The University of Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle Law School Visit Brazil

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

In late 2017 Dr Elena Aydos and Ann Apps took 11 Newcastle Law School students to study comparative environmental law in Brazil.

They were hosted by Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) under the coordination of renowned Environmental Law Professor Jose Rubens Morato Leite. The academic program included presentations from some of Brazil's leading environmental lawyers and academics, such as Mauro Ellovitch (a State Environmental Prosecutor from Minas Gerais). Australia's Ambassador to Brazil, John Richardson, travelled from Brasflia and watched our students' presentations on a number of contemporary environmental law topics. The group also experienced a rich cultural program which included a visit to Parque Municipal das Dunas da Lagoa, trekking up the Morro das Aranhas, and dancing at a samba house.

Dr Aydos has several ongoing collaborations with Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), including current negotiations of an overarching MOU between the Faculty of Business and Law and UFSC; a proposal to establish a Dual Award Doctorate Degree; arrangements for the co-supervision of a PhD candidate from UFSC; arrangements to bring UFSC's Professor Cristiane Derani to teach International Environmental Law at the Newcastle Law School in 2018. Dr Aydos has also been included as International Partner representing UON in a research grant application to CAPES (the Brazilian equivalent of our ARC).

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