Created by decision of the Board and presided since 5 November 2009 by Rui Pinto Duarte, the Council for Commercial Arbitration Practice started its activity on 14 February 2007, with José Miguel Júdice as delegate of the Board and furthermore consisting of the Members António Pires de Lima, António Pinto Cardoso, José Pires Machado, José Lebre de Freitas, Bernardo Ayala, Ricardo Guimarães, António Vieira da Silva and João Raposo.
Having started by focusing its activity on the revision of the Portuguese Law on Voluntary Arbitration, the Council is developing a collection of state court jurisprudence in arbitration matters, with the objective of developing a database.
The Council promotes periodical meetings on topics related to arbitral proceedings, which are open to any interested parties.
In October 2012 Luís Cortes Martins came to preside the Council.
The current Members of the Council are: Luís Miguel Cortes Martins, Armindo Ribeiro Mendes, Daniel Proença de Carvalho, António Pinto Leite, António Vieira da Silva, Mariana França Gouveia, José Carlos Soares Machado, Pedro Faria, Joaquim Sherman de Macedo, Rita Gouveia, Ricardo Guimarães, Manuel Almada, Nuno Lousa and José Luís Dias Gonçalves.