Dr Jorge Graça obtained his Master’s in Development Studies in public policy and administration Specialization in 1992 and a degree in law from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra (1990).

Main areas of practice include:

  • Administrative and regulatory law.
  • Commercial law-companies, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Banking, financial and Capital Market.
  • Foreign investment and international contracts.
  • Legislative drafting.
  • Land legislation including agrarian law and rights in rem.
  • Arbitration.
  • Organizational development.

Career Highlights

  • Partner and General Counsel on CGA Society – Christian, Grace & Associates (June 2011).
  • Partner and General Counsel at MGA Society, lawyers and consultants, Ltd. (1996-2011).
  • Team leader in the preparation of draft legislation such as the law of arbitration, conciliation and mediation (1999), the Decree on tourism of ownership (2006-2007) and the law societies of lawyers (2012-2013).
  • Legal advice to companies, including utilities, within the framework of the legislation on foreign investment, corporate and concessions (since 1993).
  • Consultant in the areas of institutional development and public policy (since 1993).
  • Coordinator of planning units in institutional capacity building project and public sector reform and unity legislative drafting technique and technical advice (1995-1999).
  • Director of governmental institutions, inspection and training organization in the public administration and of Director in electoral offices and of preparation of sessions of the Assembly of the Republic (1975-1988).
  • A member of the people’s Assembly (national)-(1979-1994) and President of its constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee (1988).
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Arbitration of the Arbitration Center, conciliation and Mediation of Maputo (CACM) and member of the Foundation of Africa ADR by the CACM in Maputo (2008-2009).
  • Admitted to the Bar Association of Mozambique, holder of the professional card no. 48.

Timor-Leste:

  • Participation in the evaluation of the needs of the transition to independence of East Timor as a member of the joint mission of the United Nations, World Bank and National Council of resistance of East Timor (October 1999).
  • Lecturer on the first training course in public administration for government officials of transition to independence, sponsored by UNDP (2000).
  • Legal adviser responsible for Justice and public administration sectors in assessment missions and monitoring of Munidial Bank, as part of the Transition support programme (2002-2007) and in the preparation of the national development plan (2007).
  • Team leader of the legal component of the creation of the Special Zone of Social Market Economy (ZEESM) of Oe-Cusse, which drafted the law of his creation and the Statute of the Administrative Authority, by mandate of the Government of Timor-Leste.