Juliana Cesario Alvim Gomes' main fields of research are human rights theory and constitutional law, on topics such as constitutionalism in Latin America, gender and sexuality, social mobilization and courts, equality and difference, and strategic litigation for human rights.
Before joining CEU she was a a human rights professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where she also coordinated the Human Rights Clinic, supervising undergraduate and graduate students’ activities including research, advocacy, and strategic litigation on local, national, and international levels. She taught at the federal and the state universities of Rio de Janeiro and has been a fellow at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Rio de Janeiro School of Law and a visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.
She is a member of different research networks. "Women, Gender, and Constitutionalism in Latin America," funded by Red América Latina Alternativa Social, involves 20+ researchers from 12 Latin American countries exploring constitutionalism's impact on gender equality and hierarchies. "Varieties of Constitutionalism: Contestations of liberalism in comparative constitutional law," funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and CAPES, unites researchers from 16 German and Brazilian institutions to study liberalism challenges in comparative constitutional law and assess constitutionalism variations in Germany, Brazil, and regional contexts. "Gender Trouble: Examining Global Gender Politics' Impact on Public Health and Democracy," funded by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), investigates the politicization of gender worldwide, focusing on its effects on public health and democracy across multiple countries.
She is also the co-chair of the Brazilian Chapter of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) and a member of the Mare Incognitum network on empirical research on the Brazilian Supreme Court. Since 2019, Juliana hosts, together with two other law professors and a journalist, a weekly podcast on the Brazilian Supreme Court and Constitution.
Juliana has a decade of experience litigating for human rights before domestic and international courts. From 2013 to 2018, through a Clinical project she co-founded, she has worked on cases before the Brazilian Supreme Court concerning topics including military courts’ jurisdiction over civilians; freedom of speech during elections, rights of trans persons and prison system. She has also worked for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) on cases about police brutality and forced labor, and as a legal consultant for the Center for Reproductive Rights on issues such as abortion and maternal health before the United Nations and the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Juliana Cesario received her PhD from the State University in Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Juliana also holds a LL.M. degree at Yale Law School and an MA degree at UERJ, and bachelor’s degrees in Law at UERJ and Social Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.