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Raul Sanchez Urribarri

Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice, and Legal Studies, La Trobe University

Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies at the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Melbourne).

His work focuses on law and politics in comparative perspective, with an emphasis on Latin America. His research interests include judicial politics, law and development and judicial reform, using qualitative and quantitative methods.

His main goal is to contribute to the recent wave of analyses that assess the conditions that explain judicial empowerment, the politicization of courts and sound judicial reform practices across different political contexts. This is directly linked to a broad range of topics in comparative politics and legal studies.


  • 2011–present
    Lecturer, La Trobe University, School of Social Sciences
  • 2008–2011
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Tulane University
  • 2004–2008
    Teaching and Research Assistant, University of South Carolina (Department of Political Science / School of Law)
  • 1999–2004
    Professional Legal Advisor, Venezuelan Supreme Court


  • 2010 
    University of South Carolina, PhD/Political Science
  • 1999 
    Cambridge University, Master of Laws (LLM)
  • 1997 
    Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela), Abogado/Lawyer (Cum Laude)

Research Areas

  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Political Science (1606)
  • Latin American History (210308)