Patrícia Galvão Ferreira is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She holds an S.J.D. in law and development from the University of Toronto, which she earned concurrently with an interdisciplinary doctorate in the dynamics of global change from the Munk School of Global Affairs.  She has an LL.B. from the Federal University of Bahia and an LL.M. from the University of Notre Dame.

While at CIGI, she will research how evolving international law principles and transnational regulatory initiatives contribute to state compliance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. A special focus will be on institutional mechanisms to promote compliance by emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil. A Brazilian national, Patrícia is a research associate at the Institute for Studies on Labor and Society in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar and Joaquim Nabuco Chair in Brazilian Studies at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at the FGV Law School in São Paulo.

Before earning her doctoral degree, Patrícia worked for nearly 20 years in the fields of human rights and international development. Her professional experience ranges from litigating major Brazilian human rights cases before international bodies as a lawyer for the Center for Justice and International Law to grant making with the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa.  Patrícia’s broader research agenda investigates why governments, NGOs and corporations are choosing some forms of transnational regulation over potential alternatives in their quest to promote both national and international sustainable development objectives.