Lucas Miotto Lopes (L.)
I am an Assistant Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Maastricht.
I received my PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Research Masters in Theory of the State and Constitutional Law from PUC-Rio. I have also held a visiting fellowship at Brown University (Department of Philosophy).
My research interests revolve around Social Philosophy (legal, moral, and political) and Public Law. I am particularly interested in the different ways in which legal systems and government agents wrongfully interfere with the choices of individuals and in the justifications for such interferences. For the past few years, I have primarily worked on the relationship between law and coercion. My work has been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals in Legal Philosophy (eg Law and Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Ratio Juris). Currently, I am working on a general account of wrongful legal interference. I am also collaborating on research projects on online manipulation, conscientious objection, justice in health, and experimental jurisprudence.
Besides research and teaching, I devote part of my time to disseminating academic knowledge. I run the Maastricht Law and Philosophy Online Seminar Series (https://mlp2platform.wordpress.com/) and the Legal-Phi blog (https://legalphi.wordpress.com) where I interview early-career legal and moral philosophers to make their work more accessible to the public.
I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in conducting research in Legal Philosophy or on theoretical aspects of Public Law.
Professional career history
2014-2018: PhD in Law (University of Edinburgh)