Name: Pedro Espírito Santo

Local: Portugal

Occupation: Legal Officer at the European Commission

Fields of Expertise: Legal affairs of international cooperation, legal framework of the EU Trust Funds for emergency situations, United Nations' peacekeeping operations, development projects, institutional affairs, and dispute resolutions.

Pedro Espírito Santo works at the European Commission, Legal Affairs of International Cooperation. He is a member of the international negotiations team, responsible for the cooperation between the European Commission and its main international partners, in particular international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank, the IMF or the OECD, development banks, agencies and third countries. Pedro Espírito Santo is also in charge of the legal framework of the EU Trust Funds to finance projects in emergency situations, most notably within the scope of the Syrian crisis and the root causes for migration in Africa.

Pedro is a guest lecturer and coordinator of the seminar on Law of External Action of the European Union at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is a member of the Portuguese Society of International Law (SPDI) and of the International Law Association.

Before joining the European Commission, he has worked at the United Nations in New York, at the Office of Legal Affairs, providing legal advice on policy areas of the organization, including peacekeeping operations, development projects, privileges and immunities, responsibility and institutional affairs, contracts and dispute resolutions.

Pedro Espírito Santo holds an LL.M in International and European Law from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College) and a B.A. in Law (magna cum laude) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.