Joao Otavio Benevides Demasi

Joao Otavio Benevides Demasi

PhD Candidate at Law, Lawyer in Brazil, Portugal and stablished lawyer in Italy


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Ph.D Candidate at Law=S.J.D./J.S.D. Candidate at Law (Dec-2015-2023-4)

Advisor: Prof Dr. P. Van den Bossche. Former WTO’s Appellate Body Member (Dec-2007-2019).

Co-Advisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Zdouc. Former WTO’s Appellate Body Director (2006-2020).

Thesis: Challenges to the WTO Appellate Body Legal Interpretations: a Diplomat's mise-en-scène.

Description: It scrutinizes the AB jurisprudence in the light of the diplomatic mise-en-scène during the DSB Meetings, and academic critiques, sometimes written with vested interests. It is limited to the disputed cases by WTO Members during the DSB Meetings on the issued AB Reports. It assesses the fairness of these alleged criticisms, the AB adjudicative reality, and proposes improvements. It verifies the systematic coherence and internal consistency of the AB jurisprudence scrutinizing and differentiating AB Reports. It proposes a WTO-AB Theory of Adjudication. It Proposes a Solution to John Jackson GATT's Puzzle.

State of Art: Writing the final chapter.

Education/Academic qualification

LLM at Law, Berkeley Law School

13 May 201526 Aug 2016

Award Date: 26 Aug 2016

Master of Laws (LLM), University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

19 Jan 200912 Apr 2012

Award Date: 12 Apr 2012

Advanced Course on International Commercial Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

11 Jun 201113 Jun 2011

Award Date: 15 Jun 2011

European Law - 396 hours Course, Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (INSPER)

Jul 2007Aug 2007

Award Date: 25 Aug 2007

Bachelor Degree at Law (LLB/JD), São Paulo State University (UNESP)

12 Feb 199928 Oct 2002

Award Date: 28 Nov 2002

PhD Summer School: "Shaping sustainable trade: what role for international trade law and policy?" (4 ECTS) , World Trade Institute, University of Bern

18 Mar 20219 Apr 2021

Extension in Conflict of Laws (International Private Law), Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP)

Sept 2008Dec 2008

French, Alliance Française

Mar 1999Dec 2000

External positions

Stablished Lawyer, Italian Bar Association (OA)

23 May 2022 → …

Member, The Federalist Society (FedSoc)

5 Mar 2020 → …

National Chess Master, United States Chess Federation (USCF)

28 Jun 2019 → …

Member, The American Society of International Law (ASIL)

2019 → …

Lawyer, Portuguese Bar Association (OA)

10 Jan 2017 → …

Member, Society for International Economic Law (SIEL)

30 Aug 2016 → …

Member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

5 Nov 200911 Dec 2018

Lawyer, Sao Paulo Bar Association (OAB)

13 Apr 2004 → …

Member, International Law Students Association (ILSA)

Mar 2001Mar 2002


  • JX International law
  • WTO
  • JZ International relations
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • KF United States Federal Law
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • U Military Science (General)
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • BT Doctrinal Theology
  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World