Maria Eduarda de Assis is a lawyer and Policy Advisor with expertise in Public and Digital Security, and its consequences for democracy. At the Igarape Institute in Brazil, she acts as a legal advisor and participates in advocacy efforts in the areas of public security, criminal justice, arms control, and civic space safeguarding. Maria Eduarda graduated from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) School of Law. She began her career as a criminal lawyer and specialized in Criminal Law at the Center for Studies and Research in the Teaching of Law of the University of State of Rio de Janeiro (CEPED/UERJ). She is concluding her master degree in Human Rights Public Policies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
She is currently an LLM candidate at NYU School of Law. She is a co-author of “Disinformation Pulse: Reviewing the Impacts of Disinformation in Brazil’s 2022 Elections”.