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



Cruelty in Criminal Law: Four Conceptions, Criminal Law Bulletin (2015)

This Article defines four distinct conceptions of cruelty found in underdeveloped form in domestic and...



The Great Alliance: History, Reason, and Will in Modern Law, Law and Contemporary Problems (2015)

This article offers an interpretation of the intellectual and political origins of modern law in...



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...



Punição e Constituição: Cinco Princípios Para o Futuro da Democracia Brasileira (Punishment and the Constitution: Five Principles for the Future of Brazilian Democracy), Anais da XXII Conferência Nacional dos Advogados Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (2014)

Portuguese Abstract: Publicado nos Anais da XXII Conferência da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil realizada...


Open Letter


Open Letter: A Future for Legal Education (2015)

A deepening malady marks the present and threatens the future of legal education: not enough...