Luisa Cortat

Researcher and Lecturer



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Luísa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves Coutinho (Vitória, 1987) has a Law Degree (2007-2011) from Vitoria Law School (Faculdade de Direito de Vitoria – FDV), a Physics Degree (2005-2009) from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, and a Master’s Degree in Fundamental Rights and Warranties (2012-2013) from FDV. She specialized in Environment and Economics (2014-2015) at the Federal University of Parana. She was an Erasmus Mundus student at the University of Coimbra (2010-2011). In 2016 and 2017, she started the double degree PhD programme at FDV and Maastricht University, during which she spent 13 months (2017-2018) in Maastricht, with a scholarship from CAPES.

She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations University FLORES and a Research Associate at the Global Governance Centre of the Graduate Institute Geneva. She also supervises Master students at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute, from Maastricht University. In the past, she worked, among others, at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (2020) as a guest researcher, at FDV (2011-2019) as lecturer, coordinator of extension activities, coordinator of institutional relations, and head of international relations office, and at the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources of the State of Espirito Santo (2015-2016) as legal coordinator. She has also served as civil diplomat representing Brazil in events like the IMF and World Bank Annual Meeting 2015 and the G20 Youth Summit Australia 2014, in this one as head delegate. She was granted several academic awards, the latest one being the Green Talents Award 2019, which is granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to honour young researchers, recognizing their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable.

She has several works published, in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, consultancies, and annals of events. Her areas of expertise and/or interest include: international environmental law, human rights, law and economics, public international law, environmental law, and constitutional law.