Carolina Pitta e Cunha

Carolina has extensive experience as a tribunal secretary in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings. She has been involved, either as a tribunal secretary or as counsel, in international arbitrations involving the application of different laws and rules, and relating to different jurisdictions and industry sectors, including energy, construction, telecommunications, and banking and finance.

Carolina’s first contact with international arbitration was as Jan Kleinheisterkamp’s LLM student at the London School of Economics in 2014-2015. After graduating from her LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law with Distinction, Carolina returned to Lisbon and she started training and then working as an associate lawyer of the litigation and arbitration department at Morais Leitão, a top tier Portuguese law firm, and was admitted to the Portuguese Bar. Carolina gained significant experience as counsel in highly complex cases, namely related to Portuguese-speaking countries. As of 2016, she started working with Jan as his administrative secretary and then also as a class teacher at the LSE Summer School in International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration.

In 2020, Carolina left her law firm to pursue a PhD in law at the Católica Lisbon School of Law, while at the same time continuing to work as a tribunal secretary.  Her main areas of research interest are international arbitration and private international law, with her PhD work focusing on the determination of the content of the applicable law in international arbitration. She teaches civil procedure and international arbitration at Católica.

Carolina has been involved as an author and as a coordinator in different publications and participated as an organiser and as a speaker in several courses and events in her main areas of interest. She is a member of the newly created Diversity Committee of the Commercial Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CAC-CCIP), one of the two Portuguese members of the International Desk of the Arbitration Channel (Canal Arbitragem), and a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the International Association of Young Portuguese Speaking Lawyers (JALP). She was also a co-founder and coordinating members of Portugal Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (PT-VYAP) and is affiliated with several other professional associations related to arbitration, including the Portuguese Arbitration Association (APA), the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitration & ADR Forum (ICC YAAF), the London Court of International Arbitration Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA YIAG) and the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA).