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Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Social work topics


31. da Luz Scherf, E. (Forthcoming 2024). Anti-Racist Values in Portuguese Baccalaureate Social Work Education: A Content Analysis Study. Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Publisher: IFSW.


30.  da Luz Scherf, E. (2022). Latin American perspectives on Indigenous Social Work: In search of mind, body, and soul. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 19(1), 155–165. Impact Factor: 1.9


29.  da Luz Scherf, E. (2021). Challenges in making school social work a reality in Brazilian schools. International Social Work, 66(2), 590–596. Impact Factor: 2.2


28.  Zanatta, M.L.A.L., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2019). The Role of Rights-Based Social Work in Contemporary Latin American Diasporas: The Case of Venezuelan Migrant Children. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 4(4), 238-247. Impact Factor: 1.2


Public health and/or healthcare


27. da Luz Scherf, E. (Forthcoming 2023/2024). Discriminatory practices in healthcare affecting Sexual and Gender Minorities in South Africa: implications for health and human rights. Journal of Health Management. SAGE Journals. Impact Factor: 2.3


26. da Luz Scherf, E., & Viana da Silva, M. V. (2023). Brazil’s Yanomami Health Disaster: Addressing the public health emergency requires advancing criminal accountability. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 01–05. Impact Factor: 5.2


25.  da Luz Scherf, E., Alves Lima Zanatta, M. de, Viana da Silva, M. V., & Da Silva, J. E. (2022). Health Care Access by Transgender Persons in South Africa: Gender-based Discrimination, Human Rights Violations, and the Role of the African Human Rights System. Journal Health and Technology - JHT, 1(4), 01–22. 


24.  da Luz Scherf, E., Viana da Silva, M., & S. Fachini, J. (2021). The management (or lack thereof) of COVID-19 in Brazil: implications for human rights and public health. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 14(2), 158-174. Impact Factor: 1.4


Human rights and legal scholarship


23.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Viana da Silva, M. V. (2023). Oil giant, climate savior, or somewhere in between? Human rights and the Norwegian climate paradox. International Journal of Public Law and Policy, Online First.


22.  da Luz Scherf, E., Alves Lima Zanatta, M. de L., & Tumenas Mello, E. (2020). Gender-Awareness amongst Brazilian Children Enrolled in Primary Education: Implications for Women’s Rights & Equality. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, 9(1), 25–50.


21.  Viana da Silva, M.V., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2020). Dream the impossible dream? An ecosocialist account of the human right to a healthy environment. Direito Ambiental & Sociedade [Environmental Law & Society], 10(2), 35-60.


20.  Viana da Silva, M.V, da Luz Scherf, E., & da Silva, J.E. (2020). The Right to Data Protection Versus “Security”: Contradictions of the Rights-Discourse in the Brazilian General Personal Data Protection Act (LGPD). Revista Direitos Culturais [Cultural Rights Review], 15(36), 209-232.


19.  da Silva, J.E., da Luz Scherf, E., & Viana da Silva, M.V. (2019). In Tech We Trust? Some General Remarks on Law in the Technological Era from a Third World Perspective. Journal Juridical Opinion, 17(25), 107-123. 


18.  Souza, I.F., Leme, L.R., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2018). Creating bridges between international relations theory and international human rights law: constructivism and the role of Brazil in the Inter-American system of human rights. Brazilian Journal of International Law, 15(3), 179-197.


Book chapters


Social work and social policy


17.  da Luz Scherf, E. (2022). Critical Perspectives on Social Work and Social Policy Practice with Vulnerable Migrants in an Era of Emergencies. In Andy Jolly, Ruggero Cefalo, and Marco Pomati (Eds.), Social Policy Review 34, Bristol University Press/Policy Press, UK (pp. 134-157).


Human rights


16.  da Luz Scherf, E., Viana da Silva, M.V., & da Silva, J.E. (2021). Indigenous Rights, Necropolitics and the 'Daily Genocides' of Brazil’s Native and Traditional Peoples. In T. Ribeiro Teles (Ed.), Língua(gens), Literaturas, Culturas, Identidades e Direitos Indígenas no Brasil [Languages, Literature, Culture, Identity, and Indigenous Rights in Brazil] (1st ed., pp. 172-180). Curitiba: BAGAI.


15.  da Luz Scherf, E. (2018). Manaus' massacre as a result of the crisis in the Brazilian penitentiary system: an analysis in the light of international human rights law. In A. Jobim do Amaral et al (Eds.), Anais do 8º Congresso Internacional de Ciências Criminais – PUCRS [Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Criminal Sciences – Global Criminology Section], Vol. 3 (1st ed., pp. 121-140). Brazil: Tirant lo Blanch.

Book reviews


14. da Luz Scherf, E. (2020). Mary Mee-Yin Yuen, Solidarity and Reciprocity with Migrants in Asia: Catholic and Confucian Ethics in Dialogue. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 29(4), 553-555. Impact Factor: 0.9


Publications II (in Portuguese, all titles have been translated)


Peer-reviewed journal articles


13.  da Luz Scherf, E., Viana da Silva, M.V., & da Silva, J.E. (2021). A Few Considerations on Human Rights in the Biotechnological Era: Normativity Versus Dignity. Revista Direito e Justiça: Reflexões Sociojurídicas [Journal Law and Justice: Sociolegal Reflections], 21(41), 195-210.

12.  Viana da Silva, M.V., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2020). Advances and Challenges in Implementing Public Policies for the Protection of the Social Rights of Older Migrants in Brazil. Revista Eletrônica da Faculdade de Direito de Franca [Journal of the Franca Law School], 15(1), 215-228.

11.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Viana da Silva, M.V. (2020). "The Canadian Citizenship is a Privilege, Not a Right": Migration and Securitization in the Promised Land. Interfaces Brasil/Canadá [Brazilian Review of Canadian Studies], 20, 1-36.

10.  Viana da Silva, M.V., da Silva, J.E., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2020). The Role of the Canadian Supreme Court in Defending the Rights of Migrant Persons: Subverting the State of Exception by the Routes of Judicial Activism. Journal of Contemporary Public Law, 1(2), 85-110.

9.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Viana da Silva, M.V. (2020). Child Migration and International Relations: Theoretical Neglect versus Child Protagonism. Revista Relações Internacionais no Mundo Atual [International Relations in the Actual World], 28(3), 269-297.

8.  Viana da Silva, M.V., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2020). The Justiciability of the Right to Education in the Inter-American System of Human Rights: A Possible Way Out for the Dismantling of the Brazilian Public Education System?. Revista Humanidades & Inovação [Journal Humanities & Innovation], 7(7), 350-367.

7.  Zanatta, M.L.A.L, & da Luz Scherf, E. (2019). Child Migration and the United Nations Regime for the Protection of Human Rights. Caderno de Relações Internacionais [Card of International Relations], 9(17), 105-134.

6.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Zanatta, M.L.A.L. (2019). Human rights and corporate social responsibility in the context of international commerce: the Barrick Gold miner and sexual violence against women in Papua New Guinea between 2006 and 2010. Revista Vertentes do Direito [Journal Strings of the Law], 6(1), 161-181. 

5.  de Oliveira, A.C.D.C., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2019). Rights-Based Social Work as a Tool for Realizing the Human Rights of Venezuelan Migrant Children in Latin American Countries. Revista TOMO [TOMO Journal of Sociology], 34, 241-286.

4.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Milindre Gonzalez, R. (2018). Civil society and the fight for the recognition of fundamental liberties during peace negotiation processes: lessons from the civil war in Sierra Leone and from the Lomé Peace Accord. Conjuntura Global [Global Conjecture], 7(2), 170-188.

3.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Milindre Gonzalez, R. (2018). Forced migration and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar: Rohingya – no territory, nation, or rights. Revista de Iniciação Científica em Relações Internacionais [Journal of Scientific Initiation in International Relations], 5(10), 37-73. [research article]

2.  de Souza, M.C.S.A., & da Luz Scherf, E. (2017). Business Management Towards Sustainable Development: The Dialogue Between Climate Change and Human Rights. Revista Jurídica da Escola Superior do MP-SP [Law Journal of the Sao Paulo Public Prosecutor's Office], 12(2), 68-86.

Book chapters

1.  da Luz Scherf, E., & Rocha Leme, L. (2019). A theory of international justice for whom? Failures in the restrictive concept of human rights in Rawls’ The Law of Peoples. In M. Leal & A. Custódio (Eds.), Fundamentos Constitucionais das Políticas Públicas [Constitutional Foundations of Public Policy], Vol. 1 (1st ed., pp. 186-198). Brazil: EDUNISC.


Manuscripts under review


6. da Luz Scherf, E. (Submitted in September 2023). “We Tend to Leave that Past Behind, Kept Away In a Drawer”: Addressing Racism and Discrimination in the BSW Curriculum in Portugal. Under review in Advances in Social Work (Publisher: Indiana University School of Social Work).

Under preparation


Edited book


5. da Luz Scherf, E., & Baikady, R. (Eds.). Global South Solutions to Global Social Problems. To be commissioned under Springer Nature or Routledge. The publication is predicted for 2025. Phase: Call for Abstracts.




4. Naseh, M., da Luz Scherf, E., Tutlam, N., and others TBC. In Progress. Migration Integration Policies as Social Determinants of Health Among International Graduate Students in the United States (provisional title).

Phase: Data Analysis and Writing Up.


3. da Luz Scherf, E., & Giorgio Cosenzo, L.A. In Progress. Exploring the relationship between post-migration perceptions of social mobility and pessimism among Latinx adults in the United States (provisional title).

Phase: Manuscript Conceptualization.


2. da Luz Scherf, E. In Progress. International and Comparative Social Work Research in Latin America: Tapping into the Untapped Potentials.

Phase: Writing Up.


1. da Luz Scherf, E. In Progress. Hunger and Climate (In)Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges for the Social Work Profession in an Era of Intersecting Emergencies.

Phase: Manuscript Conceptualization.

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