Environmental Challenges for Brazil in the 21st Century

A professor from Brazil will discuss the environmental problems facing his country at a lecture at Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Fernando Walcacer of the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro will present “Environmental Challenges for Brazil in the 21st Century” at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 27, in room 109 of Sullivan Hall. His lecture will be followed by presentations from Professors Henry McGee and Carmen Gonzalez and Dr. Ana Martins. Professor Ron Slye will moderate.

Walcacer founded and currently coordinates the PUC’s environmental law center. As a member of the Attorney General’s Office for the State and City of Rio, Prof. Walcacer established task forces on environmental law as well as a division on environmental and urban law. In 1999, he served as environmental secretary for the state of Rio. When Rio hosted the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Walcacer was special counsel for the mayor of Rio and was responsible for conference planning and coordination among all units of municipal government.

He is a director of the Brazilian Institute on Public Interest Law and the Brazilian Association of Environmental Law Professors. He is also a member of the Environmental Law Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Walcacer will be co-teaching two of the environmental law courses offered this summer through the Seattle University School of Law’s first summer abroad program in Rio de Janeiro. Seattle University School of Law joined a consortium of law schools offering summer study opportunities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Courses will be co-taught by Brazilian faculty and will deal with actual issues facing the country, a beautiful place mired in profound social problems.

His visit is sponsored by the law school’s Latin America-U.S. Program for Academic and Judicial Exchanges and by the Center for Global Justice.

For more information, contact Carmen G. Gonzalez at (206) 398.4067 or gonzalez@seattleu.edu.