Mr. Szazi is a practicing lawyer in Brazil and senior partner at Szazi, Bechara & Storto Law Offices, a law firm specialized in not-for-profit organizations and corporate social responsibility. He is also Legal Consultant of GIFE, the Brazilian grantmakers association since 1997 and its only Emeritus Member since 2000.
Mr. Szazi is a noted lecturer and commentator on issues of NGO law, taxation and corporate social responsibility issues, both in Brazil and abroad. He has written and edited various books, including well known works on NGO Law written in Portuguese (Third Sector: Regulation in Brazil and Governance Best Practices for Corporate Foundations and Institutes).
Since 1997 Mr. Szazi has been engaged in law reform in Brazil and has advised the Federal Government and the PNUD is matters affecting the regulation of civil society organizations.
Mr. Szazi is a graduate of University of Sao Paulo Law School and holds a PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he studied the role of NGOs in International Law. His thesis, “NGOs: Legitimate Subjects of International Law” has been published in English by Leiden University Press in 2012.
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