The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to democracy and human development.
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.