Competition Law , EU Law
José Luís da Cruz Vilaça is the founding and managing partner of Cruz Vilaça Advogados, a Portuguese law firm founded in February 2019. His practice areas are European Union law and Competition law.
His prior experience includes more than one decade of service at the EU courts, first as an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1986-88), then as President of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, now the General Court of The European Union (1989-95) and finally as a Judge (President of Chamber) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (2012-18). As an attorney, José Luís was a partner and the head of EU and Competition Law practice at PLMJ (1996-2012).
José Luís studied Law at the University of Coimbra Law School (1966) and was admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 1996. He holds a Masters in Political Economy, Coimbra Law School (1968) and a PhD in International Economics from the University of Paris I (1978).
José Luís is a Full Professor of EU law at Lusíada University and a Member of the Board of Curators, Nova University Foundation (since 2018). He was a Professor at Nova School of Law, Lisbon (2002-12) and at Catholic University of Lisbon Law School (2004-18).
José Luís has also lectured in universities and other institutions of European, North and South American, African and Asian countries on matters of European integration, EU and competition law, International relations.
José Luís is the President of the Portuguese Association of Energy Law (APDEN) since 2019.
“He is one of the people that has most influenced the course of competition law in recent years, and also (now that he’s not at the Court we can say it) one of the nicest people in the world of EU Law (with a talent for surrounding himself with competent and nice people too).” Chillingcompetition.com, 2018
“Professor da Cruz Vilaça’s career is outstanding (…) the experience of a life-time devoted to EU law.” Daniel Sarmiento, in EU Law Live, 2020
José Luís has published more than 100 academic works, including books and articles in Portuguese and International legal reviews on matters of his specialty.
“EU Law and Integration – Twenty Years of Judicial Application of EU Law”, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2014.
“Parental Liability under the ECN+ Directive and its extension to accessory sanctions” (with Mariana Pereira), in Revista Concorrência e Regulação, no. 42 and 43, 2020.
“The Intensity of Judicial Review in complex economic matters – recent competition law judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU”, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford University Press, 2018.
“Légalité et sécurité juridique en droit européen” (with Marie Meister), Entretiens du contentieux, Conseil d’État, Paris, 2018.
“Challenges to the judiciary in the enforcement of competition rules in the digital age” (with Carla Farinhas), Keynote speech, V Lisbon Conference on Competition Law and Economics, 18 October 2018, in Revista Concorrência e Regulação, no. 36, Autoridade da Concorrência, 2018.
“De l’interprétation uniforme du droit de l’Union à la ‘sanctuarisation’ du renvoi préjudiciel. Étude d’une limite matérielle à la révision des traités” (with Frédérique Rolin), Liber Amicorum Antonio Tizzano, G. Giappichelli Editore, 2018.
“Judicial Review of the Commission’s Decisions under Article 108(2) TFEU: past, present and future implications” (with Carla Farinhas and Mariana Pereira), in L’Europe au présent!, Liber Amicorum Melchior Wathelet, Bruylant, 2018.
“The European Federalization Process and the Dynamics of Fundamental Rights” (with Alessandra Silveira), in EU Citizenship and Federalism – The role of rights, (Dimitry Kochenov, editor), Cambridge University Press, 2017
“L’intensité du contrôle du juge de l’Union en matière de concurrence”, Liber Amicorum Marko Ilesic, Ljubljana University, 2017
“Le contrôle de la Cour en pourvoi en matière de concurrence – Quelques réflexions à propos d’affaires récentes” (with Frédérique Rolin and Alessandro Marciano), Liber Amicorum Vassilios Skouris, Bruylant, 2015
“Le principe de l’effet utile dans la jurisprudence de la Cour”, The Court of Justice and the Construction of Europe – Analysis and perspectives on sixty years of case-law/La Cour de justice et la constructiuon de l’Europe – Analysers et perspectives de soixante ans de jurisprudence, Asser/Springer, 2013
Cruz Vilaça Advogados is a new law firm based in Lisbon, in the complex and multi-layered legal spectrum of Portugal and Europe.
However, it has a track record of about 40 years of experience in the academia, in the government, and in the Courts of the European Union, and of nearly 20 years of court practice. It is based on these credentials that we resolutely take up the challenge of difference and plurality of forms in the practice of law.
Our intention is not to do everything because we do not want to do it just anyway. We want to focus on what we are best at: namely European Union Law, Competition Law and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Portugal and in Europe.
It is not our goal to set ourselves against anyone; we rather propose our collaboration to those who consider it an added value.
Combining experience, maturity, youth and modernity, we are used to deal with complex legal issues, major transactions and operations. For the provision of top-level legal advice, we consider it essential to be able to respond to the needs of our clients at all times and in any circumstances, and to respond effectively and swiftly to the challenges that typically come up when defending their rights and protecting their interests.
We do not compromise on what we consider to be our core values: excellence in the quality of services provided, promptness in meeting our clients’ needs, rigor in addressing legal issues, uncompromising ethics in conflict regulation, and deep awareness of our social responsibility.
We have also made a firm commitment to a modernizing Portugal; to a Europe that respects the rule of law and fundamental rights; to the freedom of markets and undistorted competition; to the protection of individual rights; and to the legal certainty of citizens.