Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is 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 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. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.

His most recent project – ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences – is funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. The project was initiated in July 2011 and will continue for the next five years.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Romanian.

Invited Specialists

Also participated in the sessions the Prof. Antoni Aguiló (Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra) and Carlos Lema (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid all two specialists on Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ work and invited to participate in the seminar as he requested himself.


Tuesday, July, 3, 12.00h:

Thursday, July, 5, 12.00h:

Others activities


  • ¿La democracia, es compatible con el capitalismo?, at Centre Cultural la Mercè de Girona,  wednesday, July 4th, 19h.
  • In conversation with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Pilar del Río “El Sud d’Europa davant els reptes europeus. Són les ciutats motors de canvi?”, at CIDOB (Barcelona), Monday, July 9th, 10.30h.
  • Generar alternativas políticas a partir de las epistemologías del sur, a l’Ateneu Barcelonès, Monday, July 9th, 19h.