2023-07-13T09:01:16+08:002020-11-04|People, Assistant Professors|

João Ilhão MOREIRA

Assistant Professor

Associate Director of the Centre for Studies on Jurisprudence and Legislation of China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Professor Moreira is an Assistant Professor of Civil Procedure Law at the Faculty of Law of University of Macau. Professor Moreira’s research and scholarly expertise center on all areas of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on the interplay between socio-legal studies and alternative dispute resolution, particularly, arbitration. He frequently speaks at conferences around the world on topics related to his areas of research interest.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Macau in 2019, Professor Moreira lectured at the Faculty of Law of University of Coimbra and the Faculty of Law of University of Oxford. He was also a visiting scholar at, amongst other institutions, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, the Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong, the Faculty of Law of University of Seville and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law.

Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Moreira worked as a lawyer for 6 years at a Portuguese Tier 1 law firm, specializing in dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Professor Moreira was educated at the University of Oxford (D. Phil, 2020 and MSt, 2016), and at the University of Coimbra (MSt, 2010 and LLB, 2008).


– Member of the Macau Lawyers’ Superior Council

– Member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Law

– Member of the Editorial Board of the Boletim da Faculdade de Direito

– Fellow at the Institute of Advance Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau

–  Convocator of the Research Circle “Private, Substantive and Procedural, Law Studies”


– PhD in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

– Master in Legal Research, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

– Master in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra

– Post-Graduation in Competition and Regulation, Faculty of Law University of Coimbra

– Bachelor in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra


– Portuguese Bar Association

– Clube dos Arbitralistas Lusófonos

– Lusophone Arbitration and Mediation Association


– International Arbitration

– Civil Procedure

– Regulation

– Socio-Legal Studies

– Competition Law

– Gaming Law


– Grant MYRG2022-00256-FLL from the Research Services and Knowledge Transfer Office – RSKTO, PI, 2022

– Grant HSS-UMAC-2021-05 from the Higher Education Fund, Macau SAR Government, PI, 2021

– Grant CP-UMAC-2021-06 (Specialized Subsidy Scheme for Chinese and Portuguese Bilingual Talent Training and Cooperation of Education and Research), Member, 2021

– Research Grant “Excellent Publication Scheme” by IAS, University of Macau, 2021

– Academic Research Grant 2021 from the Institute of European Studies of Macau, 2021

– Grant SRG2020-00026-FLL from the Research Services and Knowledge Transfer Office – RSKTO, PI, 2020

– Research Grant from the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, London, UK, 2018

– Grant SFRH/BD/108200/2015 from the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), 2015



Moreira, J. I., (2022) Arbitration vis-à-vis other ‘Professions’: A sociology of professions’ account of international commercial arbitrators, in Journal of Law and Society, 49(1), 48-70. (SSCI/SCOPUS) 

Moreira, J. I. & Dermawan, F. (2022), A Tutela Cautelar na Nova Lei de Arbitragem de Macau, Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau, 49, 155-176.

Moreira, J. I., (2022), The Insider/Outsider Divide and the Ethics of Commercial Arbitrators, in Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, 19(2), 132-154. (ESCI/SCOPUS)

Moreira, J. I. & Li, R. Z. (2022), Macau Gaming Operators and the Pandemic: Corporate Social Responsibility is Changing, in Gaming Law Review, 26(1), 335-340. (ESCI)

Moreira, J. I., (2022), Macau’s Approach to the Emergency Arbitrator, in Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific, Volume XXVI, Special Issue, 169-182.

Moreira, J. I., & Vecellio Segate, R. (2021), The ‘It’ Arbitrator: Why Do Corporations Not Act as Arbitrators?, in Journal of International Dispute Settlement, 12(4), 525-557. (SSCI/SCOPUS)

Moreira, J. I., (2019), A nulidade de contratos como consequência da violação das normas de direito da concorrência, in Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra, 95(1), 723-746.

Moreira, J. I., (2016), The Delagoa Railway Arbitration Case: The Geo-Politics of Investment Arbitration in the Late 19th Century, in Transnational Dispute Management, 13(3).

Moreira, J. I., (2014), O não reconhecimento de sentenças arbitrais internacionais no fórum de execução por violação da ordem pública: Uma perpectiva de direito português, in Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação, 41, abr-jun, pp. 293-310.

Moreira, J. I., (2011), Preços predatórios: Encontros e desencontros de jurisprudência e pensamento económico, in Revista de Concorrência e Regulação, Ano II, N.º 6, April-June, pp. 167-203.

Book Chapters:

Moreira, J. I., (2020), The Limits to Voluntary Arbitration in Establishing a ‘Fair’, ‘Independent’ and ‘Accessible’ Dispute Resolution Mechanism Outside Large Contractual Disputes, in Leonardo V.P. Oliveira and Sara Hourani, Access to Justice in Arbitration, Wolters Kluwer, pp.  59-74

– Pinto Monteiro, A.P. & Moreira, J. I., (2020), The Arbitration Tribunal, in André Pereira da Fonseca et al (eds.), International Arbitration in Portugal, Wolters Kluwer Law, pp. 81-95.

Moreira, J. I., (2015), O caso ‘Caminho-de-ferro de Lourenço Marques’, in 100 anos de Arbitragem – Os casos essenciais comentados, Almedina, Coimbra, pp. 9-25.

Moreira, J. I., (2010), “Os Contratos Urbanísticos como Actividade Económica e Mercado Público: A influência da Jurisprudência Comunitária”, in Fernanda Paula de Oliveira (ed.) Urbanismo, o Ordenamento do Território e os Tribunais, Almedina, Coimbra, pp. 553-591.

Moreira, J. I., (2010), Cartelização em Contratação Pública: A exclusão de propostas susceptíveis de falsear concorrência, in Estudos de Contratação Pública III, Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, pp. 201-259.

Book Reviews:

Moreira, J. I., (2020), Key duties of International Investment Arbitrators, in Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, 16(3), pp. 208-210.


Professor Moreira welcomes research proposals focusing on his areas of research interest. Candidates are welcomed to e-mail preliminary proposals prior to submission of an official application.