Karina Marzano

Karina Marzano

Research Associate

Karina Marzano is a PhD Candidate at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt under the supervision of Professor Andreas Goldthau and a Scholarship holder of a three-year EIZ-Stipendium of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. She is also Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany. She is a licensed attorney and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; an MBA degree in International Relations from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil; and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in European Law and Integration from the Europa-Institut, Saarland University, Germany. Until August 2019, Karina worked as Project Manager of the Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Karina´s research lies at the intersection between climate and trade. Her PhD project centers on the role of private governance in the global energy transition.

Work Experience

  • 2013-2019 Project Manager at Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA), Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
  • 2010-2011 Trade Policy Training Program at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington D.C./USA; participation in instructional activities, providing assistance on research and analysis and preparing papers on subject of interest for the Embassy´s Trade Policy Sector.
  • 2006-2011 Researcher at the International Law Center (CEDIN), Belo Horizonte/Brazil.


  • Since 2019 PhD Student at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany. Scholarship holder of a three-year EIZ-Scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
  • 2018 MBA in International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. Class Representative. Final paper: "Beyond the State: Private Governance in the Interface between Climate and Trade" (10/10). Overall Result: (9,85/10).
  • 2014 Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) at Europa-Institut, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany. European Law and Integration. Thesis: "Free Trade and Sovereignty: Sustainable Management of Raw Materials at the WTO". Overall Result: Very Good (16,7/20).
  • 2010 Bachelor of Law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte/Brazil. Researcher sponsored by FAPEMIG Foundation.

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CV Karina Marzano
  • Private Climate Governance
  • Energy Transition
  • Global Supply Chains
  • Climate and Trade Nexus
  • International Relations, Public International Law and Development Studies

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Marzano, K. Beyond the State: Private Governance at the Interface between Climate Change and International Trade (in Portuguese). Conversas & Controvérsias (2019), V. 6, N. 1, e-ISSN: 2178-5694, e33340
  • MARZANO, K.; Climate Politics in Brazil (in Spanish). Diálogo Político, Edición Especial, Política y Ambiente. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Ano XXXV, n.2, 2019. ISSN: 1688-9665. pgs. 58-65.
  • MARZANO, K.; Sustainable Development: Renewable Energy Policy in Brazil (in Portuguese). Cadernos Adenauer 2/2019, Infraestrutura e Desenvolvimento no Brasil. ISSN: 1519-0951; ISBN: 978-85-7504-228-1; pgs. 47-68.
  • MARZANO, K.; CAETANO, M. Climate Report 2017: Brazil. In: Climate Finance and the Private Sector in the G20 States. Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
  • MARZANO, K. Legal Nature of the Paris Agreement (In Portuguese). In: Revista Jurídica Tempus, 2ª ed., Vol. I, 2016.
  • MARZANO, K. Tackling Climate Change in Latin America (In Portuguese). In: Cadernos Adenauer XVII (2016), no2, Mudanças Climáticas: o Desafio do Século, Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Konrad Adenauer, 2016.
  • MARZANO, K.; CHOLIBOIS, T. Urban Climate Governance: the Latin American experience (In Spanish). In: GUIZAR, C (Coord.). Los Municipios ante los Desafíos Globales: Cambio Climático y Sustentabilidad. Fundación Rafael Preciado Hernández, Mexico 2016.
  • MARZANO, K. ; ARANTES, A. ; CASTRO, B. The European Court of Human Rights (In Portuguese). Manual de Direito Processual Internacional; 1ª ed. Belo Horizonte: SARAIVA, 2012. ISBN / ISSN: 9788502134225.
  • MARZANO, K. The Sutherland Report and the issues of WTO governance and multi-level governance (In Portuguese). In: BRANT, Leonardo Nemer Caldeira, et al. (Org.). Direito Internacional Contemporâneo. Curitiba: Juruá, 2011. ISBN: 9788536233079.
  • MARZANO, K. Development and Trade: Viability of a Social Clause at WTO (In Portuguese). Brazilian Yearbook of international Law - v.1, n. 8, Janeiro de 2010 - Belo Horizonte: CEDIN, 2010. ISSN 19809484.
  • MARZANO, K. ; PEREIRA, L. Comments to article 35 of UN Charter (In Portuguese) In: Leonardo Nemer Caldeira Brant. (Org.). Comentário à Carta das Nações Unidas. 1 ed. Belo Horizonte: CEDIN, 2008, v. único, p. 533-548. ISBN / ISSN: 9788599499023.
  • MARZANO, K.; BRANT, L. Comments to article 5 of Brazilian Constitution (In Portuguese) Rio de Janeiro: Forense, 2009. In: Comentários à Constituição Federal de 1988. ISBN / ISSN: 9788530929237.
  • MARZANO, K. NGOs HIV/AIDS Code of Practice and Main NGOs acting in Africa (In Portuguese). Cadernos GAPConflitos IV - A Sociedade Civil na Resolução de Conflitos na África, Rio de Janeiro: Gramma, 2008. ISBN / ISSN: 9788598555171.
  • 2016 Lecture on Human settlements and Climate Change. Guest Professor at the Program of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) on Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, in San José/Costa Rica.
  • 2009 Work presentation. Seminar on "WTO and Global Governance" coordinated by Professor Footer, Europa-Institut, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2009. Subject: "The Sutherland Report and the issues of WTO governance and multi-level governance: Its findings and recommendations in respect of those issues". Oral and written presentation. Successfully concluded. Grade: 16/20.
  • 2009 Work presentation. Kolloquium zur aktuellen Judikatur des Europäischen Gerichtshofes (Colloquium on current case law European Court of Justice). C-1/07 Frank Weber - Auslegung der Richtlinie 91/439/EWG über den Führerschein (Interpretation of EU Directive 91/439/EWG), 2009, South Tyrol, Italy. Oral and written presentation. Successfully concluded. Grade: 16/20.
  • 2019 Prize Best Class Performance, MBA in International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).
  • 2010 Prize "Barão do Rio Branco" (most valuable prize of the UFMG Law School Intellectual notability among all the law students graduating at the same semester)
  • 2010 Prize "Francisco Brant" (best grade in a specific exam of Criminal Law Process), UFMG Law School.
  • 2008 Prize "Overall Best Written Submission". ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2), Latin American rounds, Dominican Republic.