Lucas E. Allegretti Prates received his LL.B. from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, and his LL.M. with Distinction in Human Rights from Birkbeck, University of London. His main research interests are related to legal and political anthropology, especially regarding the use of law (and its inherent violence) as a weapon to persecute opponents due to political, social and/or economic reasons (‘lawfare’). In the past decade Lucas has worked in the Brazilian civil society, researching and advocating for human rights at local, national and international levels. He has experience with issues ranging from urban planning to food policies, having worked alongside indigenous peoples, landless workers and traditional communities. In addition to that, Lucas has served as a National Counselor for the Brazilian Council of Food Security and Nutrition (CONSEA). He is also a lawyer registered in the Brazilian Bar Association and a Lassen Fellow at the Program of Latin American Studies (2019-2020).