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Joel Friedman

Professor of Law
Tulane University Law School
BS, Cornell University
JD, Yale University

Joel Friedman, the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law and Jurisdiction, has been a member of the Tulane Law School faculty since 1976.  He is a graduate of the College of Industrial and Labor Relations of Cornell University, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1972, and of the Yale Law School, where he received his J.D. in 1975.  Prof. Friedman served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Irving Hill in Los Angeles for one year after graduating from law school.  After completing that clerkship, Friedman joined the Tulane law faculty.  During his forty year tenure at Tulane, Professor Friedman has been a visiting professor at the law schools at the University of Texas, University of San Diego, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Israel), the University of Tel Aviv (in Israel), the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing) and Beijing Normal University School of Law.  He is a former Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching at Tulane Law School and the 2006 Judge John R. Brown Judicial Scholarship & Education Award awarded by the Federal Judicial Center.  He also is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

            Professor Friedman’s areas of expertise include employment discrimination law, labor law, mediation, and civil procedure.  He is the co-author of one law school casebook on employment discrimination law and another on civil procedure.  He also is the author of many articles concerning employment discrimination law including affirmative action, sexual orientation discrimination and discrimination in educational programs.  He is also the author of the only biography of U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Minor Wisdom.  He lectures across the country on issues concerning employment discrimination law and is a professional arbitrator and mediator. 

         Professor Friedman has been an active lecturer on the subject of employment discrimination law for the past twenty years. During this period he has served as the U.S. Federal Judicial Center's expert consultant on employment discrimination law. In this capacity, he has lectured at annual judicial conferences throughout the country encopassing every judicial district in the nation.

Rômulo Silveira de Rocha Sampaio

Doctor of Laws (SJD) and MSc in Environmental Law from the Pace University School of Law – New York. Masters degree in Economic and Social Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUC-PR. Bachelor’s degree in Law from PUC-PR. Professor of Environmental Law of Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-RJ), in lato sensu post-graduate course and Regulation Masters degree course. Associate professor at the Pace University School of Law. Visiting professor of the Georgia State University of Law – Atlanta. Member of Environmental Law Commission of the Bar Association of Brazil – Section of the State of Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ).

Rômulo has accumulated wide experience in environmental law advisory. Along the years, he has been also practicing strategic environmental litigation before state and federal courts and Federal Supreme Court. He is a founder of the Brazilian-American Center for Law and Environment, a research center linked to the Pace University School of Law. Currently, Rômulo is involved in complex cases of environmental consensual dispute resolution, representing national and multinational corporations.

Roberto Fragale Filho

Montpellier I) and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006), at the Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III (2009 and 2010), and at the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) from the Universidade de Coimbra (grant A month at the CES. 2011) as well as a Fellow of the Institut d’Études Avancées de Nantes (2012-2013).

He is the author or editor of nine books, including Trabalho, Cidadania & Magistratura, with Antoine Jeammaud and Joaquim Leonel de Rezende Alvim. He has contributed to several collective books and published a large set of articles in scholarly periodical publications in labor and employment law, law’s teaching, higher education and sociology of law. He also is an editorial board member of the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal.

Beatriz Galli

Beatriz Galli, Senior Policy Advisor for the Latin American Region at Ipas

Beatriz Galli obtained her masters in law degree from the University of Toronto, where she was a fellow in the International Program on Sexual and Reproductive Health Law from 2001 to 2002. Prior to that, she represented Brazil in the International Center for Justice and Rights (CEJIL), a non-governmental organization specialized in human rights litigation before the Inter-American System on Human Rights. She has published articles on the impact of abortion laws on gender equality and women’s human rights and has developed legal research in Brazil and other Latin American countries on the impact of abortion laws in women’s health, health systems. From 2011-2014, she was appointed the National Special Rapporteur on the Right to Sexual and Reproductive Health for the coalition Brazilian Platform of ESCR. She has been working at Ipas, a reproductive health rights organization since 2006.

Cleber Francisco Alves

Cleber Francisco Alves is a Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense, where he teaches Procedural Law and Topics on Access to Justice. He received his PhD in Law (2005) from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (his doctoral thesis is a comparative study about “Legal Aid in the United States, in France and in Brazil”). He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Baltimore, USA (2003) and at the Université de Montpellier, France (2004), and at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London, UK (2015). He is also a Public Defender with the Rio de Janeiro State Public Defenders, in Brazil. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Universidade Católica de Petrópolis (1999-2002), where he was coordinator of the M.Sc. Program in Human Rights, Law Procedures and Access to Justice.

Marcia Bernardes

Marcia Bernardes is a Law professor at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PUC-Rio), where she teaches undergraduate, graduate courses in democratic theory, human rights, gender, globalization, and international law. Dr Bernardes received her Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) from New York University School of Law. She is the recipient of the Hauser Global Scholarship from NYU and a distinguished researcher of CNPq, Brazilian research funding agency. She is the Academic Coordinator of PUC-Rio Human Rights Center and is a member of the “Red Latinoamericana de Acadêmicos (as) de Derecho (Red ALAS)”. Her academic interests and publications include topics such as democratic theory, human rights, globalization, gender, and political inclusion. She is the author of numerous articles published in law journals, including the International Journal on Human Rights.

Fernando de Castro Fontainha

Professor at the Institute for Social and Political Studies (Rio de Janeiro State University), Head of the Sociology Department. PhD in Political Science at Université de Montpellier 1.Master in sociology and Law by UFF.

Alexandre Veronese

Alexandre Veronese is Professor of Legal and Social Theory in the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) Law School. He has a Bachalor Degree in Law from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, a Master Degree in Law and Sociology from Universidade Federal Fluminense and a PhD in Sociology from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. His current research interests are in the fields of Law and Internet, and Sociology of Law. He teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate courses. Finally, he works as a Legal Advisor in the Superior Tribunal de Justiça (High Court of Justice), in Brasília.

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