Background & Previous Experience
Ricardo Pereira is a Professor of Social and Labor Relations in the master´s degree program at University Center of the Federal District (UDF) and a Federal Prosecutor of the Public Ministry of Labor and Employment in Brazil – MPT. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 2003 - New Challenges in Labor and Employment Law - and his Master of Law at the University of Brasilia (UnB) in 1997. Ricardo leads research groups at UDF and at UnB, and he has published articles and books on Labor and Employment Law in Brazil and Spain.
Pereira’s research in Brazil focuses on Labor and Employment Law from the perspectives of Human Rights and Constitutional and International Law. His activities in the Public Ministry involve combating forms of work such as slavery, discrimination in the work place, child labor, and fraud in labor relations in addition to violations of rights in the work environment and freedom of association. He took part in important lawsuits over many of these matters, especially in the Superior Labor Court in Brazil. Recently, he has been focusing his research on the relationship between work and democracy and the role of collective actions against discrimination in labor relations as well as procedures to enforce the workers’ rights of minority groups as an important means to develop and consolidate democratic processes.
Current Research at ILR
At the ILR School at Cornell, Pereira hopes to get in touch with faculty members and students to compare different forms of worker protection, especially in light of international migration movements of workers seeking alternative ways of life and work. It is also a great opportunity for him to get an overview of labor and employment systems outside Latin America in order to better conceptualize and strengthen the struggle against the precarious work environment in Brazil.