I am Raul Sanchez Urribarri, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.  I have a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina (2010); an LL.M. from Cambridge University (1999), and a Law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (1997).

I am interested in the intersection between Law and Politics in comparative perspective, with an emphasis on understanding the role of informal factors on the operation of courts across different political systems, especially in weakly institutionalized democracies and authoritarian regimes.   A significant part of my research is about Latin America and Venezuela in particular.

My research is linked to different scholarly traditions, including Comparative Law, Law and Society, Comparative Politics, and Judicial Politics.  My work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Journal of Politics, Law and Social Inquiry, The Annual Review of Law and Social Science, International Political Science Review and Thesis Eleven.

My teaching portfolio includes a variety of courses, such as Research Methods, Policing in Democratic Societies, Law and Development and Rule of Law Issues.  I also coordinate a research-oriented study tour course to New Orleans and Mississippi (Second iteration in 2020) and offer post-graduate supervision in topics related to my expertise.

Currently, I serve as Secretary of the Sections of Political Institutions and Processes and Venezuelan Studies of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and I am a Commissioning Editor at Thesis Eleven (Sage).