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Martha Halfeld Furtado de Mendonça Schmidt
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Martha halfeld
Martha Halfeld Furtado de Mendonça Schmidt


Judge Halfeld has been a Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal from July 2016 to June 2023. Since 1994, she has also been a labor judge in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, having replaced judges at the Appeals Court and taken part in panels for the selection of judges. She has a Ph.D. in Private Law and a Master’s degree in law from the Université Panthéon-Assas, (Paris II), France. She was a Counsellor and teacher at the National Judicial Training Centre for Labor Judges in Brazil. For 12 years, she served as a Counsellor and teacher at the Regional Judicial Training Centre for Labor Judges in Minas Gerais state. Since 2011, she has been a strong advocate of mediation, having been a member of the Permanent Commission for Conciliation at the Appeals Court for Labor Affairs in Minas Gerais state. She has also been a Professor in a number of postgraduate courses. She has wide international experience, having participated in several international courses and seminars, in Latin America, Europe and the USA, as a lecturer or as an organizer. She has authored more than 40 published articles on labor law, human rights, constitutional review, alternative dispute resolution, international labor standards, and trainer training. Apart from being able to communicate in English and Spanish, her first language is Portuguese; she is also fluent in French, and has a good understanding of Italian.


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