Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado

Effects of Rights & Law Project and Political Determinants of Sexual and Reproductive Health Project

Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School, Sao Paulo


Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado is Master (2004) and PhD (2007) in Philosophy and Theory of Law at University of Sao Paulo and since 2007 full time professor at Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Sao Paulo. She is also Associate Dean for Academic Master and PhD programs and a researcher at the Center of Democracy and Law of Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning. Her research is located in the inter-disciplinary field of law, political science and legal-sociology and focuses on the relations between social movements and law; and on the ambiguous role criminal law plays between recognition and repression.

She has developed research on the performance of Brazilian courts in the enforcement of the anti-racism legislation; the functioning of the criminal justice system in violations of human rights through the case study on the Carandiru Massacre; the Brazilian feminist movement and the campaign for passing legislation on gender violence; and on the battles over abortion regulations in Brazil in different state arenas.



Abortion Rights Lawfare in Latin America
2014 – 2017