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Before joining King's, Dr Octavio Ferraz was a senior research officer to the UN special rapporteur for the right to health and then moved to Warwick Law School, where he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor for 8 years. Before moving to academia, he practiced law in Sao Paulo, Brazil, mostly in the fields of corporate public law and medical law for over ten years. He is still a member of the Brazilian Bar and contributes regularly to the Brazilian press.


MA in Medical Ethics & Law, King's College London (prize Benjamin Geijsen)        LLB and MPhil in Law, University of São Paulo
PhD in Law, University College London


Dr Ferraz's research interests are in the field of human rights and development, especially the role and impact of law and courts in poverty, equality and social justice. He adopts mostly comparative, transnational and international perspectives, and an interdisciplinary approach, engaging with political philosophy, economics, sociology and political sciences and combining empirical methods and theoretical inquiry in his projects.


He has published extensively in the field of human rights, development and law and social change, with particular emphasis on the role of constitutional and transnational courts in Brazil, other Latin American countries, India and South Africa in egalitarian social change. He engages actively with several transnational academic networks and projects involving scholars from Latin America, Europe, North America and South Africa.


  • Public Law
  • Human Rights Law in International and Transnational Perspective
  • Inequality, Human Development and the Rule of Law in Transnational perspective

Further details

Please see Octavio's Research Profile for further details.