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International Human Rights and the Global Protection of Cultural Heritage

On today's episode, we'll speak to Paulo Abrão and Dr. Michelle Morais about their respective work in the area of international human rights, as well as the global protection of cultural heritage.

Paulo Abrão currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Abrão, who was selected to lead the commission in August 2016, is its tenth executive secretary. Chosen by the OAS from a field of 90 applicants, Abrão holds a PhD in law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and has taught law in Spain and Brazil. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and Democratization Processes from the Universidad de Chile. Along with his position on the IACHR, Abrão has served as the Executive Secretary of the Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR; Chairman of Brazil's Amnesty Commission; Brazil's Secretary of Justice; and Chairman of the National Committee against Human Trafficking.

Dr. Michelle Morais is currently a lecturer in International and Area studies at the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to OU, she was the Head of Graduate Programs and a professor at Brazil’s National School of Public Administration. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Morais also served as the Coordinator General for International Cooperation at Brazil’s Ministry of Human Rights. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague in The Netherlands. She completed a year of post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Music: Madrugada a la Gil Evans by The Paloseco Brazz Orchestra (c) copyright 2007 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license.

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