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Rômulo Sampaio

Rômulo Sampaio


Rômulo’s practice focuses on advisory and litigation for environmental and climate change issues. Experienced in consensual conflict resolution and socio-environmental and climate matters, he also specializes in ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) – particularly with structuring opportunities in carbon markets, waste management, and water resources.


Rômulo represents clients in litigation before state, federal and higher courts, including cases of national importance before the Federal Supreme Court. He is a member of the Environmental Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB-RJ) and the Brazilian Lawyers’ Institute (IAB).


Rômulo dedicates himself to academic life as a professor in Regulatory Law at the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, also teaching within master’s and doctorate programs. He is an adjunct professor at Pace University in New York and a visiting professor at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.


Bachelor of Laws – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR);

Master of Economic and Social Law – Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR);

Master of Environmental Law (LL.M.) – Pace University School of Law, USA;

Juris Doctor Program in Environmental Law – Pace University School of Law, USA.


Análise Advocacia 500 – Environmental (2014, 2017–2022), Banking (2017–2018), Power (2014, 2020), Oil & Gas (2014), Pulp & Paper (2014, 2018, 2019), Specialized Services (2022), Transportation & Logistics (2020), Rio de Janeiro (2014, 2017–2022);

Chambers Brazil – Environment (2018 – 2020; 2022 – 2023);

Latin Lawyer 250 – Environment (2023 – 2024).

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Financial Times

Wave of litigation and mitigation projects likely to follow Brazil’s climate ruling

After years of setbacks in which deforestation rates reached new records, Brazil – which accounts for nearly 60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest – is likely to introduce industry-specific climate mitigation plans while seeing a flow of climate litigation against both public and private sectors, say local experts.

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