Portrait | International

They make the Université de Lyon: meet Luisa Mesquita

On The April 30, 2019

Alliance Brazil

We interviewed Luisa Mesquita, who graduated from the distance learning dual-diploma program in São Paulo.

Please introduce yourself in a few words.

I am 23 years old, a lawyer and criminal law master’s student. I was born in Goiânia, which is located near Brasília (capital city of Brazil). When I was 17, I began my studies at the University of São Paulo’s Law Faculty.

In 2015, I was given the opportunity to join the French Law undergraduate distance learning program in São Paulo, which was initiated by the PITES projects (Triangular Higher Education International Partnerships). This year, I completed my dual diploma in “bacharel em Direito brasileiro” and French Law.

What are the specificities of the PITES educational program you completed?

The cooperation between the Université Lumière Lyon 2, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Jean Monnet and the University of São Paulo led to the creation of this undergraduate law distance learning program in Brazil. It receives support from the Université de Lyon’s representative office in São Paulo.

This double program enabled me to study both Brazilian and French Law. It was an opportunity for me to see the many similarities between the two systems while also gaining deeper knowledge into the crucial differences, with the influence of the European Union on the French system, and the influence of administrative law. Unlike in the European Union, in Brazil, no external laws influence national legislation.

What advantages would you say this double diploma will bring to your future career?

I believe that the PITES program’s main contribution to my career is giving me a wider, more complete and universal vision of law. Each country has its own specificities in the way it teaches law and the different systems. These differences in my academic program opened my mind and allowed me to gain a new perspective on my country’s legal system.

In 2015, I conducted my first research project about the “Critical analysis of prison privatization as a solution for penitentiary issues.” Studying the French model of delegated penitentiary management as well as the US total privatization model was key to drawing conclusions on these issues, in light of the legal and social reality in Brazil.