Pedro Arcain is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and an Early Career Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University. He is also part of the Democracy Fellows Program at Harvard's Ash Center and the Victor Nunes Leal Chair in Judicial Studies at the Supreme Court of Brazil. His main research interests are at the intersection of public law, comparative law, government, public policy, and human rights. 


Pedro's work focuses on courts. He is currently working on two main projects: an empirical effort to better understand the power to review constitutional change from a global perspective; and a study on the evolution of judicial diversity and its impact on democratic institutions in Europe and the Americas. Pedro is currently a co-convenor of OxonCourts, a discussion platform supported by the University of Oxford's Faculty of Law and Department of Political Science and International Relations.


Prior to joining Oxford, Pedro was a Democratic Governance Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, conducting research on the role of courts in setting policy agendas. As a practitioner, he dealt with British and developing countries' legal and policy affairs at the UK Parliament, House of Lords, and with constitutional affairs and human rights policy at the Ministry of Human Rights of Brazil.


Pedro held visiting research positions at Yale University, Sciences Po, the University of Oxford (DPIR), and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Sao Paulo, when he wrote a dissertation on judicial politics and constitutional change in Latin America.

Research projects