Oscar Vilhena Vieira is the dean of the School of Law of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/SP), where he teaches constitutional law, human rights, and law and development. Vieira was legal adviser for the Center for the Studies of Violence of the University of Sao Paulo and executive secretary of the Teotonio Vilela Commission for Human Rights. He served as state attorney for Sao Paulo and as executive secretary of the United Nations Latin American Institute in Brazil. In 2000, he founded and directed Conectas Human Rights and the Pro Bono Institute. He has written several books and academic articles on constitutional law, human rights, and law and development. Vieira is a member of several civil society organizations and academic programs advisory boards, including ANDI (National Agency for the Rights of Children), the FGV/SP Law School Global League (coresident), the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, and the Pro Bono Institute. Vieira has also worked as a pro bono lawyer in several human rights cases at the Brazilian supreme court.
Vieira has a BA in law from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, an LLM from Columbia University, an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Sao Paulo, and did his post- doctoral studies at the Centre for Brazilian Studies at Oxford University.