Machado, Maira

Getulio Vargas Law School
13 Dec 2021 to 16 Jan 2022

Maíra Rocha Machado has been an Associated Professor at Getulio Vargas Law School since 2011( She joined the institution in 2004 as Professor of Law. She teaches courses on Criminal Law and Sociology of Law, as well as on Methodology of Legal Research at the Law and Development Master and Doctorate Program. Her current research focuses on “prison lethality: the capacity of prisons to cause death” (Covid-19 included). She is an executive director of the Brazilian Research Network of Empirical Legal Studies ( and head of the empirical legal studies course. She has recently edited the book “Criminal Justice among powers” (Academica Livre, 2020) and co-edited “Modern Penal Rationality: theoretical approaches and empirical explorations from the South” (Almedina, 2020), both in Portuguese. Recent papers in English include “Incarcerating at any cost: Drug Trafficking and Imprisonment in Brazilian Court Reasoning” (Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 1(2), 2019) and “Covid-19 in prisons: a study of habeas corpus decisions by the São Paulo Court of Justice” (Journal, Brazilian Journal of Public Administration, 54(5), Sept-Oct, 2020). All her published work is available at

Area(s) of expertise: criminal and procedure law