A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


The University of Sao Paulo (USP) has become the Vi's 20th affiliate member and the fourth from Brazil, along with core member, the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and current affiliates, the Federal University of Viçosa, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. USP will participate in the network through its Faculty of Law, a good complement to the work of the other Brazilian members, which focus largely in the area of economics.

USP is a renowned university, which repeatedly obtains high scores in international rankings. With more than 86,000 students, 230 post-graduate programmes, and 296 PhD courses, the university is the largest institution of higher learning and research in Brazil. Among its graduates are a large number of the country’s academics and strategic leaders of the public and private sectors.

The Vi will work closely with the Faculty of Law’s Department of International and Comparative Law, which offers a number of graduate and post-graduate courses and conducts research in the area of International Economic Law, International Trade Law, International Environmental Law, WTO Law, and Regional Integration.

Umberto Celli, Professor of International Economic Law has been appointed Vi member coordinator for USP. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of São Paulo and has been teaching there since 2001. His areas of expertise include regional integration law, international economic law, international trade law, international relations and international political practices. Other faculty working with the Vi includes Bruno Graça Simões, a researcher at the Faculty of Law.

For further information, take a look at USP’s profile.