International Advisory Council /

Oscar Vilhena Vieira

Oscar Vilhena Vieira is the Dean of the School of Law at São Paulo of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV Direito SP), where he teaches Constitutional Law, Human Rights, and Law and Development. He has a B.A. in law from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York, an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of São Paulo, and completed his post-doctoral studies at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.

He served as state attorney for São Paulo, was executive secretary of the United Nations Latin American Institute in Brazil, executive secretary of the Teotonio Vilela Commission for Human Rights, and legal adviser for the Center for the Studies of Violence of the University of São Paulo. He participated in the board of Open Society Foundation’s Human Rights Initiatives, and the board of Ethos Institute. He also was a founding member of Conectas Human Rights, Pro Bono Institute and former president of Law Schools Global League (LSGL). He has also been a Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and founding members of the Arns Commission for Human Rights.

Oscar Vilhena Vieira has written several books and academic articles on constitutional law, human rights, law and development. He is a columnist at one of the most important newspapers in Brazil – the Folha de São Paulo – and an active pro bono lawyer in several human rights cases.