Antônio Ferreira Cesarino Júnior

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Antônio Ferreira Cesarino Júnior (16 March 1906 – 10 March 1992) was a Brazilian jurist and professor at the University of São Paulo (USP).

He was the precursor of the labor law in Brazil, with the publication of the first books on the subject: Brazilian Social Law (1940) and Labor Law Procedure (1942). He was an innovator in legal education, setting up courses on labour law, as well as demanding and orientating his students to do internships in trade unions, in regional work inspection stations, in the National Institute of Social Insurance (Brazil) or in human resources departments of private and public companies. He also stimulated his students to write monographs on theoretical and legal topics for magazines, periodicals and other publications, under their own names or as collaborators.

He founded the Brazilian Partido Democrata Cristão (Christian Democrat Party) in July 1945. Later he abandoned this idea and regretted his involvement in politics. He established in São Paulo, in 1954, the first World Congress of Labour Law (ILO). As the first professor of Labour Law in Brazil, he was inherently the founder of the Social Law (today's Labour Law) Department at the University of São Paulo in 1938.

He trained Brazil's first generations of labor lawyers and judges and was the author of several books and countless articles on labour law and occupational health in Brazilian and foreign magazines.



Cesarino was firstly a teacher in state high schools (Campinas, 1929, São Paulo, 1934) before becoming a professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo (1938). This was the first chair of Social Legislation or Labour Law in the country.

He went on to hold many awards and honorary positions in Brazil and all over the world:


  • Direito Social Brasileiro (Brazilian Social Law) (1940)
  • Direito Processual do Trabalho (Procedural Labor Law) (1942)