ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Ligia Fabris


FotoLaw and Society,
FGV Direito Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
E-Mail: ligia.fabris@fgv.br


Ligia Fabris is an Assistant Professor at Rio de Janeiros Law School of Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV Direito Rio), where she has been teaching since 2006. She lectures mainly on Gender and Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Feminist Theories of the State, Gender Studies, Women in Politics, Gender-Based Political Violence and Private Law.

Since 2018, she has been coordinating the FGV Law School's Diversity Program, which she founded, with the objective of implementing policies to foster diversity, equality and to fight discrimination. She has also been carrying out research on diversity in private and public institutions, especially in parliament. Previously, she coordinated Academic Development, Complementary Activities and the Clinical Legal Program in the same institution (2006 - 2011).

Ligia Fabris has co-founded of the Rio de Janeiro State Forum for More Women in Politics, a network of women scholars, activists and politicians to mobilize and inform about their political rights, as well as to develop strategies to increase the number of women in politics. She is also a member of the Experts Working Group on Women in Politics from UN Women Brazil. On the topic of women in politics, Ligia Fabris has engaged in strategic litigation before the Brazilian Supreme Court, being responsible for the arguments that informed its decision that guaranteed campaign funds for women candidates in 2018.

Ligia Fabris is a PhD candidate at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany), where she carries out a comparative research on transgender rights in Brazil and Germany. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (2004) and an MA in Law (2006) at the PontifÍcia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). In her dissertation, she developed the concept of the right to be oneself under the Brazilian Law.

Current Main Research Interests

Ligia Fabris' current research interests concerns more broadly the role of Law in creating, strengthening and fighting gender hierarchies. Specifically, she focuses on women in politics and democracy, gender-based political violence and the rights of trans people. Her work is located on the intersection of law, gender studies, and political theory.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group