Graduate Program


Since its foundation, the purpose of FGV Rio Law has been to be a global school. The PPGD, along the same lines, has sought, since its establishment, to invest in its internationalization progressively. The Program aims to be recognized as a relevant debate hub in the regulation field at the global level and to become an international reference in the production of knowledge about the structure and development of the regulatory phenomenon in Brazil.

Focusing on internationalizing and enriching the academic training of students and professors, several activities are carried out aimed at the international engagement of the community related to the Program, with an emphasis on:

  • exchange programs for students;
  • incentives for professors to carry out Post-PhD research at international universities; 
  • courses and seminars given by international speakers throughout the academic year;
  • reception of visiting professors from international universities to carry out research, courses, and give lectures concerning the Program field;
  • courses taught by PPGD professors at international universities; 
  • development of joint research projects between professors from FGV Rio Law and international universities; 
  • academic interaction with international researchers linked to the Fellows in Rio program;
  • participation of the faculty in relevant international events concerning Law; 
  • publications in international journals and collections published abroad; 
  • promotion of international events; and 
  • the maintenance of agreements with several institutions abroad.

The exchange possibilities for students and professors and for carrying out research projects are extensive and include, in addition to the international universities that are parties to the international agreements listed above, also the institutional relations established by FGV Rio Law under the Law Schools Global League

Teaching and research project funded by the European Commission and the Jean Monnet Erasmus+ program. 

  • Varieties of constitutionalism: Contestations of liberalism in comparative constitutional law

Project developed in partnership with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Universities of Hamburg, Jena, Münster, Bochum, Giessen, Bielefeld, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods (Bonn), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS - Potsdam), Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo), INSPER, PUC-Rio, and FGV Direito SP (São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas). The project is sponsored by CAPES-DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and was included in Public Notice No. 39/2018 of the Collaborative Research Initiative Program (PIPC).

  • Anti-corruption Group

Project developed under the Law Schools Global League with researchers from the Universitá Di Torino, Koç University Law School, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law.

The PPGD receives several professors and researchers from international universities to give courses, lectures, and participate in research and other activities carried out by the Program. Find out about the institutions of the researchers and professors received by the Program:

  • China University of Political Science and Law;
  • Columbia University in the City of New York;
  • European Institute;
  • Harvard Law School;
  • Pace University;
  • The University of Chicago;
  • Université de Toulouse;
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School;
  • University of Wisconsin Law School.

In addition, PPGD professors are also encouraged to offer courses and disciplines at international universities. Find out about the institutions where the Program professors offer courses and disciplines here:


  • Columbia Law School;
  • Georgia State University College of Law;
  • Pace Law School.

The PPGD encourages the reception of visiting professors from international universities whose purpose is to carry out research and academic activities consistent with the lines of research developed by the Program. Over the years, the PPGD has received four visiting professors. See their short resumes below:

  • 2018

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David Nathan Cassuto

Full Professor of Environmental Law at Pace Law School - New York/USA. Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE) Officer. Doctor from Indiana University. He currently teaches in the fields of Animal Law, Water Law, and Comparative Environmental Law in Brazil and the USA. Director at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), founder of the Animal Blawg discussion network, and director at the Revista Brasileira de Direito Animal.


  • 2019


Auke Gerardus Francis Willems

Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute since September 2019 and LSE Fellow at EU Law. Speaker at EU Law at the University of Liverpool and Senior Associate Researcher at the IES in Brussels. Editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law. Doctor in Criminal Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



Matthew Caleb Stephenson

Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches Administrative Law, Legislation, and Regulation, Anti-Corruption Laws, and Public Law Economic Policy. He was a secretary to Senior Judge Stephen Williams at the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court. Doctor in political science from Harvard University.


  • 2020


Josef Ostransky

He is a researcher at the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS), researching topics such as international economic Law, international conflict resolution, theory and history of International Law, Law and political economy, and socio-legal approaches to International Law. Doctor in International Law from the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement.

The Program offers several courses and disciplines for its students in English in order to expand academic boundaries and promote the knowledge of important foreign references in the field of the Program. The courses in English are taught by visiting professors and also by the Program professors. Find out about the disciplines in English offered by the PPGD permanent professors here:

Permanent professors who carried out Post-PhD studies at universities abroad:

  • Carlos Ragazzo, University of California, Berkeley;
  • Eduardo Jordão, Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • Fernando Leal, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD);
  • Paula Almeida, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law;
  • Sérgio Guerra, Yale University;
  • Thiago Bottino, Columbia University in the City of New York, with a scholarship from the CNPq.

The statements provided by staff members of Fundação Getulio Vargas, which inform their identification as such, in articles and interviews published in the media in general, exclusively represent the opinions of their authors and not necessarily the institutional position of FGV. FGV Regulation No. 19/2018.

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