Miami Law Director Jessica Carvalho Morris recently returned from Brazil where she established alliances with local prominent organizations and lectured on important human rights issues in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil.
As director of Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs, she was invited to lecture on the War on Terror at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo – a university that partnered with Miami Law earlier this year to develop a short course on international arbitration.
Morris was also invited by the Brazilian Bar Association in Sao Paulo, Brazil to lecture on the Evolution of the War on Terror from Bush to Obama. LL.M. alum Dr. Olavo Franco Caiuby Bernardes, LL.M. '11, also presented and the panel was moderated by Dr. George Augusto Niaradi, the president of the Brazilian Bar's International Relations Committee.
In Rio de Janeiro, Morris was invited to give a lecture to Masters and Ph.D. students as well as faculty at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro on "Legal Aspects of the War on Terror in the U.S.: A Human Right's Perspective."
In Recife, the fifth largest city in the country, Morris lectured on the "Political and Legal Aspects of the International War on Terror" at the Federal University of Pernambuco, a top public Brazilian university.
Morris also held an open discussion with students from the Masters Program in international human rights law at the Federal University. She discussed various topics, including torture, violence against women, children's rights, indigenous rights, among others.
Morris' trip provided the opportunity to expand alliances with prestigious organizations and prominent players in Brazil, including president of the CCBC Arbitration and Mediation Center, Dr. Frederico Straube, law schools, including the aforementioned universities and the Instituto Internacional de Ciencias Sociais, as well as top law firms, such as Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro.
"It is a privilege to go back to Brazil at the invitation of such prominent universities to discuss these very important and current issues," said Morris.