Carlos Nehring Netto (1934 – 2024)

It is with sadness and gratitude that we reflect on the passing of ICCA Advisory Board Member Carlos Nehring who passed away on 26 March 2024 at the age of 89.


Mr. Nehring joined the ICCA leadership body in 1995 when he joined the ICCA Council (as it was then known) and later became an Advisory Member on ICCA’s Governing Board. He contributed a great deal of time and energy to ICCA over the years; he was the author of the National Report on Brazil for the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration and was instrumental to the success of the 2010 ICCA Congress in Rio de Janeiro, for which he took on roles within the Organising Committee and the Programme Committee.


Away from ICCA, Mr. Nehring founded the firm Nehring & Associados, worked as a consultant at Baptista Luz Advogados and taught at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo. He was the Brazilian member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC for three mandates (from 1987 through 1996) and twice served as Chairman of the Arbitration Center of the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo.


Colleagues from the ICCA Governing Board paid tribute to Mr. Nehring. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves said that, “Carlos was one of the “founding fathers” of arbitration in Brazil and he played a paramount role in the development and consolidation of arbitration in Brazil. He was the first Brazilian ever to join the ICCA Council and one of the first Brazilians in the ICC Court back in the 1980s when arbitration in Brazil was still only an aspiration. On a personal note, I had the honor to work alongside with him in the efforts to bring the ICCA Congress to Brazil in 2010 and to chair my first arbitral tribunal having him as co-arbitrator. I could along the years witness his fine legal reasoning and generosity in opening the doors to the next generation of arbitration practitioners. He will continue to inspire the generations to come.”


Adriana Braghetta also remarked upon his ‘essential role’ in bringing the ICCA Congress to Brazil which, she says, “became a landmark in the development of arbitration in the country and in the region”. Adriana added that Mr. Nehring was a “brilliant lawyer and arbitrator, with a kind and generous personality, especially for the younger generations, he paved the way for many, including myself.”


We take this moment to thank Mr. Nehring for his valuable contribution to ICCA and offer our sincere condolences to his family as we celebrate his life and remarkable career.