Pedro Sousa Uva


Pedro Sousa Uva is an international dispute resolution lawyer focused in international arbitration and cross-border disputes. He is Of-Counsel at the Lisbon based full service law firm pbbr. Pedro headed the arbitration and litigation department of the firm until October 2018.

As to date, Pedro has gathered over 15 years of work experience in Dispute Resolution. Before joining pbbr, he handled at Miranda law firm international disputes, often based in former Portuguese colonies in Africa or Asia. Seconded to the London office of Wilmer Hale in 2009/2010, Pedro worked on international arbitration matters alongside a worldwide team of lawyers. He started his career at Abreu Advogados, where he represented foreign and national clients in court and arbitral proceedings for nearly a decade.

Pedro holds a LL.M degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from the School of International Arbitration (Queen Mary University of London). Before graduating in Law at the Lisbon Law School of the Portuguese Catholic University (2003), he studied as a scholarship student International Arbitration at the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 2001/2002. Pedro is a regular speaker on arbitration events and hosts Pedro Souva Uva conferences, including São Paulo, Vienna and Lisbon. He was one of the invited lecturers for the 7th Post Graduation Course of Arbitration at the University Nova, in Lisbon (2018).

Pedro co-chaired the Sub40 Committee of the Portuguese Association of Arbitration (APA) from 2013 to 2018, being an active member of the Co-Chairs Circle (CCC). He was a member of APA’s Ethics Committee. Pedro co-founded AFSIA Portugal (2010), the national branch of Alumni & Friends of the School of International Arbitration (AFSIA).

During the last years, Pedro authored several articles on international and national arbitration topics, notably “International Arbitration Shifting East”, published in Iberian Lawyer in December, 2017, “Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2016” (co-author, Portugal; 11th Edition), “World Arbitration Reporter -2nd Edition” (co-author, Jurisnet 2014), “Interim Measures in International Arbitration - Chapter 30 (Portugal)” (co-author, Jurisnet 2014) and “Portugal finally approves its new arbitration law” (co-author, Revue de Droit Des Affaires Internationales / International Business Law, no. 3, June 2012). His dissertation was published in the American Review of International Arbitration under the title “A Comparative Reflection on Challenge of Arbitral Awards Through the Lens of the Arbitrator’s Duty of Impartiality and Independence”.

Pedro has been recently considered a leading individual in Portugal by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) – Arbitration 2019.

The idea for YAR was born in London and put into practice by the co-founders Pedro Sousa Uva and Gonçalo Malheiro in January, 2011. It is a pioneer project as it was the first under40 international arbitration review ever made.