Felipe Neiva Volpini is a member of the bars of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Lisbon (Portugal). A national of both Brazil and Italy, he obtained his Law Degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and his International Relations Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, both in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Felipe's practice and studies have always been focused on international economic relations, mainly on dispute resolution and issues concerning trade and taxation. He has argued before several Brazilian courts and advised an extensive sort of industries in issues related to trade, customs, taxation and government procurement. A native Portuguese speaker, Felipe handles work in English, Spanish and Italian.
Before enrolling himself at the University of Barcelona's LL.M. in International Economic Law and Policy, Felipe dealt with the aforementioned practices in his own Law firm in Brazil. In addition, during his legal studies, he has served as a stagiaire in two prestigious law firms in Brazil. In the first, he dealt mainly with contracts, in domestic and international commercial arrangements. During his second term, in one of the ten largest tax practices in Brazil, Felipe spent eleven months dealing with trade and taxation as well as domestic tax issues, both on consultancy and litigation.
Despite of his professional activities, Felipe has always presented a deep academic engagement. During his legal studies, he has served as researcher at CNPq (the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) where he investigated the limitations of the World Trade Organization remedies system. Felipe was also the Coordinator of the Federal University of Minas Gerais Law School WTO - Brazil Studies Center from March/2006 to August/2007 and is currently a Member of the Minas Gerais Industries Federation (FIEMG) Studies Center on WTO Dispute Settlement, of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) Chapter in Belo Horizonte/MG (Brazil) and of the Society of International Economic Law. He was also one of the Members of the Federal University of Minas Gerais Law School Team in the European Law Students Association Moot Court Competition on World Trade Organization Law (ELSA EMC2) in 2005/2006.
Felipe has undertaken many researches concerning international trade, as well as taxation, which include ‘Readdressing the application of the Most-Favored-Nation treatment with regard to Double Taxation Conventions in the European Community Law: possible paths after the "D" case', a final research paper written for a Postgraduate Course at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2008; ‘Effectiveness Dilemmas in the World Trade Organization', his final Law Degree Final Research Paper in 2007 and ‘Trade Liberalization and Productive Reorganization: Impacts over the Brazilian electronics industry in the 1990's', which he wrote as a Final Research Paper for his International Relations Degree in 2005. Felipe has also published ‘The National Treatment Obligation and the illegality in the taxation by PIS and COFINS of the imports to the Free Trade Zone of Manaus - Brazil' in ‘International Law Studies (Curitiba, Brazil, 2006) and presented the same article at the IV Brazilian Congress of International Law (2006).
After graduating from IELPO, he did an internship in the Brazilian Mission to the WTO in Geneva. Since January 2010 he works at Wald Associados Advogados in the fields of dispute resolution (domestic and international litigation and arbitration), tax law (domestic and International) and international trade.
(Last update: August 2012)