Julia Cadaval Martins is an SJD candidate at Georgetown Law and a Fellow at the Social Agency Lab at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Julia’s research is situated in the intersection of law, institutions, and development, focusing on cooperation, institutional design, federalism, and water law and governance. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and a Research Assistant at the Harvard Environmental Law and Policy Program. Julia earned her LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School, where she was also a Summer Academic Fellow. Previously, she had completed a master’s degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Rio de Janeiro State University.

In Brazil, Julia worked as a consultant on a social and economic development project in the North of Brazil. She was also a researcher in a project funded by the Brazilian government that assessed the problems in the relationship between regulatory agencies and the judiciary.

Julia is working on her doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Alvaro Santos.