Nuffield Fellow wins 2018 Leverhulme Prize

22 Oct 18

Nuffield Fellow wins 2018 Leverhulme Prize

Professorial Fellow Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos receives prize for research in comparative judicial politics.

Congratulations to Nuffield Professorial Fellow Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos, who has been awarded the 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations for his work on human rights trials and judicial activism in Latin America.

The Philip Leverhulme Prize is awarded every year to outstanding researchers whose work has attracted international recognition and who have an exceptionally promising career ahead of them. Winners received £100,000 over two to three years to use to advance their research. Ezequiel joins 29 other prize-winners from disciplines ranging from Classics to Earth Sciences.

On receiving the Prize, Ezequiel commented:

“I am extremely honoured to be the recipient of the 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize. This award will allow me to continue with my research in comparative judicial politics.

“My first major project focused on the surge of human rights prosecutions and trials in Latin America since the late 1990s. In my current work, I explore another major transformation in the political involvement of Latin American courts. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of anti-corruption judicial activism. Like never before, courts in Latin America are investigating and punishing corruption at the highest level, with far-reaching implications.”