Fernanda Duarte

Fluminense Federal University; Global Ethics Fellow Alumna


Fernanda Duarte is a federal judge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a full professor of law at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). She is also a member of the faculty at the Catholic University of PetrĂ³polis, where she teaches in the master's program.

Duarte is also the director of the Fluminense Laboratory of Procedural Law/LAFEP, and she is a primary researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology - Institute of Comparative Studies in Conflict Management, which is associated with UFF. Her research focuses on the relationship between courts and society; constitutional jurisdiction and democracy; judicial reasoning and decision-making; legal discourse analysis; human rights; conflicts of law; and the role of the courts in democratic societies.

Duarte has been an invited lecturer at several judges' schools in Brazil, as well as universities and law schools outside Brazil, including Mercer University (U.S.), Agostinho Neto University (Angola), and Ottawa University (Canada). She was chosen to participate in the International Visitor Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in 2008.

Duarte has published many academic papers and has written a book on equal protection law. She has also contributed to the International ALR series (Thomson Reuters).