Dr Karina Patrício Ferreira Lima

Dr Karina Patrício Ferreira Lima


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Commercial Law in 2020. Prior to my appointment at the School, I completed my PhD in Law at the University of Durham, where I was honoured to be a Modern Law Review scholar from 2018 to 2020. My academic pursuits are driven by a passion for teaching, research, and policy engagement in the field of financial and monetary law, particularly in the context of International Economic Law.
I am a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy and a member of the Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP). In this capacity, I fulfil the role of programme manager for the MSc in Law & Finance, the LLM in International Banking and Finance Law, and the LLM in International Business Law.
My work has been recognised with several notable awards, including the 2022 Society of International Economic Law-Hart Prize in International Economic Law and the 2022 John H. Jackson Prize, awarded by the Journal of International Economic Law.
I am fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and have reading proficiency in Italian and French.


  • Programme Manager, MSc Law & Finance
  • Programme Manager, LLM International Banking and Finance Law
  • Programme Manager, LLM International Business Law

Research interests

My research interests centre on the constitutive role of law over the world’s economic organisation, with a particular focus on International Economic Law. My primary area of expertise is global economic governance, with a focus on the legal aspects of money, finance, and sovereign debt. I am particularly interested in the role of financial and monetary legal arrangements in developmental and environmental sustainability strategies. My research explores the legal governance of sovereign debt crises, the law and policy of international financial institutions, and the macroeconomic impact of financial law and regulation.

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Student education

I am part of the following teaching teams:

  • International Trade Finance Law (LAW5585M) (PGT), led by myself
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans (LAW5565M) (PGT), led by Professor Gerard McCormack

My academic support hours are on Mondays from 4-5pm and Tuesdays from 5-6pm during term time. To book a slot, click here.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
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