Hi! My name is Augusto Sperb Machado. I am currently a Graduate Assistant in Political Theory and History of Political Ideas at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland. Previously, as an Eiffel Excellence Scholar, I obtained a Master's research degree in Politics at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. I also hold a Bachelor of Laws and a Master's degree in Philosophy, both at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where I was born and raised.

My research interests revolve around normative political philosophy, history of contemporary political ideas, and analytical jurisprudence. Right now, I am preparing a Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between luck egalitarianism, conservatism, and public policy. Many of my past works focused on the moral foundations of the rule of law.

On this website, you will find my academic work here and my curriculum vitae here. There is also some personal stuff here (old pics, facts about me, etc.).

You can always reach me by e-mail at augusto@machados.org.


  • PhD candidate at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Vaud, Switzerland currently.

Dissertation's provisional title: Social Justice and the Things We Cannot Control: The Moral and Political Significance of Luck to Social Public Policy [to be written in English]

  • Master's degree in Politics at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France 2020.

Master's thesis: Egalitarianism between Institutions and Ethoses: A Study on the Site of Social Justice in John Rawls and Gerald Cohen [written in French]

  • Master's degree in Philosophy at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil 2020.

Master's thesis: Rule of Law and Freedom as Non-domination: Sketch of a Neo-republican Conception of Legality [written in Portuguese]

  • Bachelor of Laws at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil 2017.

Undergraduate thesis: From the Germ of Justice Thesis to the Rule-of-Law Ideal: A Study on the Value of Proceeding by Rule in H. L. A. Hart’s work [written in Portuguese]

recent publications

O Estado de Direito e a liberdade como não dominação: esboço de uma concepção neorrepublicana da legalidade [book]

Porto Alegre: Seminário de Filosofia do Direito - UFRGS, 2020. xiv + 203 p.

La définition « standard » de la désobéissance civile entre l'exigence de fidélité à la loi et l'idéal de l'État de droit [article]

Dissonância, 3 (1), 2019, p. 155-189.