To will oneself free is also to will others free. 
Simone de Beauvoir


  •  Awarded with the “Amigo da Marinha” medal by the 1st Naval District Command in recognition of the services rendered to the Brazilian Navy, as appointed by the Director of Ports and Coasts, Vice-Admiral Roberto Gondim Carneiro da Cunha.
  • Ranked as “Star Associate” for Shipping in Brazil by the Chambers & Partners’ Global and Latin American Guides (2020).
  • Ranked as “Associate to Watch” for Shipping in Brazil by the Chambers & Partners’ Global and Latin American Guides (2017-2019).


Flavia Melo is a Brazilian qualified lawyer specialized in Maritime Law with solid experience both in the transactional area and in dispute resolution. In the recent years, she has consolidated her reputation in emergency response assistance, especially in what regards casuanties and their complex developments and consequences. Flavia advises shipowners, carriers, cargo traders, P&I clubs, insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions and classification societies in accidents involving cargo ships, tugs, convoys, supply, construction or research vessels, drilling rigs, oil and gas production units, etc.

Academic Background

• Bachelor of Laws from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).
• Lato sensu postgraduate course in Oil & Gas (MBP) by the Instituto Alberto Luiz Coimbra de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa de Engenharia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE UFRJ)
• Continuing Education Course in Insurance and Reinsurance at the Escola de Direito do Rio de Janeiro da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV Direito Rio)
• Residential Training Course in P&I Insurance and Loss Prevention by the North of England P&I Association (NORTH)


Portuguese and English.


  • Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association - Wista Brazil, of which she is a Founding Associate, Member of the Executive Committee (2016-2019 and 2020-2022) and Legal Director (2020-2022)

  • Maritime and Transport Law Committee da International Bar Association – IBA

  • Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Maritimo – IIDM

  • Associação Brasileira de Direito Marítimo – ABDM

  • Insurance and Reinsurance Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brasil (2009-2014)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the column “Direito em Foco”, published by Guia Marítimo (2009-2012)

  • Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro State Section (OAB/RJ)

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