Boaventura de Sousa Santos is professor of sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. He is the director of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and Scientific Coordinator of the Permanent Observatory for Portuguese Justice. Currently he coordinates of the research project ALICE – Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons. He has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German. Among his most recent and relevant publications are: Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide (2014); Toward a New Common Sense: Law, Science and Politics in the Paradigmatic Transition (1995); The Rise of the Global Left. The World Social Forum and Beyond (2006); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, globalization, and emancipation (2002).