Professor Doctor Karine de Souza Silva

Curriculum Vitae:

Dr. Karine de Souza Silva is a Professor of Graduate Programs in International Relations and in International Law at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). A recipient of the Productivity in Research Grant through the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (PQ CNPq), she holds both the Jean Monnet Chair, officially awarded by the European Union, and the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair for Migration and Refuge, awarded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is a visiting professor at the Technical University of Mozambique, University of Minho in Portugal, the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, and the University of Valladolid, Spain.

She is the co-coordinator of the Undergraduate International Relations program and the coordinator of Eirene – Center of Postcolonial and Decolonial Research and Practice applied to International Relations and International Law – and of the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair for Migration and Refuge (UNHCR/UFSC) outreach program that is jointly developed with the Center of Information and Assistance for Immigrants and Refugees (CRAI-SC).

Professor Silva is also as an ad hoc consultant for the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Ministry of Education (MEC), the Agency for Coordination of Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES), the Foundation to Support Research and Innovation in Santa Catarina (FAPESC), and to the European Union.

She received her Ph.D. and master’s degree in Law (with a concentration in International Relations) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and completed a graduate certificate in Regional Integration at the International University of Andalucía, Spain. In addition to conducting professional visits to the Justice Tribunal of the European Union in Luxembourg and to the European Parliament in Brussels, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for International and European Policy at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a senior internship at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and a doctoral internship at the University of Seville, Spain. She also participated as an observer of the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH).

She has experience in the area of Epistemologies of the South, Postcolonial and decolonial approaches applied to International Law and International Law with emphasis on 1) Slavery, Colonialism, Africa and International Relations 2) International Organizations, International Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights 3) the African diaspora, migration, refuge 4) the Mission of the United Nations for the stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) (homepage: http//

In 2017, she was honored by the Municipal Legislature of Florianopolis with the Zumbi de Palmares Medal.  The Zumbi de Palmares Medal is part of the activities of the Week of Black Consciousness and is aimed at honoring people that perform effective acts that “combat any type of discrimination and prejudice, defend the fundamental principles of the Brazilian Constitution, and promote life.” She received this award because of the importance of the EIRENÈ/CSVM – Center of Support for Immigrants and Refugees outreach program for the reception and integration of migrants and refugees in the larger Florianopolis area, and also because of the relevance of her research about African topics and the diaspora in the fields of International Relations and Law.

In 2011, Professor Karine Silva was named the 2011 Featured Black Man and Black Woman Medal from the Municipal Legislature of Florianopolis.

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