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Fabio De Se a Silva

Fabio de Sa e Silva

Assistant Professor of International Studies and Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies
Farzaneh Hall, Room 316
Phone: (405)325-9822
Email: fabio.desaesilva@ou.edu

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Fabio de Sa e Silva is Assistant Professor of International Studies and Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He studies the social organization and the political impact of law and justice in Brazil and comparatively.

Fabio has a multidisciplinary background. He holds a B.A. in legal studies from the University of Sao Paulo, where he received a prestigious CAPES fellowship for studies in law and society. He also attained a Master of Laws at the University of Brasilia Law School and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy, and Society at Northeastern University as a CAPES-Fulbright fellow.

Fabio brings to OU a diversified professional experience. In addition to his previous academic studies and appointments, including a visiting fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, in 2015, he has over 15 years of experience in policy making and analysis in issues of law and justice in Brazil, where he served at the Ministry of Justice and the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and consulted for international organizations like the UNDP, Unesco, and the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

He is married to Michelle, lives in Norman with his two young kids, Joao Pedro and Manuela, and usually spends summers in Brasilia, Brazil to catch up with family, friends, and the Brazilian political scene.

Courses taught:

  • Law and public policy
  • Law and globalization
  • Modern Brazil
  • Corruption

Recent and representative publications (in English):

  • Radicalism, Mythification, and Hard Issues in the Diffusion of "Public Interest Law" Across the Americas. The Georgetown journal of legal ethics 31(3):421, 2018
  • Legal Professionals and Development Strategies: Corporate Lawyers and the Construction of the Telecoms Sector in Brazil, 1980s–2010s (coauthored with David M Trubek). Law & Social Inquiry, 2018, available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/lsi.12310
  • A new republic of lawyers? Legal careers, state power, and political change in contemporary Brazil. Critical Policy Studies, 2017. Early view version available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19460171.2017.1363065  
  • Lawyers, governance, and globalization: the diverging paths of public interest law across the Americas. Oñati Sociolegal Series 5 (5). Modified version published as Ipea Discussion Paper # 223. Brasília: Ipea, 2017. Available online at: https://goo.gl/dsdu4q
  • Making lawyers in BRICS: histories, challenges, and strategies for legal education reform. In: Denis de Castro Halis, Rostam Neuwirth & Alexandr Svetlicinni (Eds.), The BRICS-Lawyers' Guide to Global Cooperation. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Doing well and doing good in an emerging economy: the social construction of pro bono among corporate lawyers and law firms in Sao Paulo. In: Luciana G. Cunha, Daniela M. Gabbay, José G. Ghirardi, David M. Trubek, & David B. Wilkins (Eds.), “The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization”. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Lawyering in new developmentalism: legal professionals and the construction of the Telecom sector in the emerging Brazil, 1980s–2010s (with David Trubek). In: Luciana G. Cunha, Daniela M. Gabbay, José G. Ghirardi, David M. Trubek, & David B. Wilkins (Eds.), “The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization”. Cambridge University Press, 2017.