Pedro Henrique Arcain Riccetto is currently a visiting doctoral student at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), and a Ph.D. candidate in Constitutional Law at the University of São Paulo Law School (USP). Before joining the University of Oxford, he held research positions at Yale University, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
In Brazil, he is a member of the Constitution, Politics & Institutions Group at University of São Paulo and works on a collective research at Fundação Getúlio Vargas School of Law (FGV Law SP). To develop his research at University of Oxford, he was nominated by USP Law School for a merit-based federal scholarship (Ministry of Education) that covers his expenses during the period.
His doctoral dissertation focuses on judicial politics, and proposes a cognitive approach to promote a better understanding of the judicial decision-making process on the Brazilian Supreme Court. In particular, he is interested in the investigation of how intense are the legal, institutional and political constraints on justices’ personal preferences when deciding salient cases. Adopting socio-legal methodology and a cognitive framework, he proposes as empirical analysis an in-depth case study on the Brazilian Supreme Court.