Here you can find my academic publications, opinion pieces, and latest presentations. The original is in English unless otherwise indicated.
Latest paper: *The Rise of the Constitutional Protection of Future Generations* (co-authored with Leonie Koessler, Working Paper nº 7, Legal Priorities Project, 2021).
- Araujo, R. and Koessler, L. *The Rise of the Constitutional Protection of Future Generations.* Working Paper nº 7, Legal Priorities Project, 2021. (under review)
- Many comparative constitutional law scholars have listed constitutional rights and studied their historical development. However, as new waves of constitution-making arise, new rights emerge too. This article argues that future generations are a new holder of legal interest in constitutions worldwide, a consequential phenomenon that has been overlooked by the literature thus far. By looking at all national written constitutions, historical and contemporary, we present a chronology of the constitutionalization of future generations and show how they went from a handful to 41% of all constitutions as of 2021 (81 out of 196). Through content analysis, we show how they have gradually become part of a modern, universalist language of constitution-making and have reframed older rights from abstraction into the protection of people in the future. We also assess the strength of these provisions, analyzing their de jure intensity and de facto repercussions, the latter through case studies from all over the globe.
- Dataset: Github
- Araujo, R. The political economy of crime control and the neoliberal penality hypothesis: A case study of Pernambuco, Brazil (2007-2014). Titmuss Best Dissertation Prize, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, 2020. (under review)
- This paper investigates the political economy of crime control in Pernambuco, Brazil, between 2007 and 2014. Its goal is to test the applicability of the neoliberal penality hypothesis (Wacquant 2001, 2009) to explain the rise in punitiveness that occurred in Pernambuco in that period, particularly considering the recent critiques raised regarding its application to Latin America during the ‘pink tide’ (Carrington et al. 2016, Sozzo 2018). This paper does so by reviewing the political economy and penal policy of Pernambuco during Eduardo Campos’ mandate, which represented the turn to the left in the region. Furthermore, it employs interview data with relevant decision-makers (N=12), questioning them about the proximate processes that led to the agenda-setting, conception, development, and legacy of Pact for Life. It concludes that proximate political processes, such as government structure and circumstantial political incentives, led to the rise in punitiveness. Furthermore, no evidence of the influence of neoliberal rationality was found, particularly considering the ideology of the decision-makers interviewed, which was generally welfare-focused and concerned with local solutions rather than policy importations. In tune with criticism raised by Carrington and others, this paper provides an empirical assessment of the hypothesis to this growing body of literature.
- Oliveira, L., Araujo, R., and Cavalcante, A. (2019). Fighting for dignified survival: the imprisonment of LGBTQI+ in Brazil–an autobiographical account. Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review, 5(1).
- Araujo, R., Hromada, M. (2019). Brazilian Judiciary. Soudce, 7-8, pp. 25-32. 🇨🇿
- Winter, C., Schuett, J., Martínez, E., Van Arsdale, S., Araujo, R., Hollman, N., Sebo, J., Stawasz, A., O'Keefe, C., and Rotola, G. (2021). Legal priorities research: A research agenda. Legal Priorities Project.
- Araujo, R. and Andrew, B. (2020). Restorative policing: the pandemic and beyond. Why me? Policy Reports.
- Araujo, R. (2017). The judicial ritual: an analysis of drug trafficking trials in the Czech Republic through Criminal Procedure and Legal Anthropology. Dissertation submitted as a requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Laws at the Federal University of Pernambuco. 🇧🇷
I wrote as a columnist for Retruco, an independent Brazilian news agency, from Oct 2019 to Dec 2020. Here are some selected pieces: 🇧🇷
I've also written for other outlets in 🇬🇧. Some selected pieces:
- *A Novel German Precedent for Protecting Future Generations* (UK Constitutional Law Association, May 12, 2021, with Leonie Koessler)
- Prisoners, family, and the pandemic in Brazil (Urban Violence Research Network, Nov. 9, 2020)
- Brazil’s ‘fake news’ bill threatens to harm internet freedom and individual rights (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Jul. 8, 2020, with Alice Gaudiot)