Dr Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira

Senior Lecturer

Areas of Expertise: 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.



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 worked for five years in two different law firms where he practiced in matters related to tort law, contracts, labour law and tax law. In 2008, Leonardo stopped practising to pursue an LLM in International Trade Law which was followed by a PhD, both at the University of Essex. In 2014, he obtained the title of Philosophy Doctor with the thesis titles “A comparative study of arbitrability of disputes in Brazil and England: is there room for uniformity?”

Spoken Languages

  • English – Fluent
  • Portuguese – Native
  • French – Advanced
  • Spanish – Advanced

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

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Selected recent publications

Leonardo V. P. de Oliveira, ‘Arbitrability under the New Brazilian Arbitration Act: A Real Change?’ (2017) 33(2) Arbitration International, 295-316

Leonardo V. P. de Oliveira, ‘The English Law Approach to Arbitrability of Disputes’ (2016) 19(6), International Arbitration Law Review, 155-167

Leonardo V.P. de Oliveira & Carolyn Beckwith, ‘Is there a need to regulate mediation? The English and Welsh case study’ (2016) 42(3) Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 327–354

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 Isabel Miranda, ‘International Public Policy and Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Brazil’ (2013) 30(1) Journal of International Arbitration, 49-70 (submitted to the REF 2013)

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

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

Recent presentations and conferences

"Inexécution anticipée du contrat en droit Anglais et Gallois", colloque sur "L’anticipation de l’inexécution", CREDIMI, Université de Bourgogne. June 2017.

"Is the definition of consumer in different jurisdictions a problem for cross-border consumer contracts?", CIPPM Workshop on Trading with the Consumer in the Digital Age: Legal Developments, Current Challenges and the Road Ahead, Bournemouth University. June 2017.

Lex Sportiva and its application to contracts., Sports Law Conference 2016: The future of the ‘legal autonomy’ of sport, Anglia Ruskin University. September 2016.

Media experience

On 16 August 2016, Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira appeared on the BBC evening news programme Look East. He was part of the segment reporting breaking news regarding the arrest of Marcus Evans, owner of Ipswich Town FC, for ticket touting during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.