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Tulane University

Raúl Sánchez Urribarrí

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Raúl Sánchez Urribarrí is non-resident research fellow in CIPR. Urribarrí attained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina (2010), a Law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela), and an LL.M. from Cambridge University. He specializes in Comparative Judicial Politics, with an emphasis on Latin America and has taught classes in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Public Law. Find our more about Raúl Sánchez Urribarrí by visiting his blog.


  • Abogado, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1997
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge, 1999
  • Ph.D. candidate, The University of South Carolina

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2008-
  • Graduate Assistant, University of South Carolina, 2004-2008
  • Lecturer, Universidad Católica Andres Bello Law School, 2003-2004
  • Teaching Assistant, Universidad Monteavila Law School, 2003-2004
  • Lecturer, Instituto de Altos Estudios Academicos Pedro Gual, 2002-2003

Research & Teaching Specializations: Judicial and Comparative Politics; Latin American Democracy

Related Experience

  • Directive Member, Latin American Studies Association, Venezuelan Studies Section, 2006-2009
  • Graduate Assistant, The Carter Center (Americas Program), 2007
  • Auxiliary Attorney, Plenary Chamber, Supreme Court, Caracas, Venezuela, 2002-2004
  • Coordinator Attorney, Constitutional Chamber, Supreme Court, Caracas, Venezuela, 2000-2002
  • Coordinator Attorney, Criminal Law Chamber, Supreme Court, Caracas, Venezuela, 1999


  • Excellence in American Politics & Public Administration, University of South Carolina, Dept. of Political Science, 2008
  • Travel Award, American Political Science Association, 2006
  • Michael Scardaville Travel Award , Latin American Studies Program, University of South Carolina, 2006

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. “Explaining Changes to Rights Litigation: Testing a Multivariate Model in a Comparative Framework.” With Susanne Schorpp, Kirk A. Randazzo and Donald R. Songer. Journal of Politics.
  • 2008. “Venezuela – the Left Turning Further Left?” In Leftovers: Tales of the Two Latin American Lefts. Jorge Castaneda and Marco Antonio Morales-Barba, eds. London: Routledge.
  • 2008. “Characteristics of the Judiciary v. Corruption Perception.” Sistemas Judiciales. 13 (May): 88-99.
  • 2007. “News from the Comparative Realm.” American Political Science Association Law & Courts Newsletter. Spring: 11-13.
  • 2002. “La Sala Constitucional del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Venezuela.” In Memoria Política. Valencia, Venezuela: Centro de Estudios Políticos y Administrativos, Universidad de Carabobo, Facultad de Derecho. 7: 115-142.