"Man cannot be at peace with himself for as long as he is at war with nature."

Édis Milaré

Édis Milaré​

Milaré Advogados founder ÉDIS MILARÉ  has a Law Degree from the Law School of the Mackenzie University in São Paulo, and Master’s and Doctor’s degrees of Diffuse and Collective Rights, with a main focus on Environmental Law, from the São Paulo Catholic University.

Milaré is a retired Prosecutor who in 1985 created the Environmental Prosecution Coordination of the São Paulo State Lawyer’s Office. As a Prosecutor, he worked on behalf of the Environment, filing groundbreaking cases that set the paradigm for legal protection in every Brazilian State.

He co-wrote the bill for the Public Class Action Law (Law 7347/1985), which has been revolutionizing legal practice in defense of trans-individual interests.

Milaré was a major contributor to Chapter VI of the Federal Constitution of 1988, which governs Social Order, particularly as concerns environmental matters in the light of citizenship and environmental policy.

As São Paulo State Secretary for the Environment from July 1992 to January 1995, he modernized the administration’s apparatus, expediting environmental licensing processes and fostering intense dialogue with organized society to bridge gaps and minimize conflicts between the government and the population.

He chaired the Legal Scholars Commission formed by the São Paulo State Government to draft a bill for the National Environmental Code (Decree 36,860, of June 05, 1993, as amended by Decree 39,684, of December 15, 1994).

On the Environmental Management arena, he was president of the São Paulo State Forest Conservation and Production Foundation (Forest Foundation) from January 1995 to August 1997, focusing efforts on research, education, and the oversight of State Conservation Units.

He chaired the Higher Environmental Council of the São Paulo State Federation of Industries – FIESP, where he now serves as a council member.

Founder of Milaré Advogados – the first law firm in Brazil exclusively dedicated to environmental law; frequently recognized by Chambers & Partners Latin America, Who´s Who Legal – WWL – Environment, The Legal 500 Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, publications of renown that review legal practitioners around the world.

In Brazil, for the tenth consecutive year, the Análise Advocacia 500 review, which lists the country’s most highly regarded law firms and lawyers, ranked him first in the Environmental Law category.

He played an active role in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20, held in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. Before this major international event, he had already attended the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – Eco-92, in 1992, also in Rio de Janeiro, contributing proposals at countless discussions.

He is a professor of the Diffuse and Collective Interests Specialization Course (Environmental Law area) of the São Paulo State Prosecutor’s Office Studies and Civil Servants’ Development Center, and a guest professor of the Environmental Law Specialization Course of the Diffuse and Collective Rights Department of the São Paulo Catholic University’s Law School. As a lecturer, he is frequently asked to deliver extension courses and seminars in several States.

Milaré has been a Full Member of the Brazilian Lawyers’ Institute – IAB since July 08, 2015. He is a founding member of the Brazilian Environmental Law Professors’ Association – APRODAB, an entity that fosters the subject’s nationwide dissemination and where he currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee.

He spearheaded the creation of the Brazilian Environmental Lawyers’ Union – UBAA, a trade entity formed in 2016 where he currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee.


Over the course of his career, Milaré was awarded several prizes and honors, among which:


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