Researcher: Alexander Rodrigues de Castro

Information about Researcher Alexander Rodrigues de Castro


First nameAlexander
Last nameRodrigues de Castro
Academic title
Thematic area/fieldHS – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences / HS5 Norms and governance
Key wordsHistory of Law; Criminal Law; Minor's Law


Short summary of activities and expertiseI am an associate professor at the faculty of law of UniCesumar, in Brazil, where I teach criminal law and history of law in the undergraduate and graduate programs. I have received my PhD degree from the University of Florence (Italy) in the field of Theory and History of Law. Subsequently, I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Legal History of the University of Münster (Germany) and at the Latin American Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). In 2017, I was a resident fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, established in Warsaw by the Polish Academy of Sciences. Throughout my career, from my PhD until now, I have conducted research mostly in the field of history of law, with a focus in the history of criminal law. I have two ideas for the project to be submitted. The first concerns the history of the first Brazilian Penal Codification (1830) from a transnational perspective, analyzing it amidst the intense circulation of legal ideas in the early 1800's. The second concerns the history of Minor's Law in Brazil. The development of a specific set of legislation to deal with problems concerning "delinquent" or abandoned youth in Brazil started with the 1927 Code for Minors, which partially reflected certain social and scientistic ideologies (such as eugenics and the social hygiene movement). The "minors problem" grew considerably throughout the 1940's and 1950's and, with the collapse of Brazil's democracy due to the 1964 coup d'état, the new authoritarian government developed and implemented new harsher policies for destitute children, which later were formalized by the legal community (especially the National Association of Judges of Minors) in the 1979 Code for Minors. After the opening of the regime and the redemocratization, the "minorist system" was progressively dismantled. Each of these moments could be developed into a research project. At the moment, I am inclined to focus on the post-1964 moment.
Relevant publications and/or research/innovation products“Insider trading in the European Union and in Brazil: a comparison of the essential elements of its definition”, Journal of Financial Crime, vol. 28, n. 4, 2021. “The sanctioning of insider trading in Brazil and in the European Union and the protection of rights: a comparative analysis”, Revista Eletrônica do Curso de Direito da UFSM, v. 16, n. 1, 2021. “Iberian humanism and the humanity of the Native Americans: Francisco de Vitória and the laws of Burgos”, Revista direitos sociais e políticas públicas, v. 9, n. 2, 2021. “The principle of insignificance and its vicissitudes between Germany and Brazil: analysis of a case of inadvertent legal creativity (1964-2016)”, Revista da faculdade de direito da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, n. 74, 2019. “Muratori and the defects of jurisprudence: considerations on the theoretical foundations of 18th-century legal reforms”, Revista eletrônica do curso de direito da UFSM, v. 14, 2019. “The problem of bagatelle crimes in the emergence of the constitutional state: a brief analysis of the evolution of its technical-dogmatic treatment in Brazil and Italy”, Revista direitos sociais e políticas públicas, v. 6, n. 2, 2018. “Max Weber and the reception of roman law”, Revista eletrônica do curso de direito da UFSM, v. 12, 2017. “Enlightened Absolutism and legal culture in Portugal: rise and decline of legal Pombalism in the 18th century (1769-1789)”, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Germanistische Abteilung. Vol. 133, 2016. “Max Weber and the history of law: empirical and historiographical foundations of Weberian legal sociology”, Revista Brasileira de Estudos Políticos, n. 112, jan./jun. 2016. “‘Good reason’ and penal codification: notes on the eighteenth-century penal question in Portugal (1769-1789)”, Revista Brasileira de Estudos Políticos, n. 111, jul./dez. 2015. “Enlightenment and absolutism in Cesare Beccaria criminal law model”, Seqüência, V. 29, n. 57 (2008), 2009.
Other relevant achievementsI have received many grants throughout my career. Here some: 02.2020 – 01.2022 ICETI Fellowship for research productivity (Instituto Cesumar de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação). Research Project: “Human Rights and personal rights in the modern period: an investigation on the historical origins, philosophical foundations and interrelations of two legal fields dedicated to the protection of the human person”. 10.2017 – 07.2018 Junior Fellowship from PIASt (Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) for a research stay of 10 months. (obs.: shortened to 5 due to a new permanent employment). Research Project: “The Penal Code in the Rise of Liberalism (1813-1830)” 09.2015 – 08.2016 Scholarship from Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (Germany). Postdoctoral research conducted at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Münster, Germany) Research Project: “Criminal Law and Liberalism: a comparative study on the early 19th Century criminal law science in Brazil and Germany, (1799-1830)”. 10.2014 – 12.2014 Scholarship from Gastwissenschaftlerprogramm (University of Münster, Germany). WWU Fellowship for postdoctoral research at the Institut für Rechtsgeschichte (Institute for Legal History) of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Münster, Germany) Research Project: “Criminal law and liberalism: the 1830 Brazilian penal codification in the global history (1808-1830)” 06.2014 – 09.2014 Scholarship from Exzellenzcluster “Religion und Politik” (University of Münster, Germany). Postdoctoral research. Research Project: “Criminal law and liberalism: the 1830 Brazilian penal codification in the global history (1808-1830)” 2010 – 2013 CAPES Overseas Scholarship. (Ministry of Education, Brazil) Scholarship for the pursuit of a PhD abroad. Research Project: “The criminal problem between Italy and Portugal: formation and dissemination of criminal legal Enlightenment from Beccaria to the publication of Melo Freire's Draft Penal Code, (1764-1823).”
Preferred Host Institution type Public, Private, Academic, Research centre, Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
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Email alex.de.castro@hotmail.com
Phone number44991808888