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Diego Arguelhes

J.S.D. Candidate ‘13

Diego Werneck Arguelhes is assistant professor of constitutional law at the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School (FGV DIREITO RIO) at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he has participated, since 2003, in projects concerning legal education, constitutional law, and judicial reform. He is also a member of the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory (SELA) at Yale Law School. After earning both his Bachelor of Laws and Master’s degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Mr. Arguelhes came to Yale in 2007 to pursue a Master of Laws degree, which he completed in 2008.

Fields of Academic Interest & Dissertation Project
Mr. Arguelhes’ primary areas of academic interest are comparative constitutional adjudication, constitutional theory, judicial behavior and the comparative organization of judicial institutions. His J.S.D. research focuses on the way supreme courts in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico conceived their role under authoritarian rule, and how such self-understandings might have shaped these institutions’ behavior in the aftermath of the political transition in these countries. The broader goal of the project is to understand the political and legal conditions under which judicial continuity and the presence of traditional judicial review institutions might have influenced constitutional transformation and regime change in Latin American countries.

Doctoral Committee
Professors Bruce Ackerman (Supervisor), James Q. Whitman (Reader) and Jack M. Balkin (Reader).

Education
LL.M., Yale Law School, 2008
M.A. [Mestrado] (Public Law), U. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 2006
LL.B., U. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 2004

Contact information:
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06511
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