Who we are

The Project on Autocratic Legalism (PAL) studies how rising autocrats use law to consolidate power and how law may be used to resist them. Our team includes scholars from multiple countries, disciplinary backgrounds, and traditions of inquiry. We operate as an International Research Collaborative (IRC) within the Law and Society Association and were selected as the inaugural topical laboratory in the Association’s brand-new Global Collaboration Program (GCP).

Project Components

Country Overviews

Brazil, India and South Africa

Thematic Comparative Analysis

Brazil, India and South Africa


Transnational Efforts to Combat Authoritarianism

The PALcast

The PALcast is the podcast of the Project on Autocratic Legalism (PAL).

The Podcast shares some of the conceptual debates behind, and research findings stemming from our project.

Our episodes are released every month or two. PALcast is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and hosted by Fabio de Sa e Silva. 

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