Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Brown University

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro is a Cogut visiting professor in Latin American Studies at Brown University. Pinheiro holds a PhD in political science and a graduate degree in sociology from the University of Paris. He is a professor of political science and a research associate at the Center for the Study of Violence at the Universidade de São Paulo. He has authored and coauthored of a wide range of books, articles, and reports, including Brasil: Um Século de Transformações (with J. Wilheim and I. Sachs, Companhia das Letras 2001); and The (Un)Rule of Law and the Underpriviledged in Latin America (with J.E. Méndez and G. O’Donnell, Notre Dame University Press, 1999). In addition to his scholarly work, Pinheiro has focused much of his career on human rights. He is United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, and was special rapporteur from 1995-2000 in Burundi. He led the research team producing the UN’s “2006 World Report on Violence against Children,” as a UN assistant secretary-general appointed to study the issue. He has served as a member of the Justice and Peace Commission in São Paulo. He also served as secretary of state for human rights under Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Is the UN a democratic organization?
What is the UN doing in Myanmar?
When has the UN been unsuccessful in alleviating human rights abuses?
How can the UN and other international organizations prevent human rights abuses?
Why did the UN reform its system of dealing with human rights in 2006?
What is the UN authorized to do when human rights are violated?
Who are you and what do you do?
What are human rights?
Are states today closer or farther apart in their understanding of human rights?
What human rights issues does Brazil continue to face?
Do you think Brazil could return to a military dictatorship?
How does the Brazilian constitution address racism?
What major issues did the constitution of 1988 address?
How have economic and social conditions changed since the military dictatorship?
Why did Brazil enact a new constitution in 1988?
What did you do as Brazil’s Secretary of State for Human Rights?
Why are there permanent seats in the UN Security Council?
What is civil society?
How do other states view the U.S. human rights record?
When has the UN been successful in alleviating human rights abuses?
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