Dr Renato Costa

Associate Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Dr Renato Costa joined the T. C. Beirne School of Law as an LLM student in 2018. Before undertaking his studies at the University of Queensland, he practised as a lawyer in one of Brazil's most prominent law firms. Renato specialises in constitutional and comparative law.

Renato graduated with an LLB from the Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Pernambuco, in Brazil. He holds a PhD and an LLM from T.C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. Renato is the Associate Editor of the University of Queensland Law Journal - UQLJ. He teaches Public and Constitutional Law and has been a guest lecturer in courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Renato's main research area is public law, including constitutional, administrative, and comparative law. His research focus is constitutional theory and specific aspects of the Australian constitutional system, including but not limited to the rule of law, federalism, constitutional history, religious freedom and human rights, responsible government, political and legal theology, and jurisprudence.

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law and Theory
    Principles of constitutional law; Theoretical perspectives on constitutional change; History of constitutions; Comparative constitutional law.
  • Australian Public Law
    Australian Constitution; Australian federalism; Australian perspective in comparative constitutional law.
  • Political Theology
    Relationship between Church and State; Theological origins of political and legal institutions; Reformed theology and law.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Constitutional Law, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Law, The College of Law
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Law, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UniCaP)


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  • Costa, Renato Saeger Magalhaes and Freitas, Juarez eds. (2017). Direito Público: Grandes Temas. Curitiba, Brazil: Juruá Editora.

Book Chapter

  • Costa, Renato S.M., Santos Cunha, Bruno, de Queiroz Barboza, Estefania Maria and Buss, Gustavo (2023). Brazil. The 2022 Global Review of Constitutional Law. (pp. 74-78) edited by Richard Albert, David Landau, Pietro Faraguna and Giulia Andrade. Austin, TX United States: University of Texas.

  • Martins, Ana Paula Antunes, Faria, Cristina Elsner de, Ribeiro, Henrique Marques and Costa, Renato Saeger Magalhaes (2020). The federative pact and prevention policies to face violence against women: a compared approach between Brazil and Australia. Reflections on prevention policies for gender based violence against women and girls: debates in Brazil and Australia. (pp. 21-32) edited by Tiago Pierobom de Ávila, Aline Yamamoto, Cristina Elsner de Faria, Jude McCulloch and Kerry Carrington. Brasilia, DF: UN Women: MPDFT.

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