Arbitrator & Mediator Lawyer


T: + 32 2 502 87 08

M: + 32 485 190 301





Bar Admissions

Brussels, 2012
Barcelona, 2011
Caracas, 2002


Venezuelan, Belgian

Areas of practice

  • International Arbitration, both commercial and investment
  • Mediation
  • Litigation

MATA DONA accepts appointments as an arbitrator (party-appointed or sole arbitrator), working in English, French and Spanish but also on cases with significant Czech elements. MATA DONA also offers his services as accredited mediator, party counsel, co-counsel, legal advisor or litigator to individuals, SMEs, law firms, large multinationals and state entities. Furthermore, MATA DONA advises clients who want to do business or establish a company in Europe or Latin America.

MATA DONA holds a D.E.S in European and International Law from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has been trained in both, the Civil Law system and in practices frequently implemented in international arbitration related to the Common law system. Prior to setting up his independent practice in Belgium, MATA DONA worked in the Czech Republic and in Venezuela.


The following are some of the decisions and awards authored by José Rafael Mata Dona in training educational contexts. Awards and decisions in commercial arbitration are not public. Investment awards and decisions are frequently made public by the parties.

LAGAR II, S.A. v TALA S.A. Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid, Case No. 4156/2016, Award of August 3, 2017
IX edition of Moot Madrid, International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition
Arbitral award drafted on the base of the best claimant and best respondent memorials

  • Panelist of the Tribunal Arbitral de Barcelona (TAB) since 2019
  • Member of the Secretariat of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) since 2019
  • Panelist of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International since 2018
  • HK45 Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) since 2016
  • Secretary of the Belgian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) since 2015
  • YSIAC Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) since 2015 until  2017
  • Panelist of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) since 2015
  • Member of the VIAC list of Practitioners in International Mediation and ADR since 2017
  • ASA Below40 Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) since 2015 until 2017
  • CEA -40 Member of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) since 2015 until 2017
  • Young ICCA Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) since 2015 until 2017
  • Member of the Belgian Centre of Arbitration (CEPANI) since 2014
  • DIS 40 Member of the Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) since 2014 until 2017
  • YIAG Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) since 2013 until 2017
  • CEPANI 40 Member of the Belgian Centre of Arbitration (CEPANI) since 2012 until 2017
  • Young & International Associate of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) since 2012 until 2017
  • ICC YAF Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) since 2012 until 2017
Education and Accreditations

Master Negotiator, 2018

Mediator, Belgian Federal Mediation Commission, 2014

Recognition of the Spanish qualifications at Law as equivalent to Belgian University Diploma, Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone de Belgique, 2014

Recognition of the Venezuelan qualifications at Law as equivalent to Spanish University Diploma, Ministry of Education of Spain, 2011

Diplôme d’études spécialisées en droit international et européen, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2006

Law Studies at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela (Law Degree), 2001

Academic positions

Accreditation thesis prepared or published under Jose Rafael Mata Dona’s Co-supervision

Jorge Alberto Linares Calvo y Luisa Fernanda Plaza Erminy, Análisis comparativo del arbitraje comercial frente al sistema judicial ordinario según los principios de celeridad y economía procesal. Facultad de Estudios jurídicos y Políticos, Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Metropolitana. Caracas  2017

Guest Lecturer

International Master in European Studies organized by the Belgian Italian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies of the University of Louvain, June 2013

Legal Competitions

Vis East Moot Foundation
2016, 2017 Memorial Judge

Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot
2017, 2018  Arbitrator
2016, 2017 Memorial Judge
2015  Arbitrator

Willem C. Vis Düsseldorf Pre-Moot
2015, 2016, 2017 Arbitrator

Willem C. Vis Brussels Pre-Moot
2015, 2016, 2017 Arbitrator

Moot Madrid
2017 Arbitrator & Memorial Judge

ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition
2017 Observer

Young ICCA, Joint Belgium and Luxembourg Moot court on Interim Measures in International Commercial Arbitration
2015 Arbitrator

Other activities and engagements in Arbitration

Listed in Newton Arbitration since 2017

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