Portugal – A New Hub For International Arbitration Disputes

by André Pereira da Fonseca (Senior Associate at Abreu Advogados in Lisbon)

Introduction

There are over 250 million people who speak Portuguese, being commonly identified as the sixth most spoken language in the world.

It is an official dialect in Angola, Brazil, Cabo-Verde, Equatorial-Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São-Tomé and Principe and Timor-Leste.

Business transactions are entered into daily within a vast territorial space that reaches from Macau’s ruins of Saint Paul, passing through the exotic city of Maputo unto the Brazilian State of the Amazonas. The area of the globe occupied by the current members of the “Community of Portuguese Language Countries” is of 10,742,000 km2 scattered over four continents.

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Lithuania takes Steps to Facilitate Post-Arbitral Court Proceedings and to Maintain Confidentiality during the Arbitral Process

By Tadas Varapnickas, Associate at TGS Baltic, Vilnius

Since 1996, commercial arbitration in Lithuania has been regulated by the Law on Commercial Arbitration which was based on the provisions of the 1985 UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. In 2012, the Lithuanian Parliament revised the Law in accordance with the 2006 amendments to the UNCITRAL Model law. Furthermore, in order to emphasize its international origin, Article 4(5) of the Law establishes that the provisions of the Law should be interpreted in light of the UNCITRAL Model law.

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