Dr Rafael Lima Sakr

School of Law

Lecturer

LAW Rafael Sakr
r.sakr@sheffield.ac.uk

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Dr Rafael Lima Sakr
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I am an expert in international law and governance, international economic law and political economy, banking and financial law and policy. My primary project is on the role of law and lawyers in global governance, economic regionalism and sustainable development. I am also working on projects related to the international monetary system, digital money and financial technology.

In 2020, I joined the University of Sheffield as lecturer. I am also an Emile Noel Fellow at the New York University School of Law. Before Sheffield, I taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the London School of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Sao Paulo. I was also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School in 2012-2013.

Furthermore, I am qualified as lawyer in Brazil and have practiced law since 2007. I 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 I rendered advice in financial law and regulation

Qualifications

Higher Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Ph.D.), London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Columbia University School of Law
  • Master of Philosophy in Law (M.Phil.), University of São Paulo Faculty of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of São Paulo Faculty of Law

Academic Certification

  • Certificate in Science and Innovation Diplomacy, University of São Paulo
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education – Associate Level, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Certificate in Law Teaching Improvement, University of São Paulo
Research interests
  • International Law and Governance
  • International Economic Law and Political Economy
  • Transnational Law and Technology of Banking, Finance and Money
  • Global Law and Economic Development
Research group

The Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (SICCL)

The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL)

Areas of research supervision

  • International Economic Law and Political Economy
  • Transnational Law and Technology of Banking, Finance and Money
  • Global Law and Economic Development
Teaching interests

My teaching philosophy is grounded in my experiences as a practitioner and as an academic. This means that I try to bring to the classroom what both – legal practitioners and intellectuals – have learned and contributed to the understanding of and reflection on the role of law in distinct social contexts. Putting it differently, studying law is not only an abstract matter of analysing legal ideas or only a vocational matter of mastering legal practices. Rather, I believe law is about how lawyers make sense of and engage with the world and its past, present and future challenges through legal expertise.

Bearing this in mind, I conceive modules as a conversation between me and my students about the law, legal expertise, and the wide society. I try to help them to make connections, in order to teach how lawyers think and reason about facts, moral values, norms, institutions and disputes. Putting it differently, law studies – as I see – hinge on the balance between content and skills. The two, of course, are related: legal thinking and reasoning involve the ability not only to make sense of facts and norms, but also to classify and analyse them with the purpose of framing problems and disputes as legal issues, to which legal rules, institutions and doctrines are applied, and finally an argument or decision is reached. I try to model this process for students in my modules, and I challenge them to do this in discussions and legal writing.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate

  • LAW323 - International Trade Law

Postgraduate

  • LAW60053 - WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges
  • LAW6159 - Trade Remedies in WTO Law