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Professor Cristiane Derani


Cristiane is a Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil, where she teaches Public International Law, International Economic Law and International Environmental Law. She is also Research Coordinator and Head of the research group on ‘Advanced Studies of Economics and Environment in International Law’(EMAE), as well as a Researcher of the Brazilian National Research Agency (CNPq).

She graduated in Law from São Paulo State University (1988), wrote her PhD dissertation at J.W. Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt a.M. (1991-1993), and was awarded a Ph.D. in Economic Law at USP (1996), where she worked as Associated Professor (1997-2004). She conducted post-doctoral studies at Ecole des HautesEtudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in France, about the Privatisation of Public Services and Sustainable Development (1999), and passed her Aggregation in Lawat USP in 2001. From 2000 to 2007, she was a Professorat Pablo d’Olavide University in Seville, Spain, teaching environmental law and sustainable development. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute (2001), a Visiting Professor at Maison de Sciences de l’Homme (2005), as well as a Visiting Professor at the J.W. Goethe Universitaet (2005). She was responsible for the creation of a Master’s degree at University of the State of Amazonas, where she also taught from 2004 to 2009. She has experience as part of the Brazilian delegation for the COP 8 and 9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. From 1999 to 2009, she worked as an environmental lawyer and was associated with the Union for Ethical Biotrade(2008-2011).

Cristiane has published two single authored monographs: ‘Environmental Economic Law’ (Direito AmbientalEconômico) and ‘Privatisation and Public Service’(Privatização e Serviços Públicos). She has also editedseveral volumes and published numerous articles on environmental law, economic law, biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development law. Her main research areas are in environmental international law, globalisation and sustainable development, climate change and energy governance, food security and trade law.