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About the Rio School

The Rio School on Global Governance, Democracy and Human Rights is a four-month in person programme, taught in English, aimed at expanding knowledge on universal and regional International Organizations’ practices on Global Governance.

The lectures address a variety of topics within the Centre’s main research areas. It intends to shed light on the understanding of the European Union’s role as a global regulator, its emergence as a normative actor, the normative authority of new subjects and non-State actors in shaping international organisations’ law and their relevance to global governance. It assesses multilevel and informal decision-making mechanisms in the European and international spheres and their impact on global regulation.

The course also aims to address the EU’s promotion of the rule of law and human rights in Latin America. The lectures provide an understanding and critical analysis of the International Organizations and the European Union’s institutions, their decision-making process, and challenges to their external action strategy and goals in Latin America.

Featuring an internationally distinguished teaching staff and guest professors and experts from different professional backgrounds and fields of knowledge, a contemporary curriculum, an innovative educational methodology and a carefully selected student body, the course presents an unparalleled programme in Latin America, supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme.

By allowing an active interaction between undergraduate, postgraduate and international students and established professionals, the initiative generates numerous benefits for its participants, such as the promotion of interdisciplinarity, the development of critical thinking, the improvement of analytical skills and the opportunity to expand their network.

Therefore, Rio School prepares its students for their professional insertion in a global labour market, where there is a growing demand for individuals capable of navigating different legal systems within a new world order, composed of non-state actors and non-traditional legal sources.

The 2024.2 edition of the Rio School on Global Governance, Democracy and Human Rights will take place between 07 August to 06  November 2024 (on Wednesdays), from 2.00pm to 3.40pm (GMT-3 hours), in person, at FGV’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro (Praia de Botafogo, 190)

Rio School Objectives

The Rio School offers students the opportunity to learn from globally renowned lecturers and practitioners on the main practice fields in international law and international relations. By combining theory and practice methodology, the course’s curriculum proposes a North-South critical view on current approaches to global governance and aims to increase awareness of the European Union´s and Brazil’s common interests and shared values.


Through an innovative approach of including a diverse audience, the Rio School aims to reach a wide-range of students such as undergraduate and postgraduate students, professors, researchers, public administrators, civil society representatives, and the general public interested in the topics covered by the course.

Teaching Methods

The course is taught via participative and expository lectures and incorporates a variety of teaching resources. Selected issues will be discussed in group debates and there will be comparative case law analysis. The course demands student’s constant participation. In short, the main teaching methods are:

  • case law analysis;

  • sentence’s analysis;

  • participatory lectures;

  • practical exercises.

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