Type: Research Cooperation


Network of Human Rights Clinics

Through the Amazon Human Rights Clinic (CIDHA) of the PPGD, UFPA has signed a cooperation agreement with the purpose of establishing a network of Human Rights Clinics in the Amazon Region. The initiative aimed mainly at strengthening and cooperation between the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), the State University of Amazonas (UEA), which already had their clinics functioning in 2013. In the year (UFOPA), the Federal University of Southern and Southeastern Pará (UNIFESSPA), the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), the Federal University of Amapá (UNIFAP) and the Federal University of Pará (UFOPA). of Brasilia (UNB) that in that year were creating their Clinics.

The objective of the Network is to promote the joint actions of the Clinics in the study and action on social and environmental causes that have effects in the states of Pará, Mato Grosso, Amazonas, Amapá, Roraima and the Federal District, and in maintaining a constant exchange of information regarding human rights. With the creation of this Network of Clinics, four meetings were held in which Amazonian institutions and other invited HEIs were able to share experiences, aiming at improving their respective clinics, which work not only in the environmental area, but also in the area of ​​Human Rights, specifically in defense of Indigenous Rights and traditional populations.


Type: Research Cooperation


National Program for Academic Cooperation

The PPGD has projects approved in the National Program of Academic Cooperation (PROCAD), among them, the project "Repercussion of Decisions of the Inter-American System and Human Rights in the Brazilian Scope", with the participation of the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) and Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UNICAP), with coordination of the PPGD. He also participated in the project "Jurisdictional Protection of Fundamental Rights: bases and foundations for a multilevel constitutional theory", under the coordination of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and the Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP).




Type: Research Cooperation


Latin American Consortium for Graduate Studies in Human Rights

The Latin American Consortium for Graduate Studies in Human Rights ( was created in 2008 and is formed today by 16 universities from seven countries: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina), University of Brasilia (UnB), Universidad Nacional de Lanús (Argentina), Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNIFOR), University of Sinos Valley (Unisinos), Paulista State University (UNESP), Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Federal University of Goiás (UFG). The Federal University of Pará (UFPA), through its Law Graduate Program (PPGD), exercises the Consortium Administrative Office.

Funded since its inception by the Ford Foundation, the Consortium aims to promote scientific cooperation in the field of teaching and research on human rights. Its organization is based on five research groups: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Gender and Human Rights; Ethnic Diversity and Human Rights; Philosophy and Human Rights; Internal and International Protection of Human Rights. In order to fulfill its objectives, the Consortium has already held working meetings and seminars in several of its participating countries.


Type: Research Cooperation


Red Derechos Humanos y Educación Superior

Funded by the European Commission's ALFA Program (2012-2014), Red DHES is coordinated by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and PPGD, with the participation of the following partners: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad Autónoma Juan Misael Saracho (Bolivia), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Technical University of Ambato (Ecuador), University of Brasilia (Brazil), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain) and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). In addition, Red DHES is part of the following collaborating universities: Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), Universidad del Valle do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB) and University of Essex (UK).

The general objective of Red DHES is to improve the quality, relevance and accessibility of higher education in Latin America in the field of human rights. Through the network, seminars, conferences and book publishing have already been held. More information at


Type: Covenants


International Covenants

In 2009, the PPGD-UFPA signed a co-tutelary agreement with the Center de Recherche sur l'Action Locale (CERAL), University of Paris 13. Under the agreement, the then student, and now Professor of the Program, Luly Rodrigues of Cunha Fischer, undertook his Doctoral studies under co-tutelage and defended, on March 19, 2014, the thesis "Territorial planning and municipal planning: case study of the supralocal limitations to the application of art. 30, VIII, of the 1988 Constitution by the Municipality of Parauapebas ", before an examining board composed of professors from both universities. Still within the framework of this agreement, Prof. José Heder Benatti made an exchange visit to the CERAL from November 2 to December 1, 2014.

PPGD also signed a cooperation agreement in 2011 with the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. In the framework of this agreement, the event "UFPA / FDUL Scientific Days" was held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, from February 12 to 14, 2014, under the coordination of professors Marcus Alan Melo Gomes and Fernando Araújo.


Type: Projects


Cooperative Research Projects

In 2014, PPGD-UFPA approved the project "Basic Political Conflicts and the Role of Human Rights: the case of the Amazon region", in partnership with the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Interdisciplinary, involving researchers from the areas of Law, Philosophy, Political Science and Education, the project aims to investigate the importance of human rights and legal methods in social and political conflicts in the Amazon; understanding of the (potential) role of human rights in conflict resolution under conditions of weak, insecure or non-functioning governance - and hence also of the normative potential of human rights and of the reasons for their implementation and of conditions in what the promotion of the rule of law or the rule of law can be effective and work; and to clarify the relationship between the general statements of political and legal theory and empirical research in the social sciences.

Another international cooperation research project is the "From Global Rights to Local Practices: Constitutional Reform and Participation in Latin America", funded by the International Development Research Center (Canada) and coordinated by Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), with the participation of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Technical University of Ambato (Ecuador) and the Autonomous University Juan Misael Saracho (Bolivia). In this project, the PPGD develops research on "Defenders of Human Rights in the State of Pará and citizen participation".