Patricia  Galvão Ferreira

Associate Professor of Law


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Room 414, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


  • LLB (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil)
  • LLM (University of Notre Dame)
  • SJD (University of Toronto)
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree (University of Toronto)


Dr. Patrícia Galvão Ferreira is an Associate Professor with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. She is the co-editor of the 4th edition of the Canadian Environmental Law and Policy Coursebook, published by Emond and author of publications addressing a variety of topics, including international law, international environmental law, climate justice, climate finance, environmental justice, law and development, global governance and human rights. She received her SJD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, together with an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in dynamics of global change from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She holds an LLM in international human rights law from the Faculty of Law at Notre Dame University and an LLB from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil.

Dr. Galvão Ferreira previously served as assistant professor and academic director of the Transnational Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, where she was cross appointed to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research/GLIER. At GLIER she worked alongside scientists on the environment and policy interface. At Windsor Law she was also the co-leader of the Cities and Climate Forum, and board member of the Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network and the Center for Cities. Dr. Galvão Ferreira was a Law Foundation of Ontario Scholar in 2018, and a Postdoctoral Fellow researching international climate law and observing international climate negotiations at the Center for International Governance Innovation/CIGI from 2015 to 2017. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University and at the FGV Law School in São Paulo. Dr. Galvao Ferreira’s research and teaching are informed by her previous 20-year work in non-governmental organizations in the areas of human rights and economic justice, with focus in Latin America (particularly Brazil) and Southern Africa. She currently serves as the chairperson of the Brazil advisory board for the Center for Justice and International Law/CEJIL, where she worked as a human rights lawyer for 5 years.


Dr. Galvão Ferreira’s research centres on transnational environmental law and justice, with particular focus on international climate law, climate justice, climate finance, and sustainable food systems. 


  • Climate Law and Policy
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Public Law
  • Constitutional Law