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The Research Group on Law, Environment, and Justice in the Anthropocene (JUMA) produces qualified knowledge on topics related to environmental and climate issues in the context of the Anthropocene. Our objective is to contribute to the fight against socio-environmental and climate injustice by critically analyzing the challenges the law faces in confronting the hyper-complex reality of environmental and climate crises. 

JUMA currently has three lines of research: Climate justice; (ii) Climate and Environmental Licensing and (iii) Climate Litigation, which can be found on this website.

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Our story

JUMA was founded in April 2018 by Professor Danielle de Andrade Moreira in partnership with researchers Daniela Marques de Carvalho Oliveira and Letícia Maria Rêgo Teixeira Lima.


Early published research conducted by the group focused on theory-based studies of justice and climate litigation during the Anthropocene.


Since then, JUMA has expanded its team of researchers and shifted to developing specific studies on climate litigation in Brazil. Between 2020 and 2021, with the support of Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), we developed research published in Ebook by Editora PUC-Rio on “Climate Litigation in Brazil: Legal Arguments for the Inclusion of the Climate Variable in Environmental Licensing.” This Ebook sought to demonstrate that there are already sufficient tools to demand the inclusion of the climate variable in environmental licensing in Brazil, and it is possible to use climate litigation to enforce compliance. This publication and more information about it can be found under the Publications tab above.


In 2021, JUMA received new support from the Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS), this time to develop the research “Litigating the Climate crisis: Applied Knowledge for Implementing Climate Policies in Brazil,” which aims to develop works that promote applied legal reflection and analysis on law’s potential to face the climate crisis and its challenges to doing so. It also aims to aid in the discovery and creation of legal arguments for climate litigation in Brazil. In the context of this research, the Database on Climate Litigation in Brazil  was built, which brings together Brazilian court cases classified as “climate litigation”.

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Institutional affiliation

JUMA integrates the Environmental Law Coordination of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Environment at PUC-Rio (NIMA-Jur), coordinated by Professor Fernando Walcacer and Professors Danielle de Andrade Moreira and Virgínia Totti Guimarães

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JUMA's research has the financial support of the Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) and the cooperation of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Granthan Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA). 

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