Ana Côrtes


PhD candidate, Public Law at UC

Ana Côrtes is currently a PhD candidate in Public Law at the University of Coimbra – UC (2018- ) and a researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation.

Her PhD research topic is the recognition of LGBTQI rights in countries with a civil law legal system (from legislation editing or rulings from a constitutional court), and her research interests include gender, sexuality, diversity, social movements, legal mobilisation, statistics and data analysis.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of São Paulo – USP (2011-2015) and a master’s degree in Law and Development from the Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV (2016- 2018), where she is a researcher at the Centre on Justice and Constitution.

Her senior thesis, awarded by the USP as the best of the year, was an empirical research project on the disparate treatment against transgender persons in the judiciary system in São Paulo.  Her master’s dissertation, in its turn, was written on the participation of civil society organisations as amici curiae in cases regarding transgender persons’ rights in the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court.

Furthermore, she has since 2018 been involved in the CMI-UiB LawTransform project “Elevating Water Rights to Human Rights: Has it strengthened marginalised peoples’ claim for water?”.


Last publications: 

CÔRTES, Ana and Lara Côrtes. Right to Water and Courts in Brazil: How Do Brazilian Courts Rule When They Frame Water as a Right? Water 2021, 13(23), 3362. Available at

CÔRTES, Ana de Mello. A participação de organizações da sociedade civil em ações do controle concentrado de constitucionalidade no Brasil. In: MACHADO, Marta Rodriguez de Assis (Org.). Direito e Mobilização social. Direito e Desenvolvimento – Vol 2. São Paulo: Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, 2020. p. 111-130.

CÔRTES, Ana de Mello. Em busca de diálogo e reconhecimento no STF: a atuação como amicus curiae nos casos relativos a pessoas trans. In: SCHAPIRO, Mario Gomes (Org.). Visões do Direito e Desenvolvimento.  Série Direito e Desenvolvimento – Vol 1. São Paulo: Escola de Direito de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, 2020. p. 53-75. Available at:

CÔRTES, Ana de Mello. Discriminação judicial por identidade de gênero: um diagnóstico. Revista Direito e Práxis 10 (1): 101-128. 1590/2179-8966/2018/30750. 2019. Available at: