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- ), with a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and a guest researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation.

Her PhD research topic is the recognition of rights for LGBT persons in countries with a civil law legal system (between legislation and constitution courts), 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). At the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School in São Paulo, she is also affiliated to the Centre on Gender and Law and the Centre on Justice and Constitution.

Her senior thesis, awarded by the USP as the best of the year, was an empirical study 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 been involved since 2018 in the CMI-UiB LawTransform project “Elevating Water Rights to Human Rights: Has it strengthened marginalised peoples’ claim for water?” and is currently involved in the projects “PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes” and “Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalisation, health impacts and game changers”.


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. Mechanisms for protecting rights of persons with disabilities: the international framework and the cases of Brazil and Portugal. Journal of Constitutional Law, 2021. 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:


PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes