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First beneficiary of ‘The Mishcon de Reya Scholarship’, in association with Queen Mary University of London, announced

Posted on 10 August 2022

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Mishcon de Reya has announced the first beneficiary of ‘The Mishcon de Reya Scholarship’, in association with the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London.  

The scholarship, which sponsors a place on Queen Mary’s LLM programme, has been awarded to Brazilian lawyer Orlando José Guterres Costa Junior.   

Orlando studied law at his local state, the Federal University of Maranhão, before receiving his master's degree from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) on its International Law programme. He received scholarships for both degrees and was one of the editors (Ad Hoc Consultant and Peer Review Board) of UERJ’s Law School Journal of Law and of UERJ’s Law School ‘Panorama of Brazilian Law’ Journal.  

Orlando has worked alongside some of Brazil’s top arbitrators, and he is currently Vice President of the Brazilian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration’s Young Arbitrators Committee in which he organized seminars and courses with practitioners and scholars from different regions of Brazil to foster the practice and study of arbitration across the country. Orlando intends to build an international career and has a keen interest in International Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Law, International Law, Investment Law and Transnational Law.  

Orlando was selected by Mishcon Partner Gary Miller and Senior Lecturer in Law Angelos Dimopoulos based on his excellent academic background, relevant work experience that ‘illustrates a committed young lawyer’ and previous experience that ‘illustrates how he has managed so far to excel academically by relying on scholarships, and how this scholarship will be a stepping stone in furthering his education and career potentials.’   

Orlando says, ‘Studying at Queen Mary would not be possible without this scholarship, and I am grateful for this opportunity. I believe Brazil has the potential to become an international disputes resolution hub in Latin America, due to its strong economic relationships with neighbouring countries, and will use the knowledge gained from this programme to help foster the study of international law by Brazilian attorneys.’   

Professor Ian Walden, Director of CCLS at Queen Mary says, ‘Congratulations to Orlando on being the first recipient of the Mishcon de Reya Scholarship. We are very proud to be supporting such a fantastic candidate to achieve his goal to further international law and arbitration in Brazil.’  

This is the next stage in our partnership with Queen Mary University. Mishcon has also pledged a donation of £100,000 spread over four years to sponsor places on the International Asset Tracing and Recovery course, which is being offered in conjunction with Mishcon and Blackstone Chambers. The International Asset Tracing and Recovery course is led by Gary Miller, with Anthony Peto QC of Blackstone Chambers, and features Philippa Rees. This is in addition to our long-standing relationship and our joint access to justice initiatives, including the Black Justice Project, Pink Law and SPITE. 

You can find out more about the scholarship via the QMUL website.  

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