Boaventura de Sousa Santos

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.

He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Danish, Romanian and Polish.

His most recent project ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.

He has been awarded several prizes, most recently Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement 2022, by the Caribbean Philosophical Association; Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010; the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.

His most recent books in English are:  The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (Ed. with Bruno Sena Martins) (Routledge, 2021). Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, Globalization, and Emancipation. Third edition (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Demodiversity: Toward Post-Abyssal Democracies (Ed. with José Manuel Mendes) (Routledge, 2020); Knowledges Born in the Struggle. Constructing the Epistemologies of the Global South (Ed. with Maria Paula Meneses) (Routledge, 2019); The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South. (Duke University Press, 2018); If God Were a Human Rights Activist (Stanford University Press, 2015); Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).

Boaventura de Sousa Santos also writes lyrics for rap, as shown in his book
Rap Global (Rio de Janeiro, Aeroplano, 2010; Confraria do Vento, 2019).


Centro de Estudos Sociais
Colégio S. Jerónimo
Largo D. Dinis
Apartado 3087
3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal
Tel. (351) 239 855570

Between September and December:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Tel. (1-608) 2637414