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Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima

Doctoral Researcher in Law, Durham University

Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima is a doctoral researcher and part-time tutor at Durham Law School. She has been awarded a Durham Law School Studentship to pursue her doctoral studies at Durham. She is also a Modern Law Review Scholar and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Karina holds an MA in International Affairs from the Latin American School of Social Sciences, and LLB and BA first-class honours degrees from the University of Buenos Aires, also recognised in Brazil by the Federal University of Ouro Preto. Her research interests lie in the role of law in the world's political and economic organisation, especially under a distributive perspective. She is a member of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) and of the Law and Global Justice (LGJ) research cluster at Durham Law School.

Karina’s doctoral research aims to contribute to the theoretical foundations of an international law on sovereign bankruptcy that is centred on distributive and developmental goals. Drawing on the scholarship of Law and Political Economy, her research is engaged on a scholarship of international law that is driven towards transforming the global political economy through institutional innovation.

Karina is a part-time tutor for English Law and Legal Methods, an undergraduate module at Durham Law School. She also collaborates as a research assistant in the project ‘Unacceptable Forms of Work’, funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, in partnership with UN's International Labour Organisation.

Karina speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish. She can also read in French.


  • –present
    Doctoral Researcher in Law, Durham University