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William Freire

William Freire

Founding Partner


Founding and managing partner of the law firm William Freire Advogados Associados, his law degree is from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is a professor of Mining Law and Environmental Law applied to Mining in several post-graduate courses, and the author of over 100 specialized articles.

William Freire is a speaker of international demand, and has taught at the Curso Internacional de Verano: Derecho de Minería, Medio Ambiente, Gestión Social e Uso de Recursos Hídricos em Actividades Mineras, at the Law School of the Universidade San Martin de Porres. Lima, Peru, in February 2011, in Chile and Argentina, and also to the members of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Mozambique.

He is an arbiter of the Minas Gerais Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration – CAMINAS and Business Arbitration Chamber – BRASIL – CAMARB.


Annotations on Brazilian Mining Code (2nd. ed., Editora Aide, Rio de Janeiro, 1996). Mining Law Review (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 1997. Tomo I – Coordinator). Brazilian Environmental Law (Editora Aide, Rio de Janeiro, 1998). Mining Law Review (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2000. Tomo II – Coordinator). Appeals to the Superior Court and the Supreme Court (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2002). Civil Appeals and Their Processing by the Courts (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2003). Environmental Law Applied to Mining (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2005). Mineral Law Collection (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2005). Legal Nature of Exploration Consent, Exploitation Consent and Mine Claims in Brazilian Law (Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2005). Brazilian Mining Code. English version (Jurídica Editora, Belo Horizonte 2008 – Co-translator). Mining Law Dictionary. English – Portuguese (2nd. ed., Editora Revista de Direito Minerário, Belo Horizonte, 2008 – Co-author). Environmental Crisis and Negotiation Management (Del Rey, Belo Horizonte, 2009). Dictionary of Environmental Law and Technical Environmental Vocabulary (2nd. ed., Editora Mineira, Belo Horizonte, 2009 – Coordinator). Mining, Energy and Environment (Jurídica Editora, Belo Horizonte, 2010 – Co-coordinator). Fundamentals of Mining Law (Jurídica Editora, Belo Horizonte, 2010). Annotated Mining Code and Complementary Mining Legislation (5th. ed., Mandamentos, Belo Horizonte, 2010). Controversial aspects of Mining and environmental Law (Jurídica Editora, Belo Horizonte, 2013. Co- coordinator). Mineral Law Collection (Jurídica Editora, Belo Horizonte, 2014).
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