Daniela Arantes Prata

Daniela Arantes Prata

PhD Student in Law

LSE Law School

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Key Expertise
Corporate Compliance, Business and Human Rights

About me

Thesis title

'Corporate behaviour, compliance and the environment: A Latin American perspective' [provisional] 


Professor Veerle Heyvaert and Dr Richard Martin 

Research interests/areas

Business and Human Rights, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Behaviour, Corporate Social Responsibility, ESG, Environmental Law, Corporate Criminology, Green Criminology, Organisational Psychology 

Daniela Arantes Prata is a PhD candidate in Law at LSE. Her current research investigates the motivations that drive a company to be compliant (or not) with environmental and human rights laws and standards. The aim of her research is to understand (i) what corporate behaviour is, and what is its relationship with corporate compliance; and (ii) how legal requirements and other external pressures influence corporate behaviour, with a special focus on Latin America. 

Prior to joining LSE, Daniela has conducted extensive research into environmental legal frameworks and legal mechanisms of response to environmental disasters in Brazil from a multi-disciplinary perspective, specifically studying the Samarco case, related to the Fundão Dam Collapse, which occurred in Mariana, Minas Gerais, in November 2015. She has published about the case on several occasions, including a book entitled (in Portuguese) “Corporate crime and environmental victimisation: analysis of the Samarco case”. Daniela has also previously acted on behalf of victims of business-related environmental and human rights abuses in transnational civil liability litigation before UK courts. 

Daniela holds an LLM (First Class Honours) from University of Cambridge, King’s College, a Master’s in Criminal Compliance from University Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), and LLB from University of São Paulo (FDRP-USP), Brazil, where she has also been admitted to the Bar (OAB).  


Affiliations / Memberships

Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) 

University of São Paulo (USP) Business & Human Rights Working Group 

University of São Paulo (USP) Business Ethics & Corporate Crime Research 

International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), Young Penalists, Brazilian Group 

Awards / Scholarships

LSE Department of Law Studentship (2021-2025) 

Cambridge Trust Scholarship (2020-2021)  

Excellence Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement at University of São Paulo (2019) 

University of São Paulo Unified Research Scholarship (2017- 2018) 

Santander Ibero-American Exchange Scholarship Programme (2017)