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Henrique Carvalho



Assistant Professor


School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 765 74724

Research Interests

Henrique's research primarily explores the links between criminal law, punishment, subjectivity, intersubjectivity and society. His work looks at how aspects of and developments in criminal law and justice both reflect and condition matters of socio-political identity and organisation. His broader research interests include criminology, criminal law and criminal justice, responsibility and punishment, and legal, social and political theory.

More specifically, Henrique's current research primarily develops across two strands.

The first comprises a theoretical investigation of the philosophical and sociological foundations behind the rise of preventive and security measures in contemporary criminal law and justice. Its main argument is that the insecurity grounding the preventive turn has its origins in an ambivalence inherent in the conceptual and normative framework of liberal society itself, particularly with regards to notions of individual autonomy and freedom.

The second is a collaborative research project that examines the urge to punish in contemporary societies, using an interdisciplinary perspective to deconstruct the concept of punitiveness in order to better understand the social and subjective dimensions of punishment. The aim of this research is to challenge the rationale behind normative justifications for punishment, and to propose a holistic and trans-disciplinary theory of the role of punishment in contemporary societies, grounded on the concept of hostile solidarity.

Henrique is an editor for the Journal of Critical Realism, and is book reviews co-editor and an editorial board member of Social & Legal Studies.

Henrique welcomes proposals from students for supervising research in the following areas: criminal responsibility and its relation to identity and subjectivity; the philosophy and/or the sociology of punishment; prevention and insecurity in criminal law and justice; the interplay between individual autonomy and political authority; and the role of dangerousness in criminal law and criminal responsibility.


Henrique joined the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor in September 2015. He holds a PhD in Law (King's College London, 2013), an LLM in Legal Theory (Distinction, King's College London, 2009), a Specialism in Procedural Law and Legal Reasoning (UFPE, Brazil, 2007), and a BA in Law (Honours, UNICAP, Brazil, 2006).

Prior to coming to Warwick, Henrique was a Lecturer in Law at City University London, and a Visiting Lecturer at King's College London, having previously taught criminal law, public law, law and social theory and jurisprudence at King's College London, and criminal law at the LSE.

Research Projects

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  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2017. Liberty and insecurity in the criminal law : lessons from Thomas Hobbes. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 11 (2), pp. 249-271, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, Chamberlen, Anastasia, 2017. Why punishment pleases : punitive feelings in a world of hostile solidarity. Punishment & Society, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, Norrie, Alan W., 2017. 'In this Interregnum': dialectical themes in the critique of criminal justice. Social & Legal Studies, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2012. Terrorism, punishment, and recognition. New Criminal Law Review : An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 15 (3), pp. 345-374, View
Books and Chapters
  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2017. The preventive turn in criminal law: Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, Chamberlen, Anastasia, 2016. Punishment, justice and emotions. In: Tonry, Michael; (ed.), Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice, New York, Oxford University Press, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2016. Reviews of Making the modern criminal law : criminalization and civil order by Farmer, L. and In search of criminal responsibility : ideas, interests and institutions by Lacey, N.. Criminal Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell Ltd., pp. 950-955, Book Review, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2015. Book review : Preventive justice. Modern Law Review, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp. 407-410, Book Review, View
  • Carvalho, Henrique, 2011. Book review : The boundaries of the criminal law. Modern Law Review, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp. 986-989, Book Review, View

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