Rui Botica Santos

Rui Botica Santos


Practice Areas
  • Arbitration, Mining, Oil & Gas Law, Sports Law, Air Law, Corporate Law


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese Bar Association since 1995
  • Brazilian Bar Association since 2006
  • Timor Leste Bar Association since 2012
  • Macau Lawyers Association since 2013
  • Spanish Arbitration Club since 2005
  • CAS since 2004
  • AIJA since 1997
  • APDD – Portuguese Sports Law Association since 2007
  • Rexsport
  • Comité Português do Cour Européene d’Arbitrage

Honorary Title
  • Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta – Federation of the Autonomous Priories, in the Democratic Republic of East Timor (since 2009)
  • Grand-Cross of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta – Federation of the Autonomous Priories (since 2009)

Professional Experience

  • Partner (since 1998)
  • Associate (1995-1998)
  • Founder Member of CRA Timor (2006)
  • Speaker at the 1st International Symposium on Arbitration – Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (1997)
  • Writer in Semanário Económico (1994-2004)
  • Speaker at various working sessions at seminars organised by the AIJA (since 1997)
  • Mediator certified by the Ministry of Justice since 2001
  • Invited Lecturer in the Master degree course in International Sports Law, at ISDE-Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Madrid, where he teaches Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (since 2007)
  • Official arbitrator at CAS-Court of Arbitration for Sport, with headquarters in Lausanne (since 2004)
  • Invited Lecturer on the Post-Graduate course in Business Management and Law, in which he teaches Conflict Resolution and the workshop on Insolvencies, at Nova Fórum – Instituto de Formação de Executivos, Faculty of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2003-2005)
  • Positions held on AIJA:
    Executive Committee (1999-2002 and 2005-2008)
    Vice-President for Portugal (2002-2005)
    Finance Officer of the Law Course Committee and Finance Committee (1997)

Academic Education

  • Licentiate Degree in Law from Lisbon University (1992)
  • Post-Graduate course in Community Studies at Lisbon Law Faculty (1993-94)
  • Course in Civil and Commercial Mediation taught by Professor Serge Roy (2001)
  • Short Law Course – Domestic and International Issues, at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, USA (May 2009)


  • Author of various articles on Arbitration and Mediation
  • Author of legal articles in the Semanário Económico newspaper and in working committees of the AIJA.
  • Co-author of “Sports Law in Portugal”, Wolters Kluwer in 2011