Dr Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima

Dr Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima


I joined the School of Law in December 2020 as a Lecturer in Commercial Law. My main area of research is international economic law, with a focus on global economic governance and the law of money, finance and sovereign debt.

Before joining the School I completed my PhD at Durham Law School, where I held the highly competitive and prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship (2018-2020) and Durham Law School Studentship (2017-2020). My doctoral thesis builds the political economy foundations of an international law on sovereign bankruptcy. Inspired by the Law and Political Economy movement, legal institutionalism and heterodox economics, my research is driven towards transforming the global economy through institutional innovation.

During my doctoral studies at Durham Law School, I also worked as a Teaching Assistant for core undergraduate modules and taught as an Invited Lecturer on Advanced Issues in International Economic Law. In addition, I was Project Manager of the Decent Work Regulation Project, led by Professor Deirdre McCann. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the project is a partnership with the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO).

I am affiliated to the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL) and the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI), supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). I am also chair of the IEL Collective’s Law & Finance Working Group, where I do research and policy work on sovereign debt in collaboration with academic and policy partners in the UK and beyond.

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 areas of expertise include global economic governance, international financial institutions, and the international legal architecture of money and finance. I am particularly interested in the role of financial and monetary legal infrastructures in development and environmental sustainability strategies, including in the fields of sovereign debt and sovereign insolvency.

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  • PhD in Law, Durham University
  • MA in International Affairs, Latin American School of Social Sciences (Distinction)
  • LLB in Law, University of Buenos Aires (First)

Student education

I lead the postgraduate module on International Trade Finance Law (LAW5585M) and am part of the teaching team of the postgraduate course on International Economic Law (LAW5830M).

My academic support hours are on Mondays 10-11am and Fridays 4-5pm. To book a time slot, click here.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice