Graduate

Law (MsC/Ph.D)

Overview


Unisinos Graduate Program in Law is noted for conducting high-level research, contributing to the progress of Law science and disseminating its intellectual production in the law community and society. This program stands out for carrying out research that translates the state of the art in Theory of Law and State, including studies on globalization and human rights as well as criticism of the legal doctrine and its many particularities. Within the context of interinstitutional relations, this graduate program keeps agreements with important teaching and research institutions in Europe and the Americas, providing teachers and students with the opportunity for information exchange and joint production.

Emphasis:

Public Law

Areas of Study


Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights
As the emphasis of this program is Public Law, it is paramount to include in the scope of research discussions on State and the necessary responses to social demands, based on the realization of fundamental social rights. Thus, the research developed within this area of study aims to delve into the current criticism of traditional hermeneutical models, based on the contributions of Semiotics, Philosophical Hermeneutics, and theories of Legal Argumentation. From this follows the need to investigate the effectiveness of Law and applicability of rules by Courts, based on a review of currently prevailing concepts in the doctrine, jurisprudence, Theory of the State and Theory of Law, where the study of the Constitution and Jurisdiction is essential, as well as their relationships with other areas of Material and Procedural Law. This area of study fosters a reflexive critical debate from the perspective of centrality of the Constitution and Constitutionalism within an increasingly complex and fragmented environment.

Society, New Rights and Transnationalization
The research developed within this area of study focuses on the changes in Law, enhanced by the transformations in contemporary institutional structures, emergence of new rights (third and forth dimensions) and inflow of the phenomenon of globalization. These changes impose on jurists the need to reflect on the forms of institutionalization of contemporary societies. This area of study also addresses emerging rights, such as bioethics, biolaw, protection of intellectual property, diffuse and collective rights, fundamental human rights, and rights and obligations generated by new technologies, from a transdisciplinary perspective related to the notion of complexity, prioritizing the discussion of Society grounded on contemporary theories.

Faculty Back to menu


Course Coordinator

Leonel Severo Rocha*
PhD in Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Sociology of Law.
Areas of Interest: Theory of Law, Sociology of Social Systems and Democracy.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: leonel@unisinos.br
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Wilson Engelmann*
PhD in Law.
Areas of Interest: Natural Law, Human Rights, Fundamental Rights, Nanotechnology, and Legal Research Methodology.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: wengelmann@unisinos.br
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Academic Staff

Anderson Vichinkeski Teixeira
PhD in Theory and History of Law, with a Post-Doctoral degree in Constitutional Law.
Areas of Interest: Constitutional Law, Philosophy, Political Science and Constitutional Jurisdiction.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: andersonvt@unisinos.br
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André Luís Callegari*
PhD in Public Law and Legal Philosophy, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Criminal Law.
Areas of Interest: Criminal Law, Criminal Guarantees, Economic Criminal Law, Money Laundering and Criminal Policy.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: acallegari@unisinos.br
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Darci Guimarães Ribeiro*
PhD in Procedural Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Constitutional Procedural Law.
Areas of Study: Procedure and Constitution, Procedure and Democracy, Effective Judicial Protection, Socialization of Civil Procedure, Urgent Relief, Individual and Collective Relief, Procedure Object and Debate Object, Constitutional Procedural Principles, Differentiated Procedures.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: dribeiro@unisinos.br
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Délton Winter de Carvalho*
PhD in Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Environmental Law and Disaster Law.
Areas of Interest: Environmental Law, Climate Change, Disaster Law, Environmental Governance.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: deltonw@unisinos.br
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Fernanda Frizzo Bragato
PhD in Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Human Rights.
Areas of Interest: Human Rights, Law Philosophy, Theory of Justice, Post-Modernity and Post-Colonialism.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: fbragato@unisinos.br
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José Luis Bolzan de Morais*
PhD in Public Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Constitutional Law.
Areas of Interest: Theory of the State and Constitution, Social Rights.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: bolzan@unisinos.br
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José Rodrigo Rodriguez*
PhD in Philosophy.
Areas of Interest: Critical Legal Theory (Karl Renner, Franz Neumann, Otto Kirchheimer, Luis Warat, Gender and Race); Social Movements, Globalization, Fight for Rights and Self-Management; Theory, Empirical Research and Criticism of Legal Argumentation; Theoretical Models in Legal Education and Research.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: jrrodriguez@unisinos.br
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Lenio Luiz Streck*
PhD in Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Public Law.
Areas of Interest: Public Law, Hermeneutics, Constitution, Constitutional Jurisdiction and Fundamental Rights.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: lenio@unisinos.br
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Marciano Buffon
PhD in Law.
Areas of Interest: Constitutional Tax Systems, Role of taxation in and for the Contemporary State.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: buffon@unisinos.br
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Maria Eugênia Bunchaft
PhD in Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Political Philosophy.
Areas of Interest: Secularism and public reason; gender; Philosophy of Recognition; Judicial Minimalism; Judicialization; democracy and minorities.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: mbunchaft@unisinos.br
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Miguel Tedesco Wedy
PhD in Law.
Areas of Interest: Constitution and Criminal Procedure, Justice and Procedural Guarantees, Philosophy of Law and Hermeneutics.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: miguel@unisinos.br
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Têmis Limberger*
PhD in Public Law, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Administrative Law and New Technologies.
Areas of Interest: Administrative Law, Constitutional, Protection of Fundamental Rights (intimacy, health), Protection of Personal Data, New Technologies, Public Policies (controls) and Prosecution Office.
Area of Study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights.
E-mail: temisl@unisinos.br
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Vicente de Paulo Barretto*
Lecturer from PUCRIO.
Areas of Interest: Philosophy of Law, Bioethics, Biolaw, Human Rights, Ethics and Law, Law and Literature.
Area of Study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization.
E-mail: vicenteb@unisinos.br
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Curricular Structure for the Master's and Doctoral Degree Program (when both) Back to menu


Master's Degree

The master's degree consists of 30 credits, including common required courses (6 credits), required courses by area of study (6 credits) and optional courses by area of study (12 credits). Students must also complete 6 credits of required meetings with advisor and thesis.


Common Required Courses (6 credits)
- Legal Hermeneutics
- Theory of Law Required Courses
- Area of study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights
- Constitutional Theory
- Jurisdiction and Procedure
- Contemporary Theory of the State

Required Courses - Area of study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization
- Normative Dimensions of Bioethics
- Community Law
- Human Rights

Optional Courses - Area of study: Hermeneutics, Constitution and Realization of Rights
- State and Public Administration
- Taxation and Public Policies
- Law, State and Justice
- Criminal Systems and Social Control
- Ethics and Grounding of Rights
- Constitutional Guarantees of Procedure
- Education, Transdisciplinarity and Social Transformation
- Special Topics

Optional Courses - Area of study: Society, New Rights and Transnationalization
- Legal Changes in Private Relations
- Legal Perspectives of Intellectual Property
- Contemporary Legal Systems
- Political Ecology and Law
- Law and Globalization
- Education, Transdisciplinarity and Social Transformation
- Special Topics

Doctoral Degree

The doctoral degree consists of 60 credits, 30 of which may be transferred from the master's degree. The other credits are divided into four stages: Qualification Seminars (16 credits), Project Defense (4 credits), Seminar on Guided Research (6 credits), Dissertation Writing and Defense (4 credits).


Required Qualification Seminars
- Theory of Systems and Law
- Hermeneutics, Language and Interpretation of Law
- Optional Qualification Seminars
- Changes of the Contemporary State
- Law and Ethics: Classic and Contemporary
- Genealogy of the Concept of Person and Law
- Critical theory of procedure
- State, Constitution and Criminal Policy
- Challenges of Contemporary Changes of Private Law
- Metatheory of Fraternal Law in Complex Society
- Digital Public Administration

Project Defense
Preparation and presentation of dissertation project before an examination board constituted by advisor and two PhD professors.

Seminar on Guided Research
Includes research activities, participation in events, publications developed by the student focused on the subject matter of dissertation, under the guidance of advisor and the Program Coordination.

Writing and Defense of Dissertation
During the preparation of the dissertation, a report must be submitted to the advisor every two months informing the stage of research. These reports will be validated by the Program Coordination Committee.
For constitution of the examination board, the advisor must submit a statement to the Coordination Committee justifying the completion of the work. The request must be supported by a report proving that the dissertation project was duly carried out. This document should confirm that hypotheses are properly demonstrated, that ABNT standards are followed and that standard language is used. The PhD dissertation should address an unpublished subject within the program's area of study using scientific methodology.
Defense should prove the existence of the hypotheses raised, the originality of the subject and its contribution to legal knowledge. The examination board for both project and dissertation defense will receive a roadmap on how to calculate the final grade. Assessment will include whether the work provided hypotheses, verification, originality, methodology and whether it followed ABNT standards. The examination board consists of 5 PhD professors, including the advisor, two professors from other institution and two other professors from the Program.

Application and Selection Process Back to menu


For more information: unisinos.br/mestrado-e-doutorado/direito/presencial/sao-leopoldo/processo-seletivo

Special students (non-degree study) Back to menu


Unisinos Graduate Programs admit non-regular students in some courses of the professional master’s degree. Non-regular students are students from other Unisinos Graduate Programs, other higher education institutions, and undergraduate or graduate students not affiliated with any Graduate Program. This opportunity allows non-regular students to know some of the courses offered by Unisinos.

Each semester the number of available places for these courses is announced and the programs offer enrollment for students who show evidence of ability to pursue them. Therefore, they need to be approved by the Coordination Committee and register as provided in the program regulations.

Contact us for more information.

Contact Back to menu


Office of the Registrar for the Graduate Program in Law
Phone: +55 (51) 3590 8148
E-mail: ppgdireito@unisinos.br
Hours: Monday to Thursday, from 8 am to 9.30 pm; Fridays, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Location: Department of Legal Sciences - Room 4A425 - Unisinos São Leopoldo Campus

Law (MsC/Ph.D)