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Paula Rosa joined Northumbria University in 2023. She is a Lecturer in Criminology and a qualified lawyer in Brazil, where she worked as a criminal defence lawyer in high profile cases. Her research has been mainly on prison policies, having completed a PhD in prison policies and the Inter-American System of Human Rights, at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo (USP). She has published papers and book chapters on white collar crimes, gender-based violence, torture, drugs, prisons, international criminal law and international human rights law. She also does voluntary work with organisations that seek to improve the criminal justice system.

Research interests

Prisons; prison policies; prisoners' families; punishment; prisons/punishment and international human rights law; gender-based violence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The prison policy of the Inter-American System of Human Rights and its impacts on Brazilian Law and Practice, Universidade de São Paulo

Award Date: 1 Sept 2021

Law, MSc, The rehabilitative function of the penalty according to the Judiciary: mass incarceration and state responsibility, Universidade de São Paulo

Award Date: 10 May 2017


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