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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Environmental lawyer and senior researcher of the Brazilian National Research Agency, and has long-standing interests in carbon trading in the context of the Amazon.

Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in International Economic and Environmental Law. 


Professor Derani graduated in Law from Sao Paulo State University (1988) and wrote her PhD dissertation at J.W.Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt a.M.(199101993). She was awarded a PhD in Economic Law at USP (1996) where she worked as Associate Professor (1997-2004). She conducted post-doctoral studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France, on the Privatisation of Public Services and Sustainable Development (1999), and passed her Aggregation in Law at USP in 2001. From 2000 to 2007, she was a Professor at Pablo d’Olavide University in Seville, Spain, teaching environmental law and sustainable development. She was a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute (2001), a Visiting Professor at Maison de Sciences de l’Homme (2005), as well as a Visiting Professor at the J.W. Goethe Universitaet (2005). She was responsible for the creation of a Master’s degree at University of the State of Amazonas, where she also taught from 2004 to 2009. She has experience as part of the Brazilian delegation for the COP 8 and 9 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. From 1999 to 2009, she worked as an environmental lawyer and was associated with the Union for Ethical Biotrade(2008-2011). 



Research based on the question: "How can law address sustainability for food systems?" with a focus on international trade, and the effects of agriculture on land use, biodiversity, water and energy.

Environmental international law, globalisation and sustainable development, climate change and energy governance, food security and trade law.


Key publications: 

'Modelling environmental pressures for a better law compliance.' Derani & Dalmarco.

'Agriculture, energy and development: an uneasy relationship’. in: Jordi Jaria i Manzano et all (eds.), Energy, Governance and Sustainability (Edward Elgar, 2016, pp.291-313.

‘Environmental Economic Law’ (Direito Ambiental Econômico) ‘Privatisation and Public Service’ (Privatização e Serviços Públicos). 

Centre Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
Professor of International, Environmental and Economic Law, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil
Research Coordinator and Head of research group on 'Advanced Studies of Economics and Environment in International Law'
Researcher, Brazilian National Research Agency (CNPq).
Professor Cristiane  Derani

Contact Details

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