Ana Côrtes

Fellow in Bergen

PhD candidate, Public Law at UC

Ana Côrtes is a PhD candidate in Public Law at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and carried out part of the work on her PhD at LawTransform. She was awarded a mixed grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT for her research work in Portugal and Norway. Her PhD research topic is the recognition of rights for LGBTQ persons in countries with a civil law legal system, and her research interests include gender, sexuality, diversity, social movements, and legal mobilisation.

Côrtes is an affiliated researcher at the University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research – UCILeR (Portugal) and the Chr. Michelsen Institute – CMI (Norway). She is also a member of the Getulio Vargas Foundation’s research centres on Gender and Law and Justice and Constitution (Brazil).

She holds a master’s degree in Law and Development from the Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV and a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of São Paulo – USP, and was awarded by USP for the best senior thesis of the year (2015). Her experience as a researcher includes participation in different research projects and methods training, as well as research fellowships from FCT, FGV and the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP.

Côrtes is currently a lecturer for the University of Bergen (Norway) course “Gendered Autocratization as a Global Challenge”, part of the master’s programme in Politics and Governance of Global Challenges, Department of Government. She is also the coordinator for the annual course “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and Law as Battlegrounds for Social Change”, also at the University of Bergen, Department of Government. At the University of Bergen, she is also the co-leader for “SkeivForsk – the cross-faculty group for LGBTQ+ research at UiB”.

At LawTransform, she was the Project Leader for the Queer Lawfare seminar series and was part of the team of the project “Elevating Water Rights to Human Rights: Has it strengthened marginalised peoples’ claim for water?” She is currently part of the project “PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes”.



PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes