Boaventura de Sousa Santos

ILS Distinguished Scholar

Boaventura de Sousa  Santos

Room 6370, Law School


LL.M., Yale Law School
S.J.D., Yale Law School


Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos is a full professor at the University of Coimbra, School of Economics, Department of Sociology, in Portugal, and a Distinguished Scholar of the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has published prolifically on issues related to law and globalization, legal pluralism, multiculturalism, and human rights, and has taught at law schools and graduate programs in Brazil, England, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Angola, Mozambique, and Spain, in addition to his current Coimbra, Portugal and Madison posts. His most recent book, co-edited with Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito, is Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge University press, 2005). He teaches a seminar at the Law School on Globalization, Law and Democracy during the Fall semester.

Scholarship & Publications

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  • Boaventura de Souza Santos, a distinguished scholar in the UW Law School's Institute for Legal Studies, was awarded a 5-year, $3.2 million grant for a project entitled "Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences." The project's objective is to develop new paradigms for social change in Europe by conducting comparative research in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, France, India, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

  • Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, who is in residence at the University of Wisconsin Law School each fall semester as a Visiting Scholar, has been awarded the Gran-Cruz da Ordem do Mérito Cultural de 2009 (Grand Cross of Cultural Merit for 2009) by the government of Brazil. This is the highest honor conferred annually to recognize a personality or institution making the greatest contribution to Brazilian culture throughout the world.

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