Leonardo Martins, Prof. Dr.
Leonardo Martins, Professor of Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRN (Brazil) will come to the HIIG owing to an Alumni scholarship granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His focus of research is on the analysis of data protection instruments, specifically with regard to their constitutional compatibility at national level. At the HIIG, Professor Martins will take part in the research programme Data, Players, Infrastructures: Governance of Data-Driven Innovation and Cyber Security.
Martins (born in 1971) studied Law at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Following his Master degree (LL.M.) at Humboldt University (HUB), he did his doctorate also at HUB. In addition to his work as a university lecturer (2001-2005) and, thereafter, as a professor (from 2005) in Brazil, he stayed connected to Germany by a large number of research visits and teaching activities (Hans Bredow Institute, Erich Pommer Institute, HUB). Since 2005, Martins has been a university professor, initially at the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), and from 2008 at the UFRN. His publications include several monographs and a large number of jurisprudential articles. In 2008, his textbook “General Fundamental Rights Theory“, published together with Dimitri Dimoulis, received the highest Brazilian award for legal works (50th edition of the “Jabuti“ literature prize).
Martins’ research focus is on the role of national state authorities, legislation and case law in the IT era. Here, interests protected by fundamental rights, such as the media users’ rights to data protection and data security, collide with globally operating media enterprises. On the one hand, the challenges to legal policy for a harmonisation of the relevant fundamental rights positions are particularly great here, however, legal policy remains basically open to possible adjustments in the light of public opinion; on the other hand, a consolidation of false constitutional case-law would not result in such open-mindedness.
As late as on 14 August 2018, the Brazilian federal data protection act was promulgated, becoming effective as from February 2020. In view of a networked world and the triumphant advance of artificial intelligence, Martins examines how a legal comparison can be handled on a methodical basis.
Fellow at Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung