Luiz Olavo Baptista has practiced law for over fifty years and has acted as lcounsel and arbitrator both in Brazil and abroad. He advised international corporations, governments and individuals in matters related to international investments and negotiations, and participated in the drafting of international agreements.
He has acted as arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes, in proceedings at the United Nations Compensation Commission, under the MERCOSUR Protocol for the Resolution of Controversies, before ICSID, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce the ICC International Court of Arbitrationn. He also participates in the leading Brazilian arbitration organizations.
He was a member of the WTO Appellate Body (2001 to 2009), which he chaired in 2008. He was a member of the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration (1996-2002) and in 1998 was designated Special Representative for Brazil in a fact-finding and mediation mission related to trade issues.
He received his Law degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 1964 and his Ph.D. from Paris II University in 1981. He is Doctor Honoris Causa (Lisbon University, 2009 and Ribeirão Preto Law School of the University of São PAulo). He is a retired full professor of International Law at the University of Sao Paulo Law School.
He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.