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Jessica Carvalho Morris

Jessica Carvalho Morris
Director of International Graduate Law Programs
J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Bacharel em Direito (J.D. equivalent), Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil

Telephone: 305-284-5402   |   Office: A316A
E-mail: jmorris@law.miami.edu
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Professor Jessica Morris is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences on international human rights and constitutional law in the U.S. and Latin America.

Panelist: The impact of globalization on legal education: a comparative analysis
Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil Secao Rio Grande do Norte/Natal, Brazil; September 2011

Presenter: Separation of Powers in the War on Terror
Universidade Potiguar/Natal, Brazil; September 2011

Presenter: Human Rights 10 years after September 11th
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte/Natal, Brazil; September 2011

Presenter: Torture, Guantanamo and the U.S. legal system
Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC)/Sao Paulo, Brazil; May 2011

Presenter: Separation of Powers under the Guantanamo Bay
Brazilian Bar Association/Sao Paulo, Brazil; May 2011

Presenter: Guantanamo Bay: 9 years of violations of human rights and U.S. Law
Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; March 2011

Presenter: 9 years of Guantanamo, the Obama Era and what changes with the execution of Osama Bin Laden
Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC)/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; May 2011

Keynote: The Activist Lawyer
50th Anniversary of Amnesty International, Annual General Meeting, Amnesty International USA, San Francisco, CA; March 2011

Panelist: International Law and press freedom in the Americas
Chapultapec Project Conference, Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC)/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; May 2010

Presenter: Era Obama and Guantanamo Bay
Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; March 2010

Panelist: Why Civil Law attorneys should know more about Common Law
Brazilian Bar Association/Brasilia (OAB/Brasilia), Brazil; March, 2010

Presenter: Human rights in the Obama Era
Brazilian School for Diplomats (Instituto Rio Branco), Brasilia, Brazil; March 2010

Presenter: Recent developments in U.S. constitutional law and judicial review
Federal University of Pernambuco School of Law, Recife, Brazil; March 2010

Presenter: Torture Then and Now: Lessons learned from the Brazilian Experience and the Work of Amnesty International
Columbia University School of Law Human Rights Institute, New York; January 2010

Presenter: The American electoral system, does it work?
Universidade de Jaboatao School of Law, Pernambuco, Brazil; June 2009

Moderator: Righting Wrongs? The Inter-American System of Human Rights after 50 Years
Inter-American Law Review Symposium, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida; March 2009

Presenter: The Importance of Multiculturalism for the Human Rights movement
Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International, Washington D.C.; April 2008

Presenter: The Electoral system in the United States and the upcoming elections
University of Panama, Panama; November 2007

Moderator: Recent developments in Immigration Law Regional
Conference of Amnesty International, Miami, Florida; October 2007

Presenter: Abolitionist movement in the US (Spanish)
Regional Conference of Amnesty International, Miami, Florida; October 2007

Presenter: The "War on Terror" and Human Rights State
Meeting of Amnesty International, Boca Raton, Florida; April 2007

Presenter: How can we build a multicultural Human Rights movement?
Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; March 2007

Presenter: Current challenges to the promotion of International Human Rights
Universidade Potiguar do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil; June 2007

Presenter: Building a multicultural Human Rights movement
Regional Conference of Amnesty International, New Orleans, Louisiana; November 2006

Presenter: Violence Against Women as a Human Rights Violation
Florida State Meeting of Amnesty International, Miami, Florida; February 2006

Presenter: Current state of International Human Rights
Universidade Potiguar do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil; July 2005

Presenter: Paper on Hate Speech Over the Internet
Seminar between the University of Miami and the University of Leipzig, Germany, in Miami, Florida; March 2002

Presenter: Paper on Criminal Law in the Face of Current Tendencies Regarding Criminology
First Congress of The Americas on Criminal Science, Recife, Brazil; May 2000

Presenter: Paper on Current Tendencies in Criminology and the Possibility of their Implementation in Brazil
Sixth Conference of the Center of Applied Social Sciences, Natal/RN, Brazil; 2000; paper was later published in the journal of the conference.

Presenter: Paper on Domestic Violence Against Women and the Actions of the Public Ministry in CearĂ¡-Mirim Conference of Environmental Law, Natal/RN, Brazil; June 1998

Presenter: Article on the Considerations on the Reform of the Judiciary
50th Annual Reunion of Brazilian Society of Cultural Research, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal/RN, Brazil; July 1998

IN THE MEDIA

Selected Interviews

Interviewed by NBC Nightly News regarding the protests in Brazil. June 2013.

Interviewed in English by CNN International and in Spanish by CNN Spanish, and Univision National and Regional regarding Amnesty International's Report on immigration control measures resulting in a pattern of human rights violations. March 2012.

Interviewed on WLRN/NPR News, Terra Noticias (in Spanish) and Miami Times regarding the high profile case of Troy Davis and the imposition of the death penalty. September 2011.

Interviewed in Spanish on Terra Noticias regarding the imposition of the death penalty in the high profile case of Casey Anthony. June 2011.

Interviewed in Spanish on GEN-TV regarding the constitutional challenges to the Arizona immigration law and the federal healthcare reform law. Also weighed in the discussions arising from the threats by a Florida pastor to burn the Koran to mark the September 11 anniversary, and in the issue of whether the new full-body scans instituted by the Transportation Security Administration violate constitutional rights. August through November 2010.

Interviewed in Spanish on GEN-TV regarding the legality of holding detainees in Guantanamo Bay. May 8, 2008.

Interviewed in Spanish regarding the case Texas v. Medellin currently before the Supreme Court. Addressed the right to consular representation pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the violation of that right by the U.S. as it relates to foreign nationals currently on death row. Aquí y Ahora, Univision. October 18, 2007.

Participated in TV show Ultima Palabra on GenTV regarding the death penalty. The one hour show discussed the death penalty and its implications. Highlighted the problems with the application of the death penalty including its ineffectiveness as a deterrent, the risk of executing innocents and current world trend towards abolitionism. September 4, 2007.

Quoted in the Miami Herald. "Dad's lessons, wisdom help shape our lives," column by Ana Menendez. June 17, 2007.

Interviewed by news program on Channel 7 regarding the fifth anniversary of Guantanamo Bay and its detainees. January 2007.

Quoted in the Miami Herald regarding the use of torture. "A harrowing tale, and a plea for the future," column by Ana Menendez. February 25, 2006.

Interviewed by Neida Sandoval host of TV show Despierta America, Univision, about the Supreme Court's decision on Roper v. Simmons, ruling by five votes to four that the use of the death penalty against people under the age of 18 at the time of the offence contravenes the US Constitutional ban on "cruel and unusual punishments." The decision, delivered on March 1, 2005, meant that the lives of over 70 child offenders on U.S. death rows would be spared and no others would be sentenced to death. March 2, 2005.