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Lafer receives the title of professor emeritus

Celso Lafer, the chairman of FAPESP, was awarded the title of professor emeritus of the International Relations Institute (IRI) of the University of São Paulo (USP), at a ceremony held on August 15. Connected with the institute since its start-up in 2004, Lafer is the unit’s first professor emeritus. The IRI faculty comprises political scientists, economists, historians, jurists, business administrators and sociologists from other departments at the university. Lafer is a retired professor of the USP Law School, where he was the head of the Department of Law Philosophy and General Theory. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development. As an ambassador, he led Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. According to Maria Hermínia Tavares Almeida, IRI director, Lafer was not only awarded the title for his important role within the IRI, but mainly because he was one of the founders of the area of international relations in Brazil. His work enabled the establishment of original thinking on foreign policy. Lafer’s career path was presented at the ceremony by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil.