The Latin American Studies curriculum at Stanford benefits from the wide-ranging expertise of affiliated faculty from a variety of disciplines.

Patricia Galvão Ferreira


Patrícia Galvão Ferreira holds a doctorate (SJD) in Law and Development from the University of Toronto Law School, which she earned after nearly twenty years of working in the fields of human rights and international development.  Her professional experience ranges from litigating major Brazilian human rights cases before international bodies to leading grassroots NGOs, to grant making with the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa.  She holds an LLM (Masters) degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School and a JD from the Law School at the Federal University of Bahia, in her native Brazil. Dr. Ferreira earned her SJD concurrently with an interdisciplinary doctorate in Dynamics of Global Change, from the Munk School of Global Affairs, also at the University of Toronto.

Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Breaking the Weak Governance Curse: Global Regulation and Governance Reform in Resource-Rich Developing Countries” was awarded the Alan Marks Medal for outstanding thesis of the academic year.  The dissertation examines how public and private policy actors are using an expanding menu of traditional and innovative global regulatory instruments to address the domestic governance deficit in resource-rich developing countries.

Dr. Ferreira is a research associate at the Institute for Studies on Labor and Society (IETS), in Rio de Janeiro, and her research interests include law and development, political economy of development, global governance, international law, the management of natural resources and corporate social responsibility. During the 6-month period she will be in residence at Stanford, Dr. Ferreira will tap into the extensive work on natural resources management, governance and development led by fellows of the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL), to investigate whether or not the newly found significant pre-salt oil deposits offshore the Brazilian southeast coast could negatively affect Brazilian democratic institutions. Her other on-going research projects include the theoretical and policy implications of recent transnational public private partnerships such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to the evolving global governance field.

March 2013 - August 2013

Visiting Scholars, 2013-2014

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