Coordinator for LawTransform
Lara Côrtes is a Brazilian lawyer currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) for the project PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes.
Based in Bergen since 2012, her previous experience at CMI involved participation in several projects within the institute’s Angola Programme, with a particular focus on Angolan media. She was also researcher for the project Elevating Water Rights to Human Rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?
Before being hired for a permanent position at the University of Bergen (UiB) as the coordinator for LawTransform, Lara was attached to the university twice, first with a temporary position to teach the course Brazilian studies and Portuguese language, and later as a researcher for the project POLAME: Poverty, Language and Media: the cases of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico.
In her PhD dissertation (University of São Paulo, 2013), Lara discussed how federal states can fight inequality in the right to basic education. Her Master thesis from the FGV Sao Paulo Law School is a case study of the Ministério Público in São Paulo with the aim of understanding the actions of this institution in the promotion of the right to education. Her working experience from Brazil includes the public sector, academic publishing, and seven years as a practicing lawyer.
Lara is a native speaker of Portuguese, and is fluent in English, Norwegian and Spanish.
LawTransform: Effects of Rights & Law
2018 - 2023
Rethinking democracy & law
2019 - 2022