Expert in infrastructures, energy, urban planning and environment, judicial review procedures and public law arbitration; advising city councils, state-owned companies, concessionaires, construction companies, telecommunications operators and other entities in litigation proceedings.

Lourenço Vilhena de Freitas has participated as a lawyer in various arbitration procedures, some with an international component, particularly relating to public works outsourcing agreements. He has also acted as arbitrator in arbitration procedures.

He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association and a member of the group of experts at UNSCAD (United Nations Security Council Affairs Division). He is a member of the International Law Association, the Sociedade Portuguesa de Direito Internacional and the Associação Portuguesa de Direito Europeu.

He has held several positions in the Portuguese government, including deputy state secretary for tax (2002), deputy-substitute for the cabinet chief of the State Secretariat for Public Administration (2004) and deputy state secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office (2005). He was also a member of the government’s administrative reform committee. In 2002, he worked as a lawyer at Centro de Estudos Fiscais.

He advised on the legislative reform in the oil sector in relation to production, storage and transport; on the reform of judicial review in Guinea Bissau, as a member of Faculdade de Direito de Bissau; and on the General Cultural Heritage Act in Portugal.

He is vice chair of the Arbitration and Litigation Resolution Center at the Universidade de Lisboa and an arbitrator at CAAD – Centro de Arbitragem Administrativa and APMEP – Associação Portuguesa dos Mercados Públicos. He is director of the research project on energy law of the Centro de Investigação em Direito Público (CIDP) at Universidade de Lisboa.

He lectures on arbitration in many postgraduate programs and has been lecturing at Universidade de Lisboa since 2011. He lectures on administrative procedural law, public procurement, European administrative law and European Union litigation law in the Master of Laws at Universidade de Lisboa. He also lectures on public procurement in the Bachelor of Laws at Universidade de Lisboa. In the past, he lectured on constitutional law in the Master of Laws at Universidade de Lisboa. He is a guest lecturer at the ISCSP – Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas.

He teaches on interdisciplinary legal practice (public law) at Universidade Nova and has also lectured at Faculdade de Direito de Bissau.

He coordinated master and postgraduate programs at various universities, including Universidade José Eduardo de los Santos (Angola), Faculdade de Direito de Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Universidade do Mindelo (Cape Verde) and Universidade Agostinho Neto (Angola).

He is a member of legislative reforms commissions in Portugal and abroad, and is the author of several publications and articles.


  • Doctor of Laws (specializing in political and legal sciences)
    Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, 2011

    Master in Political and Legal Sciences (administrative law specialty)
    Universidade de Lisboa, 1998

    Postgraduate studies in political and legal sciences
    Universidade de Lisboa, 2001

    Bachelor of Laws
    Universidade de Lisboa, 1996


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