We are very honoured to announce that Professor Mariana
França Gouveia has joined PLMJ Arbitration. Mariana
França Gouveia earned her law degree from the Faculty of Law
of Universidade Nova de Lisboa where she is associate professor.
She has a doctorate in procedural law, with a thesis on "The
Among other subjects, Mariana has lectured on introduction to
arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, theory of process,
civil procedure law, enforcement procedure law and civil procedural
practice. She also coordinates the first Portuguese postgraduate
course in arbitration (now in its sixth edition) and a litigation
and arbitration law master's (which is unique in Portugal). In
addition, she is on the roster of arbitrators at a number of
arbitration centres in Portugal, and is regularly appointed as
arbitrator. In July 2015, she was invited on secondment to the
London office of Wilmer Hale at the invitation of Gary Born.
She is the author of a vast collection of scientific works,
among others, in the areas of arbitration law and civil procedure
law. Over the last six years she was a consultant in the litigation
and arbitration practice of SRS Advogados and is vice-president of
the Lisbon Commercial Arbitration Centre (CCIP), a member of the
ICC Arbitration Committee and of ICC Portuguese national
According to José-Miguel Júdice, Head of PLMJ
Arbitration, "we are very pleased with Mariana
França Gouveia's decision to join PLMJ Arbitration. As a
professor, arbitrator and lawyer, she is at the forefront of
arbitration theory and practice. With Mariana, we continue to
invest heavily in the quality of PLMJ Arbitration to better serve
our clients in Portugal and, increasingly, abroad. She will also be
crucial to our focus on private and commercial law arbitration
PLMJ Arbitration currently has more than 20 lawyers of five
different nationalities, including eight partners. They have
unparalleled experience in representing clients in arbitrations in
five languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and German) in
a range of jurisdictions. PLMJ is the only Portuguese law firm with
an arbitration team that is independent from the litigation team.
This truly international practice has enabled PLMJ to be named one
of the 100 best law firms in the world for arbitration by the
leading publication Global Arbitration Review. It is the first
Portuguese firm to have achieved this position.
Mariana França Gouveia
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