Raul Sanchez Urribarri is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina (2010), an LL.M. from Cambridge University (1999), and a Law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (1997) in Venezuela.
He is interested in the intersection between Law and Politics in comparative perspective, with an emphasis on understanding the role of informal factors on the operation of courts across different political systems, especially in weakly institutionalized democracies and authoritarian regimes. A significant part of his research is about Latin America and Venezuela in particular. Raul is currently finalising a book on the politicisation of courts in Venezuela from a comparative perspective.