I obtained my PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and I have been an Italian barrister since 2011. In the last four years I have been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de S ão Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). I hold a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin, and I have been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 I worked as a pro bono lawyer for Racimos de Ungurahui, a Peruvian NGO specialized in providing legal support to local communities affected by development projects and resources extraction. Since then, I have been cooperating with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid International. When I wear the academic hat, I take advantage of my multidisciplinary background to refuse the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching. My doctoral research project starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon with the “increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies.” As such, legal scholars should analyze the interplay of neo-liberalism, legal globalization and financialization both in terms of their interconnection and in terms of the use of law as a privileged proxy through which the expansion of finance, the internationalization of capital, and the globalization of markets are achieved.
Diogo R. Coutinho is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), where he leads the “Law and Policy Research Group.” He was awarded a Productivity Scholarship from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and has a master degree (MSc Regulation) from LSE and a doctorate from USP. Prof. Coutinho is also a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap).
I am a law professor at Universidade São Judas Tadeu (USJT), in São Paulo, and a researcher of the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap). I obtained my J.D. at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS (2008), a Master’s in Sociology of Law at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (2009), and a PhD in Law and Society at the University of Milan (2014). Between 2012 and 2013, I was a visiting scholar at the New York University (NYU) Department of Sociology. My research has explored themes at the intersection between law and the economy, especially the regulation of corporate power, its concentration and behavior, and the legal architecture of the transnational economy.
Flávio Marques Prol is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of São Paulo Law School (USP) and a researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard University (2016-2017). Flavio served as Subsecretary of Planning, Budget and Management for the Ministry of Justice in Brazil (2015-2016). He was a Fox Fellow at Yale University in 2013-2014, where he researched democratic accountability of fiscal policy. He holds a Master in Law and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of São Paulo Law School. Flávio is interested in the relationship between legal institutions, democracy, and macroeconomics. His current research focuses on the democratic accountability and economic impacts of budgetary rules and institutions.
Débora Ungaretti obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Sao Paulo Law School (USP). As a lawyer, she has experience in the intersections of law and urban policy: she worked in the elaboration of the Land Use and Zoning Law of Sao Paulo’s City (LPUOS) and in the Departement of Public Lands of Sao Paulo’s City (Departamento de Gestão do Patrimônio Imobiliário). Her research interests are focused on public policy, law and development, urban planning, urban property and land conflicts.