Paulo Barrozo is a theorist whose work has offered new understandings of rights,
punishment, cruelty, structural mercy, the political, and the origins and nature of
modern law and institutions. His current work focuses on sovereignty and reason,
constructive formalism, reflective evolution and futurism, normative imagination, and the
transformation of legal education. Barrozo received an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and
a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute.
Before joining Boston College Law School, he was a Lecturer in social thought at Harvard
University, where he was the first recipient of the Stanley Hoffman Prize for Excellence
in Teaching. Barrozo is an active advocate for the rights of the neurodiverse and the



What are Transitions For? Atrocity, International Criminal Justice, and the Political, Quinnipiac Law Review (2014)

This essay offers an answer to the question of what societies afflicted by atrocities ought...



Reconstructing Constitutional Punishment, Washington University Jurisprudence Review (2014)

Constitutional orders punish — and they punish abundantly. However, analysis of the constitutionality of punishment...



Por um Law no Mundo: Fundamentos Jusfilosóficos do Instituto da Adoção como Direito Humano, Revista de Direito Administrativo (2013)

Este ensaio articula os fundamentos jusfilosóficos do direito humano e cosmopolita dos jovens privados de...



Fact Therapy: Review of William J. Stunz's The Collapse of American Justice, Commonweal (2012)

Book review of "The Collapse of American Criminal Justice" by William J. Stuntz.



Forthcoming Publications


The Jurisprudence of Cruelty in Criminal Law, (2014)

This article identifies and explains four conceptions of cruelty in criminal law and reconstructs the...


Works in Progress

Imagination and Formalism in Law (2014)

Contribution to edited volume celebrating the 25th year of publication of Martti Koskenniemi’s From Apology...

Law and Imagination in Latin America (2014)

Contribution to the book Frontiers of Contemporary Legal Thought.




The Great Alliance: History, Reason, and Will in Modern Law, Lecture Series on Legal Philosophy between State and Transnationalism, Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2013)

This article offers an interpretation of the intellectual and political nineteenth-century origins of modern law....

Law as Moral Imagination: The Great Alliance and the Future of Law, Presentation of book manuscript in the Faculty Speaker Series at the University of Colorado Law School (2011)
Intellectual Projects and Academic Careers in Law, Presentation in the Harvard Law School Graduate Program (2010)
Missing the Transition from Emergency Relief to Systemic Development in Haiti, Panelist at The NUSL International Law Society and The Northeastern Law Forum (2010)
Constitutional Equality and Racial Inequality, Works in Progress Lecture Series of Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (2009)