Daniela Travaglia

Daniela Travaglia

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLM International Human Rights Law, University of Essex  (Distinction)
  • Post-graduation in Procedural Law, Universidade da Amazonia (First Class)
  • Law Degree, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (First Class)


I have an international human rights law background and professional experience in the Brazilian justice system. For more than 12 years, I have held the post of Judicial Analyst, after being approved in a public entrance examination with thousands of candidates and being ranked in fourth place. I provided legal advice and drafted judicial decisions to appellate court judges.   

During my LLM, I participated in a research project at the Essex Human Rights Clinic. I designed and conducted research on the impact of privatisation on the health sector. I applied quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and explored the borders of privatisation of health services, using an international human rights law framework. I worked in a team of academics in partnership with NGO’s, and the result was a complete report on the topic.

I also designed and conducted extensive research on gender equality and political participation. I used quantitative analysis to investigate the causes of women’s political low involvement in Brazil. I was able to develop innovative measures to improve gender quotas results in the Brazilian Congress. My research created public engagement and impact in Brazil. I presented my finding to political parties, candidates and the public in an event promoted by the Electoral Justice. I also developed an online course about gender equality in politics to Brazilian civil servants and policymakers, communicating complex data and legal analysis through an uncomplicated language.

I worked as a Research Assistant at the CEPLER Law Research Hub on a project about the reasons why women are leaving the legal profession at higher rates than men, reporting to Prof Robert Lee and Liden Thomas. I am also working as Teaching Assistant in the module ‘Law in Action’ to first-year undergraduate students, benefiting from my passion for legal research and impact beyond academia.


Law in Action (Birmingham Law School)

Doctoral research

PhD title
Right to a fair trial in Brazilian Appellate Courts: A Perspective through the lens of Feminist Theory
Dr Meghan Campbell and Dr Natasa Mavronicola
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research uses a socio-legal methodology to investigate whether the gender imbalance in Brazilian appellate courts compromises the right to a fair trial, in its impartiality aspect. I adopt a feminist and critical approach to the understanding of impartiality, and a mixture of legal analysis and empirical research with Brazilian judges, lawyers and litigants

Other activities

  • Chevening Scholarship (2017/2018)
  • Fieldwork grant by Socio-Legal Studies Association (2020)
  • Member of Law and Society
  • Member of Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Research poster presented at SLSA virtual conference 2020
  • Global Legal Studies Research Group, Birmingham Law School
  • Postgraduate Research Representative, Birmingham Law School
  • Postgraduate Research in Law Mentor, Birmingham Law School