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Languages: Portuguese | English | French | Italian | Mandarin

Practice: Ronaldo focuses on technology, data protection, intellectual property, media and public policy.

Experience: Ronaldo is an internationally respected Brazilian lawyer, specialising in technology, data protection, intellectual property, media and public policy. He is a professor at UERJ Law School and at Columbia University (School for International Public Affairs – SIPA). He was also appointed a visiting scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy (2011), Oxford University (2005) and researcher at MIT Media Lab (2013). He has published numerous books, articles and studies about his area of expertise in Brazil and abroad, such as "Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura", (2005, Editora FGV); "Comércio Eletrônico" (2002, Ed. Revista dos Tribunais); "Conflitos sobre Nomes de Domínio e Outras Questões Jurídicas da Internet" (2004, Ed. Revista dos Tribunais); "A Vida em Rede" (Ed. Papirus, 2015); "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies" (Pirataria de Mídias em Economias Emergentes, 2012. American Assembly); "Building a National IoT Plan: Policy Recommendations and the Case of Brazil" (2019, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) da Universidade de Columbia). He was one of the creators of the Brazilian Internet Law, enacted in 2014. He also co-authored Brazil's National Internet of Things (IoT) Plan, in partnership with McKinsey & Co. He was part of the Council for Social Communication of the Brazilian National Congress, and served as a member of the Council to Fight Piracy, headquarted at the Ministry of Justice, as well as a board member of various organisations, including the Mozilla Foundation, and is one of the founders of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio (ITS Rio). In 2015, he was appointed as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and is currently a member of Facebook's independent Oversight Board.


  • Doctor’s degree in Law, Universidade de São Paulo - USP.
  • Master’s degree in Law (LL.M), Harvard Law School (Massachusetts, EUA).
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Universidade de São Paulo - USP.

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