Adilson José Moreira
Born and raised in Brazil, Adilson José Moreira is a candidate for a doctorate degree in juridical sciences at Harvard Law School. His dissertation addresses some legal aspects of the current debate about the implementation of race-conscious policies in Brazil, especially the articulation of Brazilian racial ideologies in the process of legal interpretation. He engaged in several activities while pursuing his first degree in law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. As an intern in institutional programs for the promotion of equality and citizenship, he had the opportunity to develop studies about the role of law in the process of social transformation. He also conducted research about the possible interactions of law and psychoanalysis during this period, one of the subjects of his mater degree thesis. The question of legal representations of subjectivity became particularly important for his scholarly research, determining the content of subsequent studies. His experience with social movements and the studies of law and psychoanalysis served as an inspiration for the elaboration of his first doctoral dissertation, which proposes a new interpretative approach to equality based on the reconstruction of the notion of the individual in legal theory. The interdisciplinary character of his studies has provided him with important conceptual tools to address the complex Brazilian social reality. After completing his master degree thesis, Adilson taught constitutional law and human rights for three years in prominent Brazilian universities. Always trying to challenge the rather formalistic Brazilian legal culture, he consistently encouraged his students to understand law through the eyes of social sciences, which might be a productive approach in a society that faces grave social inequalities.