Pedro Fortes is a Professor of Law at FGV Law School (Rio de Janeiro) and a state public prosecutor (on leave). He holds a LLB from UFRJ, a BA in Business from PUC-Rio, a MBE in Environmental Sciences from COPPE-UFRJ, a LLM from Harvard, a JSM from Stanford and is currently reading for a DPhil at Oxford under the supervision of Professor Denis Galligan.

Pedro has been a Visiting Professor at WB NUJS (India), a Visiting Scholar at the Goethe Universität (Germany) and a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute (Germany). Among his academic honours, he was selected for the IV IJFF (2011), nominated for the Podgórecki Prize (2014), and received teaching awards by classes of 04, 05, and 11. A former Attorney of the Brazilian Central Bank, Pedro has published his work in English, Portuguese, and German, gave more than 100 interviews on Brazilian legal issues and was heard as a legal expert at the State Assembly of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian Federal Congress.

At Oxford, he convenes the Law and Public Affairs Discussion Group, teaches Comparative Constitutional Law at the Stanford Programme in Oxford, organises the UCL-Oxford Graduate Conference on Latin American Law and Policy, and is regularly an ad-hoc researcher for the Oxford Pro Bono Publico.


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  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'Advocacia contemporânea e perspectiva crítica' in P Fortes (ed), Formação da advocacia contemporânea (FGV 2015) (forthcoming)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, Formação da advocacia contemporânea (FGV 2015)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'How legal indicators influence a justice system and judicial behavior' (2015) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (forthcoming)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'How socio-legal norms emerge within complex networks' (2015) Florida International University Law Review (forthcoming)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'We the fans: should international football have its own constitution?' (2015) Southwestern Journal of International Law (forthcoming)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'A constituição ativista' in F Asensi, D Giotti (ed), Tratado de Direito Constitucional (Elsevie 2014)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'Admirável mundo novo pós-colonialista: descolonizando o ensino jurídico' in P Fortes (ed), Globalização do ensino jurídico (FGV 2014)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'Affirmative cinema: when film-makers defend minorities' in M Asimow, K Brown, D Papke (ed), Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'Das Brasilianische Sportfan-Gesetz: eine Einführung für das deutsche Publikum' (2014) Mitteilungen der Deutsch-Brasilianischen Juristenvereinigung
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'Direitos e restos humanos: uma hipótese para o enfrentamento jurídico-penal da tortura no Brasil' (2014) 1 Revista de Estudos Empíricos em Direito
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, Globalizacão do ensino jurídico (FGV 2014)
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'A responsabilidade coletiva de torcidas organizadas' (2013) Revista do Ministério Público do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'The Law Relating to Brazilian Sports Fans: an Introduction for a British Audience' (2013)  Entertainment and Sports Law Journal
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'War and Peace Among Organized Supporters Groups: the challenge of ensuring safety in football stadiums' (2013) Football and Socioeconomic development, Caderno FGV Projetos
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'The class action paradox: a comparative mirror for a reflection on law and social change in India' (2009) Journal of Indian Law and Society
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'O julgamento antecipado da lide penal' (2005) Revista do Ministério Público do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  • Rubim Borges Fortes, 'A imputação como base para análise das hipóteses de suspensão condicional do processo' (2004) Revista do Ministério Público do Estado do Rio de Janeiro


Research Interests

Socio-Legal Studies; Jurisprudence; Collective Redress; Civil Procedure; Constitutional Theory; Comparative Law; Human Rights; Consumer Law; Environmental Law; legal education.

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