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Ezequiel González Ocantos

BA MPhil Camb, PhD Notre Dame

Professor of Comparative and Judicial Politics, DPIR
Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College
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I am Professor of Comparative & Judicial Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College.

My primary research agenda is in the field of comparative judicial politics. I am particularly interested in the determinants of judicial and prosecutorial behaviour in high-stakes cases of macro-criminality, including human rights violations and grand corruption. I've published four books on these topics: Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the Herman Pritchett Best Book Award from APSA's Law and Courts Section, the best book award from ISA's Human Rights Section, and the Donna Lee Van Cott Best Book Award from LASA's Political Institutions Section; The Politics of Transitional Justice in Latin America: Power, Norms and Capability Building (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Prosecutors, Voters, and the Criminalisation of Corruption in Latin America (w/ Paula Muñoz, Nara Pavao & Viviana Baraybar; Cambridge University Press, 2023), which won the Charles Levine Memorial Book Prize from IPSA and received an honourable mention from LASA's Donna Lee Van Cott Best Book Award committee; and The Limits of Judicialization: From Progress to Backlash in Latin America (co-edited w/ Sandra Botero & Daniel Brinks; Cambridge University Press, 2022). 

I've also published on judicial dialogue and backlash in the Inter-American System of Human Rights; the relationship between courts and public opinion in Latin America and Europe; the political economy of vote buying and electoral intimidation; and qualitative methods. My peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political ResearchInternational Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research ReviewLaw & Policy, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Peace ResearchSociological Methods & Research, The International Journal of Constitutional Law and The International Journal of Human Rights.

Since 2021 I co-edit Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, the flagship publication of APSA's Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research Section.

I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. My doctoral thesis won APSA's 2013 Edward S. Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of Public Law. In 2018 I won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations, which recognises "the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising."

Research

  • Comparative Judicial Politics
  • International Courts, Transitional Justice & Human Rights
  • Corruption
  • Comparative Politics of Latin America
  • Qualitative Methods in Political Science

Teaching

  • Research Design in Comparative Political Science (MPhil/DPhil, MT)
  • Qualitative Methods (MPhil/DPhil)
  • Comparative Government (PPE/MPhil)
  • I am happy to supervise students interested in comparative judicial politics, international courts and law, transitional justice, human rights, corruption, qualitative methods and Latin American politics
Ezequiel González Ocantos

Publications

Journal Articles

2022

Ansolabehere, K., Botero, S. and Ocantos, E. (2022) “Conceptualizing and Measuring Legal Culture: Evidence from a Survey of Mexican Federal Judges Conceptualizar y medir la cultura legal”, Politica y Gobierno, 29(2).
Mariela Ansolabehere, K., Botero, S. and Gonzalez Ocantos, E. (2022) “Conceptualizing and Measuring Legal Culture: Evidence from a Survey of Mexican Federal Judges”, POLITICA Y GOBIERNO, 29(2).

2019

GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Baraybar, K. (2019) “Lava Jato Beyond Borders: The Uneven Performance of Anti-Corruption Judicial Efforts in Latin America”, Taiwan Journal of Democracy [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and LAPORTE, J. (2019) “Process Tracing and the Problem of Missing Data”, Sociological Methods and Research, n/a, pp. 1–29.

2018

Gonzalez Ocantos, E., Meseguer, C. and Kiewiet de Jonge, C. (2018) “Remittances and Vote Buying”, Latin American Research Review [Preprint].
Gonzalez Ocantos, E. (2018) “Communicative Entrepreneurs: The Case of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Dialogue with National Judges”, International Studies Quarterly [Preprint].

2016

Gonzalez Ocantos, E. (2016) “Evaluations of Human Rights Trials and Trust in Judicial Institutions: Evidence from Fujimori’s Trial in Peru”, The International Journal of Human Rights, 20(4), pp. 445–470.

2015

Gonzalez-Ocantos, E., Kiewiet de Jonge, C. and Nickerson, D. (2015) “Legitimacy buying: the dynamics of clientelism in the face of legitimacy challenges”, Comparative Political Studies, 48(9), pp. 1127–1158.

2014

González Ocantos, E. (2014) “Persuade them or oust them: crafting judicial change and transitional justice in Argentina”, Comparative Politics, 46(4), pp. 479–498.

2013

Gonzalez Ocantos, E., de Jonge, C. and Nickerson, D. (2013) “The conditionality of vote-buying norms: experimental evidence from Latin America”, American Journal of Political Science, 58(1), pp. 197–211.
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Dinas, E. (no date) “Defending the European Court of Human Rights: Experimental Evidence from Britain”, European Journal of Political Research [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. (no date) “Carrots and Sticks: Experimental Evidence of Vote Buying and Voter Intimidation in Guatemala”, Journal of Peace Research: an interdisciplinary and international quarterly of scholarly work in peace research [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Sandholtz, W. (no date) “Constructing a Regional Human Rights Legal Order: The Inter-American Court, National Courts, and Judicial Dialogue, 1988 – 2014”, International Journal of Constitutional Law [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Sandholtz, W. (no date) “The Sources of Resilience of International Human Rights Courts: The Case of the Inter-American System”, Law and Social Inquiry [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E., Feierherd, G. and Tuñón, G. (no date) “Witch Hunts? Electoral Cycles and Corruption Lawsuits in Argentina”, British Journal of Political Science [Preprint].
Gonzalez Ocantos, E. and Dinas, E. (no date) “Compensation and Compliance: Sources of Public Acceptance of the UK Supreme Court’s Brexit Decision”, Law and Society Review [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Morcillo, A. (no date) “Philanthropic Foundations and Transnational Activist Networks: Ford and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights”, International Studies Quarterly [Preprint].
GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Melendez, C. (no date) “Rethinking the Role of Issue-Voting in Referenda: Conjoint and Vote Choice Analyses of Preferences for Constitutional Change in Chile”, Comparative politics [Preprint].

Books

2023

GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. (2023) Prosecutors, Voters, and the Criminalization of Corruption in Latin America. Cambridge University Press.

2020

Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2020) The politics of transitional justice in Latin America: Power, norms, and capacity building, pp. 1–73.

2019

GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. (2019) The Politics of Transitional Justice in Latin America. Cambridge University Press.

c-book

2022

GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E., Botero, S. and Brinks, D. (eds.) (2022) “The Limits of Judicialization”. Cambridge University Press.

Chapters

2022

GONZALEZ OCANTOS, E. and Baraybar Hidalgo, V. (2022) “Prosecutorial Agency, Backlash and Resistance in the Peruvian Chapter of Lava Jato”, in E. GONZALEZ OCANTOS, S. Botero, and D. Brinks (eds.) The Limits of Judicialization: From Progress to Backlash in Latin America. Cambridge University Press.

2016

Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “Mexico An Untamed Judiciary and the Failure of Criminal Prosecutions”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, pp. 206–268.
Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “Legal Preferences and Strategic Litigation”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, pp. 27–70.
Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “From Unresponsive to Responsive Judiciaries”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, p. 1 - +.
Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “Comparative Perspectives on the Problem of Legal Preferences”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, pp. 269–289.
Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “Argentina Pedagogical Interventions and Replacement Strategies in the Struggle for Human Rights”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, pp. 71–140.
Gonzalez-Ocantos, E. (2016) “Peru Pedagogical Interventions and Human Rights Trials in Unfriendly Territory”, in SHIFTING LEGAL VISIONS: JUDICIAL CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIALS IN LATIN AMERICA, pp. 141–205.