Rafael will join the University of Sheffield Law School in 2020. He is an expert in international law and governance, international economic law and political economy, banking and financial law and policy. His primary project is on the role of law and lawyers in global governance, economic regionalism and sustainable development. He is also working on projects related to the international monetary system, digital money, open banking/finance, financial technology and regulatory sandboxes.
Moreover, Rafael is an associate fellow of the UK High Education Academy since 2016. He has a diverse, yet specialized, educational background, with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an LLM from the Columbia University Law School, and an MPhil in Law and also an LLB from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He was also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School in 2012-2013.
Prior to Sheffield, Rafael was a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he lectured on courses in international law and international economic law. He has also taught banking and financial law and regulation, commercial and private law at the University of Birmingham, the London School of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Sao Paulo.
Furthermore, Rafael has practiced law since 2007. He was a senior associate at Motta, Fernandes Rocha Advogados, a Brazilian law firm specializing in financial and business law, and before that, a senior in-house counsel at the B3 – the Brazilian Stock and Futures Exchange, where he rendered advice in financial law and regulation.