Dr Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Courses taught: International Business Law, International Commercial Law

Leonardo is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Law School in Cambridge. He teaches contract law at undergraduate level. At postgraduate level, Leonardo teaches the following subjects: international trade law, commercial contract and international commercial arbitration.

Untitled Page



Leonardo qualified as a lawyer in Brazil in 2002. Having graduated and passed the Brazilian Bar exam, he worked as a legal assistant at the Rio de Janeiro State Control System Secretariat in the sphere of the Rio de Janeiro State Government. 

After the public sector, Leonardo moved to the private sector and worked at Bitelli Law Firm (Bitelli Advogados) where he was a junior lawyer working mostly with court litigation in matters related to tort law, contracts, labour law and tax law. After three years at Bitelli, Leonardo changed firms and moved to Emerenciano and Baggio Associates (Emerenciano e Baggio e Associados – Advogados) where he was the lawyer coordinating the areas of Legal Support to Business and Litigation and Business Transactions.

In 2008, Leonardo stopped practising to pursue an LLM in International Trade Law at the University of Essex, followed by a PhD where, in 2014, he obtained the title of Philosophy Doctor with the thesis A comparative study of arbitrability of disputes in Brazil and England: is there room for uniformity?

Research interests

  • International contracts
  • International trade law
  • International commercial arbitration

Areas of research supervision

  • International contracts
  • International trade law
  • International commercial arbitration


  • LLB, University Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil
  • Postgraduate Course in Legal Procedure (Direito das Tutelas Diferenciadas) Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil
  • Postgraduate Course in Constitutional Civil Law (Direito Civil Constitucional), Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil
  • LLM, University of Essex
  • PhD, University of Essex

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Selected recent publications

Youseph Farah & Leonardo V.P. de Oliveira, ‘Releasing the Potential for a Value-Based Consumer Arbitration under the Consumer ADR Directive’ (2016) 24(1) European Review of Private Law, 117-142

Leonardo V.P. de Oliveira and Miranda, I., 2013. International Public Policy and Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Brazil. Journal of International Arbitration, 30(1), pp.49-70.

Leonardo V.P. de Oliveira, 2012. Case Comment, Brazil: can labour disputes be submitted to arbitration? International Arbitration Law Review, 15 (3), N-25-N-27.

Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira, 2011. Case Comment, Brazil: the competence of the Superior Court of Justice to rule a conflict of competence between arbitral institutions. International Arbitration Law Review, 14(3), N-21-N-23.