I am from Bogota, Colombia. I am a J.S.D candidate on International Human Rights Law at Notre Dame Law School. I received my LL.B from the Universidad del Rosario in 2009 (Bogotá, Colombia) and my LL.M in International Legal Studies and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013 (Washington D.C). Before coming to Notre Dame I worked in a boutique Law firm in Bogotá where I devoted myself to research and litigation in Colombian administrative and constitutional law. I also worked at the International Legal Affairs Office of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where I collaborated in the treaty negotiation and ratification process, and taught International Public Law at the Universidad del Rosario Law School.

I am interested in international law, human rights theory, development issues and Catholic social teaching. My doctoral studies focus on the relationship between business and human rights, and development. The purpose of my dissertation is to understand how the responsibility of corporations and other private actors to respect human rights can promote development in countries with high rates of poverty. My dissertation topic poses questions about the recognition of new duty-bearers under international human rights law, the relationship between human rights and development, and the limits of the law to promote social change.

When not engaged in academic pursuits, I love to spend time with my wife and son. I also like doing martial arts, going to the movies and traveling.

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Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet