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Felipe Tirado is a PhD Candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law (funded by King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies), a Visiting Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the Law School, and an Academic Skills Tutor at King's Academy. Felipe holds an LLM from the Dickson Poon School of Law and an MPhil in Law from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is an researcher associated with the King's Brazil Institute and the Center for Studies on Transitional Justice (UFMG), a Senior Editor of King's Student Law Review and a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association in the state of Minas Gerais.

He has been a researcher at the Latin American Transitional Justice Network, and has previously worked as an adviser for the Minas Gerais Truth Commission and at law firms in Brazil and the United Kingdom.


Thesis title: The Car Wash Operation: law, corruption, judicial independence and accountability in Brazil

Felipe's doctoral research aims to improve the understanding on law, judicial independence and anti-corruption, through an analysis of the Operation Car Wash in Brazil. The research is focused on the Brazilian legal culture; the matter of judicial independence and the discussion between formality and substance of law. It endeavours to answer the question in a comparative socio-legal investigation of the abovementioned research problem through (a) doctrinal research methods, (b) archival research methods (i.e., legislation, judicial decisions and legal procedures), and (c) an empirical qualitative research, specifically focused on elite interviews of Brazilian federal judges and prosecutors. Felipe's research interests range from corruption, judicial independence, legal cultures, crimes against humanity and gross violations of human rights, transitional justice, and Latin America and Brazil.

PhD supervision

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