Mariana Assis Aspen New Voices Fellow 2021 Brazil flag

Mariana Assis

Human Rights Lawyer, Coletivo Margarida Alves

Brazil · Class of 2021

I am a Brazilian human rights lawyer, researcher and activist who harnesses the law to advance
movements for social and reproductive justice. I have an LLB from the Federal University of
Minas Gerais, and an MPhil and a PhD in Politics from the New School for Social Research. For
completing my graduate studies, I received fellowships from the Brazilian Ministry of Education,
Fulbright and the American Association for University Women. My work explores how rights
discourse shape social and gender justice struggles and the ways in which legal strategies can be
used to transform the world. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Schulich Law School at Dalhousie
University, in Canada, and a special advisor to the President of the Interamerican Court of
Human Rights. I am currently an independent researcher, affiliated with the Margarida Alves
Collective for People’s Legal Aid, in Brazil, which I co-founded with a group of feminist antiracist lawyers in 2012.