Environmental Law Expert from Brazil Teaches at IU McKinney Law


Professor Stella Santana from Faculdades Integradas Espirito Santenses (FAESA) is teaching “The Law and Legal System of Brazil” in the spring semester 2013.

She has visited IU McKinney each of the past four years for the Program in American Law, which the law school conducts for students and professors from Brazil – and she was a visiting scholar at the law school in January and February 2012.

Her course provides an introduction to the law and legal system of Brazil, including the sources of law, the organization of the court system, and the regulation of the practice of law as it affects transnational practice.

Professor Santana teaches law at FAESA, located in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil. She began her teaching career in 2002 and also has taught at law schools in Rio de Janeiro. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include international public law, international private law, and environmental law. A specialist in environmental law, she has taught courses on law hermeneutics and argumentation; environmental law; international public law; international private law; and human rights law.

Professor Santana earned her J.D. in 2000 at Faculdade de Direito de Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, which is located in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil; a specialization in globalization, human rights and European Union law in 2003 from Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain; an LL.M. in 2003 from Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro; and an MBE in international analysis in 2005 from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Professor Santana is currently completing a doctorate in environmental oceanography at Federal University of Espirito Santo in Vitoria, Brazil. Her field of study is Integrated Sustainable Management in River Basins and Coastal Zones, a case study of the central north of Espirito Santo coast.

Professor Tom Wilson, who partnered with Professor Santana to create the Program in American Law and recruited her to be a visiting scholar and visiting professor, said “I am happy that Professor Santana has returned to our law school once again. I am especially pleased that this time our students get to interact with her in the classroom. They are certain to appreciate her enthusiasm for teaching and for her native country.”

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