Brazil has been attracting lots of attention from the international arbitration community. This has probably less to do with Brazil’s arbitration-friendly legislation and the pro-arbitration attitude of Brazilian judges, and more to do with the following facts:
1. - Brazil has been experiencing a significant economic growth during the last few years. Along with such growth there has been a significant increase in the number of international arbitrations involving Brazilian parties.
2. - Brazil has become a capital exporter. In 2006 alone, Brazilian capital outflows overseas have surpassed the inflows of foreign direct investment to Brazil. The total amount of Brazilian foreign direct investment abroad is now superior to $106 billion U.S. dollars (Múltis brasileiras crescem mais no exterior at O Globo, January 21, 2007, at 31). The more contracts Brazilian investors sign, the more arbitrations there will be in the future involving Brazilian parties.
I believe that Brazil will play a major role in international arbitration in the coming years. There should be plenty of work for international arbitration practitioners in Brazilian-related arbitrations.