Human Rights Speaker Series


Location: B036 Geddes Hall

Brazil and Perspectives on Human Rights: A Case of Grim Hopefulness



Fernanda Bertolaccini

LL.M. Program at Notre Dame Law School

The Klau Center is proud to support this new speaker series, presented by Human Rights ND. The Human Rights ND speaker series brings human rights advocates together with the wider Notre Dame community for informal presentations on current topics in regional human rights.

Fernanda Gianesella Bertolaccini earned her law degree in 2008 from São Paulo University School of Law. She also has a master’s degree in international trade law from USP, with a thesis on the impact of voluntary sustainability standards on international trade. Bertolaccini worked for several years at the Center for International Trade and Investment, a think tank at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo. During her stay, the Center served as the WTO Chair in Brazil, and she served as the Coordinator of Sustainability and Trade where she advised Brazilian trade associations and domestic and international governments. She then worked as a consultant for the Brazilian government on agribusiness market access and investment attraction. Bertolaccini is currently a Ph.D. candidate at USP, with a dissertation on the accountability and compliance footprint of private entities that produce voluntary sustainability standards. Apart from legal interests, she is active in movements advancing LGBTQ political rights and social visibility, and fighting domestic violence against women and children. As part of this work, she has been part of documentaries and urban artistic initiatives, and promoted social gatherings for experience validation and network building.