Lucas Lixinski is currently a Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Legal Studies in 2008. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Human Rights at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), with a Specialization in European and Global Legal Practice (Total Law Program, NYU/CEU). His first law degree was obtained in Brazil, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University School of Law (New York, USA) in the spring of 2007, and participated in an exchange program at the University of Texas School of Law in the spring of 2005. He has clerked at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the fall of 2005 (with a grant from the University of Texas School of Law). His Ph.D. research deals with the legal aspects for the protection of intangible cultural heritage (folklore), and his other research interests include international human rights law, general public international law and the law of regional economic integration. He is a co-editor of a book on the Law of MERCOSUR (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2009), among other publications.