Language Coordinators

To overcome language barriers and facilitate the collaboration between diverse nations and cultures, the Global Access to Justice Project has a skilled and experienced team of Language Coordinators, responsible for overseeing all translations.

Sylvia Quintão Leite holds a Master’s degree (2019) in International Taxation from the Universität Hamburg (Germany) and has been working in Hamburg in the field of international taxation since 2016. Sylvia holds a degree in Law (2015) and in Linguistics/Literature (2011), both from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil) and is admitted to practice Law in Brazil, Portugal and Germany. Since 2020, she has also been working on a voluntary basis as a legal guardian in cooperation with the German Local Court (Amtsgericht) Hamburg-St. Georg.

Mirel Legrá Fleitas (born in Cuba), is master in Civil Law from Universidad de La Habana (Universidad de La Habana – Cuba), 2014, and doctoral research at the Fluminense Federal University’s Program of Sociology and Law (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sociologia e Direito da Univeridade Federal Fluminense – PPGSD/UFF), where she conduct a comparative study between Cuban and Brazilian legal systems with emphasis in mediation and conflict resolution. Is an Ambassador of the Foro Internacional de Mediadores Profesionales (FIMEP) in Cuba. She was Judge (2005-2012) in the Civil Court in Cuba and Lawyer (2012-2014) at the Organizacion de Bufetes Colectivos (Cuba). She was also, assistant professor at Universidad de La Habana (Universidad de La Habana – Cuba). Her research resulted in articles on the subject of access to justice and legal aid, including: “Asistencia jurídica: Una perspectiva jurídico-comparada entre Cuba y Brasil” (2016) and “Mediación de conflictos: una mirada al acceso a la justicia a partir de la asistencia jurídica gratuita universitaria” (2017) both in co-authorship with C. F. Alves. “Aspectos materiales y procesales de la obligación de dar alimentos: Breve perspectiva en Cuba y Brasil” co-author with F. P. Pimentel and G. P. Marques.

Federico Alessandro Goria is an Associate Professor of legal history at the Università del Piemonte Orientale (University of Eastern Piedmont), Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza e Scienze politiche, economiche e sociali (Department of Law and Political, Economic and Social Sciences). He teaches courses in the curriculum of the Master of Law, focusing in particular on the history of trade law and family law. He recently studied the history of legal aid in Italy and, in particular, the model of advocacy for the poor implemented in the Duchy of Savoy (later the Kingdom of Sardinia) from the XVth to the XIXth century. The “avvocatura dei poveri” combined the liberal assistance pro bono with a salaried staff model, provided by the supreme courts of the State with lawyers at the first step of their judiciary career. The results of this research were published in the book “L’Avvocatura dei poveri. Vicende del modello pubblico dal Piemonte all’Italia” Bologna, Il Mulino, 2017.

Fernando Antunes Soubhia currently works as Public Defender in the State of Mato Grosso (Brazil) and has been a member of the Permanent Commission on Criminal Matters of the National College of Chief Public Defenders (Colégio Nacional dos Defensores Públicos Gerais – CONDEGE) since 2014. He is a Chevening Alumni (2017/2018) and has a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice awarded with distinction from City, University of London where he was also awarded ‘Best Overall Performance for the 2017/2018 postgraduate cohort’. He has a Specialization on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC-SP) and his research on the Brazilian Mass Incarceration Process has receive praise and was turned into several papers. He has also published papers on judicial conduct, online hearings, body worn cameras and other topics within the criminal justice system.

Fernando Gama de Miranda Netto holds a PHD in law from Gama Filho University (2007) with a one year period of research at Speyer University (Germany) and at Max-Planck-Institut (Heidelberg) with CAPES/DAAD scholarship. He has been Professor of Civil Procedure at the Law School of the Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Rio de Janeiro, campus Niterói, since 2009) and member of the Postgraduate Program in Sociology and Law (PPGSD-UFF, since 2011), and of the Program in Rights, Institutions and Business (PPGDIN-UFF, since 2017). Member of the Brazilian Association of Procedural Law (ABDPRO). Regional Director of the Pan-American Institute of Procedural Law (IPDP-Brasil).

Franklyn Roger Alves Silva received his PhD in Procedural Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Brazil) in cooperation with University of Pavia (Italy). He is Professor at Foundation Superior School of Public Defender’s Office of Rio de Janeiro (Fundação Escola Superior da Defensoria Pública do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – FESUDEPERJ), where he teaches brazilian legal aid since 2012. He is also a Public Defender of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (since 2008) and works representing vulnerable people in civil and criminal cases. His research resulted in several books and articles on the subject of access to justice, legal aid, criminal and civil procedure, including: “Access to Justice in Brazil – The Brazilian Legal Aid Model”, co-authored with A. Castro, C. Alves and D. Esteves (2017); “Princípios Institucionais da Defensoria Pública”, co-authored with D. Esteves (2018); “O CPC/2015 e a Perspectiva da Defensoria Pública”, coordinator (2019); and “Manual de Processo e Prática Penal”, co-authored with L. Silva (2017).

Tomoki Ikenaga has been an Attorney-at-Law since 1997 after graduation from Waseda University and worked as a researcher at the Japan Legal Support Center from 2006 until 2015, which is a public corporation providing both civil and criminal legal aid established with funding from the national government in 2006. He was the staff attorney of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations from 2005 until 2006 and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley from 2004 until 2005. He was a Deputy Secretary of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations Central Board on the Japan Legal Support Center from 2015 until 2018 and is currently a chairperson of the civil legal aid committee in the above Central Board on the Japan Legal Support Center.