Thais de Menezes Goncalves Zschaber


Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Law, Federal University of Minas Gerais


Democracy and Institutions; the Judiciary in Latin America; Populism and Authoritarianism in Latin America


During Law school, I had two research experiences in interdisciplinary studies. The first was held in a research group on modern slavery and the second was the research I led for my undergraduate thesis, which aimed to understand if legal jargon prevented citizens from understanding their lawyers and hearings. The relationship between Law and society has always fascinated me.

I have also served as teaching assistant for the undergraduate course of research methodology in the Law school. Additionally, I contributed to a project focused on developing up-to-date and easily accessible distance learning resources for students of Procedural Labor Law.

Since I graduated, I have worked at the electoral department of the Federal Prosecution Service, dealing with candidacies registration, gender quota enforcement, and campaign accountability. This experience connected me with questions regarding the strengths and problems of democracy in Brazil, reminding me of the need for multifaceted solutions that go beyond legal knowledge alone.