Marcelo Carvalho Loureiro

Marcelo Carvalho Loureiro

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marcelo is a Teaching Fellow in Law at Birmingham Law School teaching public law and related subjects. Their research centres mainly on the interplay between contemporary citizenship law, race and colonial legacies. They have previously been awarded grants from the European Union (EU/ EACEA), the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). 


  • Licence in Law (Coimbra, Rio)
  • PgDip in Human Rights (Coimbra)
  • MA in Intercultural Mediation (Barcelona)
  • LM in Crossing the Mediterranean (Venice)
  • MSSc in Intermediterranean Migrations (Montpellier III)


Marcelo completed their Licence in Law in 2016 after studying comparative, international and public law at the University of Coimbra, the Federal and State University of Rio de Janeiro and the University of Strasbourg. They were a EU Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Venice, and the University of Montpellier III before joining Birmingham Law School in 2018. 

Marcelo has previously worked with constitutional litigation, international arbitration and EU policy-making on migration in Brazil, Portugal and Brussels. 


  • Public Law, co-module leader
  • Decolonising Legal Concepts, co-module leader 
  • Legal Theory 

Doctoral research

PhD title
Decolonising nationality law: a critical legal theory of citizenship
Professor Fiona de Londras and Dr Sophie Boyron
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


Marcelo’s research interests include postcolonial legal studies, race, citizenship and colonial law in the British, Portuguese and French contexts. Their doctoral research examines the racial and colonial roots of contemporary nationality law through a critical socio-legal redescription of slavery, African servitude, and citizenship. Marcelo’s current research is concerned with analysing the interplay between race, civilisation and citizenship acquisition.  

Other activities

  • Marcelo is a Diversity Champion at Birmingham Law School. 
  • Visiting Lecturer in Asian and African Law at the SOAS University of London Law School'. 


Papers and lectures   

  • ‘Constitution, indigeneity and citizenship: analysing the roots for legal alterity in Lusophone constitutional systems?’(2021) Global Constitutionalism Scholars’ Workshop 2021. 
  • Global North, citizenship and slavery: a decolonising duty?’ (2021) The Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies 2021, University of California at Santa Barbara. 
  • ‘The Iberian construction of citizenship through subalternity’ (2021) Conference Showcasing Empires: The Legacy of Colonialism on Post-Imperial Societies, University of Birmingham and Aix-Marseille University. 
  • Navigating the laws of citizenship, slavery and indigeneity: tales from the Portuguese Overseas Empire’ (2021) Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, University of Cardiff. 
  • ‘Can the subaltern speak?: Uma análise conjunta do subalterno de Spivak e da balieusarde de Houda Benyamina’ (2020) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Cerco – Controle Estatal, Racismo e Colonialidade (June). 


  •  ‘COVID in Rio: between prudent favelas and a genocide Republic, Discover Society (Policy Press Web,  21 April 2020). Available here.