Laura França Pereira was recently interviewed by Clara Santos, a reporter at leading Brazilian arbitration content initiative, Canal Arbitragem (Arbitration Channel), as part of a series of interviews with arbitrators and practitioners exploring key topics within international arbitration.

Laura was interviewed on the topic of repeat appointments in which she discussed the results of her research entitled “The Brazilian legal culture regarding the appointment of the arbitral tribunal, the duty to disclose, and challenges to the independence and impartiality of arbitrators: an empirical research”, which she co-authored with Naíma Perrella Milani and Bruno Guandalini. The research aimed to analyse the practice of arbitration in Brazil regarding (i) the constitution of arbitral tribunals – identifying the criteria used by arbitrators, lawyers, and arbitral institutions (when acting as appointing authorities) for the appointment of arbitrators, and (ii) arbitrators’ duty to disclose and challenges to arbitrators’ independence and impartiality. The results were published in leading Brazilian law journal Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação in 2019.

The interview explored whether the research confirmed the tendency of repeat appointments in Brazil, whether such tendency was more common in Brazil than in other jurisdictions, whether arbitrators’ lists from arbitral institutions could play a role in repeat appointments, and what the implications of repeat appointments in the Brazilian arbitration practice are.

To read the interview, which is written in Portuguese, please click here.


Laura, an associate in the Washington, DC office, specialises in international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has experience acting in disputes across a range of industry sectors, including banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and retail. Laura’s most recent experience includes representing a consortium of major oil and gas companies in its dispute with a Latin America state arising from the breach of various provisions of an investment agreement.

Laura holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLB from University of São Paulo, where she graduated first in her class. She studied at Sciences Po Paris, as part of her Bachelor’s degree program, where she graduated summa cum laude. She speaks English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

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