transitional Justice
  • Brazilian Journal of International Law
  • National Science Centre, Poland (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN)
  • Revista Jurídica Portucalense