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FGV Rio Law: visionary and bold

A differentiated school

FGV Rio Law has an important and extensive network of international partners and a permanent commitment to innovation in various fields: teaching, research, relations with society, and with the world. The institution adopts different pedagogical strategies in its courses, encouraging collaborative methods, carrying out impact research, promoting extension activities in contact with society and, guided by its pedagogical project, seeks to contribute to transforming the Brazilian reality.


The FGV Rio Law numbers speak for themselves, proving the uniqueness of the school and the benefits it provides.


OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) approval rate per graduated class


Undergraduate students and PPGD since the foundation of the School


Number of cities in which it is present in Brazil through the associated network


Events held in 2020


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Assessments that support permanent evolution

The Assessment Committee (CPA) of FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School aims to improve the school's quality by coordinating institutional self-assessment and using the results thereof to propose important academic and administrative actions. Based on this material, the Administrative and Pedagogical Plans are prepared, which are used by INEP/MEC for institutional accreditation and the recognition of courses.

The CPA has 13 members to ensure equal participation of all segments of the academic community and society, with representatives of professors, students (undergraduate and graduate students and Alumni), the technical-administrative staff, and the organized civil society.

Assessments that support permanent evolution

FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School's Assessment Committee (FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School CPA) acts autonomously and is composed of the following members:

  • Leandro Molhano – President
  • Natasha Salinas – Representative of the faculty linked to the undergraduate and the Degree Graduate Program (Stricto Sensu)
  • Gabriela Borges – Representative of the faculty associated with the Non-Degree Graduate Program (Lato Sensu)
  • Mário Brockmann Machado – Representative of the faculty: Founding Professor
  • Margareth Jacobi – Representative of the technical-administrative staff
  • Laila Almada – Representative of the technical-administrative staff
  • Marco Antônio Amaral – Representative of the technical-administrative staff
  • Luiz Guilherme Pessoa Cantarelli – Representative of the Degree Graduate Program (Stricto Sensu) student body
  • Ana Clara Macedo Jaccoud – Representative of the Undergraduate Program student body
  • Dione Valesca Xavier de Assis – Alumni of the undergraduate program
  • Armando Strozenberg – Representative of the organized civil society
  • Pedro A. Freitas – Representative of the organized civil society
  • Luisa Bottrel – Representative of the organized civil society

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FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School carries out an annual self-assessment according to the five axes indicated by MEC Administrative Rule No. 1,382 of October 31, 2017, which allows for a broad view of the quality of the services provided:

  • Institutional Assessment and Planning;
  • Institutional Development;
  • Academic Policies;
  • Management Policies;
  • Infrastructure.

In addition, the CPA of FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School considers a few fundamental conditions, such as:

  • Participation of the institution's members: to guarantee diversity in the assessment process and the building of the knowledge obtained through the analyses;
  • Explicit commitment of the directors: the support of the directors needs to be evident to provide the necessary seriousness and depth to the process;
  • Valid and reliable information: use of reliable information and its availability by the institution's agents and departments;
  • Effective use of the results: to plan sanitation actions and overcome the difficulties detected, aiming at the institutional evolution and establishing of short, medium, and long-term goals.

The Institutional Assessment indicators of FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School support this process to achieve the short, medium, and long goals.

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Respect and encouragement of diversity


The Diversity and Inclusion Program was established at FGV Direito Rio in October 2018 with the aim of strengthening debates, research, courses, and institutional actions that guarantee a more diverse world. This initiative also strives to contribute towards advancing agendas that promote diversity and inclusion in society.

Founded and coordinated by Professor Ligia Fabris since 2018, the Diversity Program generates knowledge through research, courses, and actions aimed at promoting a more egalitarian and inclusive environment capable of driving innovation and social transformation. Aligned with universities of global repute and influential business groups, the program is firmly committed to creating initiatives that promote and enhance diversity both within the institution and society at large.

To achieve its objectives, the Program organizes both internal and external initiatives that position FGV Direito Rio as a space that champions diversity and inclusion, and combats prejudice and intolerance. Additionally, the program fosters and contributes to academic research that seeks to identify and overcome barriers of discrimination and exclusion in various societal spaces. It also develops institutional diagnoses to guide the formulation of policies and actions for the institution’s internal audience.

The Diversity Program, under the coordination of Professor Ligia Fabris, receives support from the members of the Diversity Committee, who engage in discussions to formulate strategic actions for promoting diversity and inclusion at FGV Direito Rio.

The Diversity Committee at FGV Direito Rio was founded on November 1, 2018, and relies on the expertise of the Diversity Program to formulate institutional policies that promote diversity and inclusion within the Law School. The Committee is an advisory body to the Board and comprises representatives from the faculty, students, technical staff, and external consultants. Its members are involved in developing recommendations and implementing measures that encourage equality, solidarity, diversity, and respect for human rights, such as organizing events, debates, and lectures.

Prof. Ligia Fabris
Prof. João Manoel de Lima
Prof. Silvana Batini

Technical-administrative staff:
Isabela Siqueira

External representatives:
Andrea Pasha
Prof. Kendall Thomas


Banco de Talentos para Diversidade

Conheça o nosso cadastro de profissionais Mais Plural, um banco de talentos para estimular e viabilizar a diversidade institucional na FGV Direito Rio e construir uma comunidade acadêmica, uma instituição e uma sociedade cada vez mais inclusivas, plurais e ativas no combate ao preconceito e à intolerância.

The Esperança Garcia Scholarship, launched in 2022, targets young black men and women facing social vulnerability by providing financial aid for tuition fees during their 5-year undergraduate program at FGV Direito Rio. This initiative is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Program’s extensive project to establish a social inclusion policy that ensures the creation of a diverse and plural academic environment across all levels of the institution. 


Disciplines offered


Desde 2020, a Prof.ª Ligia Fabris coordena o projeto de pesquisa intitulado “Estudos sobre a incorporação do Marco Legal da Primeira Infância em decisões judiciais. Uma análise macrossistêmica dos dados jurídicos de decisões judiciais e avaliação do comportamento judicial”. A pesquisa se dedica a analisar se e como o Marco Legal é utilizado em decisões judiciais e, consequentemente, como isso impacta a vida das crianças e suas famílias, especialmente as mulheres, que são as mães que gestam e exercem o papel de cuidadoras principais. A primeira etapa da pesquisa, desenvolvida em parceira com o Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade da FGV Direito Rio (CTS/FGV) em 2020, contou com financiamento do CNPq; desde março de 2021, quando passou a ser vinculada ao Programa de Diversidade e Inclusão, é financiada pela RPCAP. 


In partnership with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

The Diversity Program collaborates with the FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance in research evaluating the applicability of human rights mechanisms to protect people who face discrimination based on gender, with a critical perspective on the role of law in shaping gender relations, particularly for trans individuals. Prof. Ligia Fabris contributes to examine how gender relations influence specific approaches to international human rights tribunals, with a focus on the Inter-American and European Courts of Human Rights. 

Project funded by the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) of the University of Bielefeld (Germany) 

Through the work of Prof. Ligia Fabris, the Diversity Program was part of the Global Contestations of Women’s and Gender Rights research group at the Interdisciplinary Research Center (ZiF) of the University of Bielefeld. The project, conducted from 2020 to 2021, focused on contemporary offensives against women’s rights in a global context. The group’s research object was the transformation of the notion and semantics of rights into a shared ‘language of contestation’ in three empirical arenas in which the contestation of gender equality is particularly manifest: the gendered division of labour; the instrumentalization of religion; and gendered citizenship regimes and sexual rights. Such partnerships contribute to the formation of global intellectual knowledge and networks engaged in cutting-edge research on gender and women’s rights.

O Observatório de Gênero na Política tem por objetivo acompanhar e sistematizar as leis, projetos de leis, prestações de contas de partidos políticos e outras ações do poder político que articulam o conceito de “gênero”. A partir de  microdados disponibilizados pelo Congresso, o Tribunal Superior Eleitoral e o Supremo Tribunal Federal, está sendo construída uma base de dados, para observar os modos como o conceito de gênero tem sido mobilizado e utilizado na regulação das práticas políticas. O interesse é subsidiar uma avaliação do impacto e da eficácia de algumas políticas (como a utilização de 30% do Fundo Partidário para candidaturas femininas) e de outros usos do conceito de gênero.

Research in partnership with Humboldt University Berlin and USP 

The project, occurring from 2021 to 2023, is funded by DFG and its Brazilian equivalent, CAPES. It brings together a total of 26 researchers – among them, Prof. Ligia Fabris – from 16 institutions in Germany and Brazil. In it, it is possible to map contemporary varieties of constitutionalism and evaluate challenges and alternatives to liberal constitutionalism in Germany, Brazil, and the respective regional contexts. The project intervenes in global debates in the field of comparative constitutional law and contributes a legal perspective to broader discussions about the challenges of liberalism. One of the lines within the research is the project “Representation deficits in the democratic systems in terms of gender, race and social status” in partnership with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. This research is part of the Workstream axis on varieties of democratic constitutionalism, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Phillip Dann.


Primeira Infância no Poder Judiciário e Regimes de Cuidado

Mulheres na política e Violência Política de Gênero

Questões de gênero, igualdade e direitos de pessoas trans

Extension projects

Elaboration of a bill to combat Gender-Based Political Violence

The aim of combating gender-based political violence is to ensure that all citizens, regardless of gender, can exercise their political rights without fear of violence or intimidation. This requires the establishment of effective mechanisms to identify, prevent, and sanction acts of gender-based violence in politics, and the development of public policies to eradicate such violence.

By studying the specialized literature on the subject and analyzing legislative experiences in Latin America, the team involved in the project, conducted under the guidance of Prof. Ligia Fabris in collaboration with Prof. Silvana Batini, gained valuable insights that helped in the construction of the bill to combat gender-based political violence. Some of the laws studied were the Laws of Uruguay (Ley 18.476/2009 and Proyecto de Ley Integral para Garantir a Mujeres una Vida Libre de Violencia basada Género/2016), Bolivia (Ley 243/2012), and Mexico (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). 

The proposed bill, based on the work and collaboration of the student body and strengthened by a technical team with the help of several specialized entities, aims to (i) eliminate individual and/or collective acts, behaviors, and manifestations of gender political violence that directly or indirectly affect the exercise of political and/or public functions of individuals; (ii) ensure the exercise of political rights; and (iii) develop and implement public policies to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence in politics.

The Diversity Program proposed the Field Project “Systematizing the Rights of Candidates” in 2020, which resulted in the creation of the first edition of the Women in Politics Booklet. The booklet aims to provide women interested in running for electoral office with all the necessary information to assert their rights and present a competitive candidacy. Its content was developed by a group of FGV Direito Rio students and reviewed by Prof. Ligia Fabris, with supervision by Gabriela de Brito Caruso. Additionally, Regional Electoral Prosecutor in Rio de Janeiro, Prof. Silvana Batini, participated in reviewing the material.

In 2023, the second edition of the material was published, which was the result of the Political Training Course for Women. This initiative was proposed by the Diversity Program, with support from the Center for Studies on Contemporary Inequalities and Gender Relations (NUDERG/UERJ) and the Fluminense Forum More Women in Politics, and received funding from the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro. 

Staying true to its original objective, the booklet has been updated to further establish the rights, duties, and precautions that candidates should take. The content covers a range of topics, from the party affiliation process to accountability, with particular emphasis on laws related to women’s rights in politics and the issue of gender-based political violence.

The new edition of the booklet includes an important addition, which is the explanation of Gender-Based Political Violence. Therefore, it presents the differences between political violence and gender political violence in an instructive way. It provides a list of behaviors that are considered as gender-based political violence and explains the legal ways for women to make complaints and fight for their rights in an objective manner. 

The material was revised and updated by Ana Silva Rosa and Giovanna Monteiro, with oversight by Prof. Ligia Fabris, review by Vitória Gonzalez, and support from Gabriela de Brito Caruso.

The second edition of the booklet can be accessed here (in Portuguese). 


forum fluminense

O Fórum Fluminense Mais Mulheres na Política é um espaço diverso e pluripartidário criado para acompanhar a participação das mulheres nas eleições. Seus objetivos são estimular a participação democrática das mulheres candidatas e militantes nas decisões dos partidos políticos sobre o uso do financiamento público de campanha, bem como acompanhar as estratégias para garantir que, no mínimo, 30% dos recursos do Fundo Especial de Campanha Eleitoral sejam distribuídos para as candidaturas femininas. O fórum nasceu em 2018 na Fundação Getúlio Vargas no Rio de Janeiro, por iniciativa da Prof.ª Ligia Fabris, e reúne pesquisadoras feministas, advogadas e representantes da sociedade civil (ONGs). Por meio de reuniões e workshops, dialogamos com advogadas, pré-candidatas aos cargos eleitorais, coordenadoras de campanhas e membros das secretarias executivas de mulheres de diferentes partidos políticos, divulgando e tecendo estratégias para ampliar o acesso das mulheres à política.

sustentação stf

Em 2017, na clínica sobre financiamento de campanhas de mulheres da FGV Direito Rio – em parceria com organizações não governamentais que têm por objetivo avançar nas pautas pelos direitos das mulheres e no fim da desigualdade de gênero –, desenhamos argumentos a serem apresentados perante o Supremo Tribunal Federal no bojo da Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade (ADI) nº 5617. A ADI, deflagrada pela Procuradoria-Geral da República, tinha por objeto a impugnação de dispositivo da Lei 13.165/2015 (Minirreforma Eleitoral de 2015) cujo objetivo era regular o financiamento de candidatas mulheres em desacordo com os avanços conquistados, institucionalizando a desigualdade de gênero em matéria de representação política no Brasil. A Clínica, representando a CEPIA – Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação –, atuou como amicus curiae, tendo a Prof.ª Ligia Fabris feito sustentação oral perante o STF. Por maioria de votos, o STF decidiu que a distribuição de recursos do Fundo Partidário para o financiamento das campanhas eleitorais das candidaturas de mulheres deve ser feita na exata proporção do número de candidaturas de ambos os sexos, observado o patamar mínimo de 30% de candidatas previsto no artigo 10, parágrafo 3º, da Lei 9.504/1997.

The “Leia Mulheres” (Read Women, in English) campaign was promoted on FGV Direito Rio’s social media networks. Professors were invited to suggest notable books written by women, both in the technical and literary fields. The goal of the campaign was to showcase important works by women, encouraging students, faculty and staff to recognize and engage with women’s intellectual contributions, which are often overlooked in reading lists.


The Rio de Janeiro Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas was created in 2002 to offer the country a new model of legal education capable of producing leaders to think about Brazil in the long term.


To build a Law School that is a reference in Brazil in leading areas of the private sector, government, and civil society, creating leadership that thinks about Brazil in the long term, and to be a benchmark in legal education and research contributing to the country’s development and advancement.

Methodological pluralism and multiple educational resources

FGV Rio Law innovates by offering methodological pluralism and multiple educational resources to meet each student's specific purposes. In addition to the collaborative, expository and Socratic methods, the School also stands out for contributing to student education with differentiated activities, such as international Bootcamps and Field Projects, which combine theory with legal practice for more significant learning. Through partnerships with renowned universities worldwide, students have direct contact with international students and professors, in disciplines and seminars in English, with learning focused on solving legal problems in a globalized world.

Estrutura Organizacional

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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