Luciana Boiteux is bachelors in Law from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), has a Master in Law degree from the same institution. She has worked as a criminal lawyer in Rio de Janeiro for 10 years and obtained in 2006, her Juris Doctor Degree at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) School of Law. Since 2007, she is an associate professor in Penal Law and Criminology of the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), ranked as one of the 3 best Universities in Brazil, where teaches Penal Law, Criminal Policy, and Criminology and leads a research group on Drug Policy and Human Rights since 2007. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Network for Harm Reduction and Human Rights (REDUC), Rede Pense Livre, Nucleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP), the Drug Policy Commission of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences (IBCCrim) and is an active researcher at the Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (CEDD) since 2010. She has published several book chapters and scientific work on drug policy and criminal law and participated at various national and international scientific meetings. In 2012 and 2013, has worked as a consultant for UNODC and CICAD/OAS in drug laws research projects. She is also a member of the executive board of Brazilian Platform on Drug Policy.