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nks for visiting. I am Lecturer (permanent) in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), the University of Cambridge. I am also Fellow at Christ's College Cambridge and at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Previously I have been Research Professor at CIDE in Mexico City, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies in Providence, RI. 

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I specialize in international relations, international law and international history, with a specific interest in understanding the political origins, design, development, and effects of international humanitarian and human rights norms and law.

Recent achievements:
  • The European Journal of International Relations has accepted my article "Social Pressure and the Making of Wartime Civilian Protection Rules" for publication.
  • My book, provisionally titled "Under Social Pressure: The International Law of Internal Armed Conflict", has been accepted for publication by Cornell University Press. It should appear in 2020.
  • As part of our Newton Fund project, I and Professors Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Ulster, Minnesota Law, and UN Special Rapporteur) and Pablo Kalmanovitz (CIDE) have so far held two conferences on the influence of international law in the management of violence and armed conflict in Northern Ireland, Mexico, and Colombia. The first event took place at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) in Belfast on November 7, 2017, with participation of leading scholars in the fields of international human rights, humanitarian, and criminal law. For more info, click here. The second event took place at CIDE in Mexico City on March 9, 2018, under the name of "International Law and Violence in Mexico and UK/Northern Ireland: Comparative Lessons", with the participation of leading scholars on political violence and international law in Mexico and Northern Ireland.
  • The collection entitled "Do the Geneva Conventions Matter?", co-edited by Matthew Evangelista and Nina Tannenwald, has just been published by Oxford University Press. I have a chapter in it, on the history of the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols. You can buy the book here from OUP or from Amazon.
  • My article "Conforming Instrumentalists: Why the United States and the United Kingdom Joined the 1949 Geneva Conventions" is out in the European Journal of International Law. Link
  • My article “International Law at the Edge of National Sovereignty: The Political Origins of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions" has received an invitation to revise and resubmit from the American Journal of International Law.
  • In June 2017 I attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in Arlington, VA, for which I received a Global Scholars and Diversity Grant.
  • In March 2017 I participated in an ISA-Brown University workshop on "New Frontiers in Norms Research," co-organized by Michelle Jurkovich (U-Mass Boston) and Melissa Lee (Princeton,) at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. I presented a new draft paper entitled "Norm Dynamics 'Gone Overboard'? The Origins, Success, and Controversy around Customary International Humanitarian Law since 1977."
  • The British Academy has awarded me, alongside Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Ulster University, and University of Minnesota Law) and Prof. Pablo Kalmanovitz (CIDE) a Newton Fund grant for a 3-year project on the origins and influence of international humanitarian law (and related bodies of law) in Mexico, the UK, and Colombia.
  • The International Studies Association (Northeast) has awarded my paper "Compromised Commitments: Social Pressure and Rational Dysfunction in the Making of the Laws of War" the A. LeRoy Bennett Award for the Best Paper presented by a Faculty Member at the 2015 ISA-NE Annual Conference. 
  • In October 2015, I co-organized the conference "The Laws of War as an International Regime" with Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University) and Geoffrey Wallace (University of Washington), which took place at Princeton University.
I am Colombian, born and raised. Until 2007 I lived and worked in the exciting city of Bogotá, where I also received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Languages and Cultural Studies from the Universidad de los Andes. Before international politics, my original love were languages: I speak and write fluently in Spanish, English and French, I'm proficient in German and read/speak a tiny bit of Italian. Learning all these was instrumental to my research, enabling me to conduct careful archival research in the diplomatic archives of France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.