Luiz Olavo Baptista has practised law for over 50 years as lawyer, jurisconsult and arbitrator, both in Brazil and abroad. He also renders legal opinions on complex matters related to contract law and corporate law in general, arbitration and international law. 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 arbitrations, administered by the ICSID, the PCA, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as by the most well-renown Brazilian arbitral institutions, such as CAM-CCBC, CMA CIESP/FIESP, the Câmara de Arbitragem do Mercado (CAM), and CAMARB, and is part of the body of arbitrators thereof. He also participates in the leading Brazilian arbitration organisations.
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.