Introduction to Arbitration


The Course provides students with a first, but in-deep, knowledge of arbitration. The focus is in Portugueses domestic arbitration, but with a strong international flavor, considering that Portuguese domestic arbitration is intensely influenced by international standards. At the end of the Course, students will, accordingly, be able to understand the main features and tools of modern arbitration.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Heleno Terrinha


Weekly - 2

Total - 24

Teaching language



Not Applicable


Mariana França Gouveia, Curso de Resolução Alternativa de Litígios, Coimbra, Almedina, 3rd Edition - 2014 (reimp. 2020)

AA. VV., Lei da Arbitragem Voluntária Anotada, 4rd Edition, Coimbra, Almedina, 2019

António Pedro Pinto Monteiro, Artur Flamínio da Silva e Daniela Mirante, Manual de Arbitragem, Almedina, 2019

António Sampaio Caramelo, A Impugnação da Sentença Arbitral, Coimbra, Coimbra Editora, 2014


Alan Redfern and Martin Hunter, Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, 6th edition, London, Thomson, 2015

André Pereira da Fonseca, Dário Moura Vicente, Mariana França Gouveia and Others (ed.), International Arbitration in Portugal, Wolters Kluwer, 2020

Gary Born, International Arbitration, The Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer, 2014

Teaching method

The course adopts the flipped class-room method where students read and prepare the materials for each topic and classes are used to debate and analyse the different topics of the syllabus.

Evaluation method

The students will be assessed through a mandatory final exam (50%), facultative oral presentations of cases in class (see below) and spontaneous participation in class (50%). If the students do not participate in classes their final grade will consist only on the final exam classification. Materials and cases for each class are available for students to prepare. (There will be a Portuguese version of the exam and students may answer in Portuguese.)

Subject matter

1. Arbitration: national and international

2. Institutional and ad hoc arbitration: the main arbitration centers

3. Arbitration agreement

4. Jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal

5. The constitution of the arbitral tribunal

6. The arbitrator: duties and rights; challenge.

7. The arbitral proceedings

7.1. Choice of procedural rules

7.2. Limits to the choice - the principle of due process

7.3. Standard arbitration proceedings

8. Arbitral award

9. Challenge of arbitral awards