Pedro Felipe De Oliveira Santos


Pedro Felipe is a research student in the field of Constitutional Law. His doctoral research is supervised by Professor Paul Yowell and focuses on how interactions between courts and political institutions influence the consolidation and the transformation of judicial review in distinct jurisdictions. Pedro is particularly interested in qualitative comparative analysis to better understand the dynamics of institutional change in dysfunctional political environments, with emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches involving Political Science and Complexity Theory.

Pedro Felipe holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Dean's Scholar Prize, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) summa cum laude from the University of Brasilia, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his class.

Pedro Felipe also serves as Federal Judge in Brazil since 2013. As the current Director of Training at the Judicial School of the Brazilian Federal Court for the First Circuit, he is in charge of continuing education programs for federal judges in his country. During his judicial career, he served the Brazilian Supreme Court as Auxiliary Judge for a two-year term, from 2017 to 2018. Before being appointed to the bench, he worked as a Federal Public Defender and clerked at the Brazilian Federal Court for the First Circuit. 

Pedro has teaching experience in Constitutional Theory, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Private Law. He is also a member of the OxonCourts discussion group, which is affiliated both to the Faculty of Law and to the Department of Policial Science.

Research Interests

Constitutional Law; Constitutional Theory; Comparative Constitutional Law; Political Science; Complexity Theory.

Research projects & programmes