Paulo is a jurist and researcher at the CIJ - Centre for Legal Research of the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto. He graduated from the Catholic University of Porto, postgraduated at the University of Coimbra, got his PhD in Human Ecology at the New University of Lisbon, and got his post-doctorate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto with work on the legal status of climate.
He is the author of “The Earth Condominium – From the Climate Change to a New Juridic Conception of the Planet”, 2007, and editor of “SOS - Safe Operating Space Treaty: A new approach to manage our use of the Earth System”, 2016. He is the founder and President of Common Home of Humanity (Casa Comum da Humanidade) and coordinator of the Task Force for the recognition of Climate as Common Heritage of Humankind. He is Counsellor of CNADS - National Council for Sustainable Development.
He received the Green Vision Inspiration Award in 2022, the Gold Medal of Merit by the city of Porto, and Inspiring Portugal Award in Social Economy in 2022.