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Teodosio César Brea, from Argentina, has been a member of the International Council of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and a member of the board of trustees of this organization. He is an eminent lawyer, but he also devotes much of his time to a major conservation agency, the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina.
Brea was born in Buenos Aires and attended the University of Buenos Aires, graduating from law school in 1950. He then attended New York University, taking a master’s degree in comparative jurisprudence in 1953. ln 1955, he was appointed professor of constitutional law at the University of Buenos Aires and helped to devise the present political studies programme in the School of Law.
In 1957, he founded the law firm Allende & Brea for the practice of international and corporate law in his home country. In the 1970s, he expanded the practice to Spain and the United States.
Since 1965, Brea has become increasingly active in conservation in Argentina. His early efforts resulted in the passing of new legislation covering the management of natural areas in Argentina. ln 1968, he founded the National Ranger School for the training of specialized personnel in conservation; even today, this is still only one of four centres of its type active in the world.
Brea is also one of the founders of the Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina where he served as secretary until 1987. Today, he is the president of the foundation, which has developed into the most active non-governmental organization in this field in Argentina and one of the leading institutions of its type in Latin America.
Published in 1990