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Email

fip20@cam.ac.uk
Abogado (UCAB, Venezuela), LLM, PhD (Cantab)
John Tiley Fellow in Law (Queens’); Fellow (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law)

Interests

General international law, State responsibility, the law of necessity, law on the use of force, self-defence, history of international law, genealogy of legal concepts in international law

CV / Biography

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Abogado (cum laude), Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas - Venezuela; PhD (Yorke Prize) and LLM in international law (first class honours, Clive Parry Prize for International Law), University of Cambridge; Post-Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE), University of Oxford.

My main research interests are general international law, the law of State responsibility and the law on the use of force. I am also interested in the history of international law, especially the ‘long’ 19th century. My work has been published in the British Yearbook of International Law and in the Leiden Journal of International Law. A monograph based on my PhD dissertation on Justification and Excuse in International Law: Concept and Theory of General Defences was published by Cambridge University Press in January of 2018.

I have also conducted research for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, as part of the activities of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project. In 2017, I was member of the legal panel chaired by Shaheed Fatima QC tasked with producing a legal report as part of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict, launched by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and supported by Save the Children and Theirworld. I am currently a Research Associate of the Following Grenfell: The Human Rights and Equality Dimension project of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/following-grenfell). 

Before arriving to Cambridge, I worked for Baker&McKenzie (Caracas office) as a law-clerk and a paralegal in the criminal law and labour law departments.

Admitted to practice in Venezuela, as a member of the Caracas (Distrito Federal) Bar.

Teaching:

Supervisions in International Law (Part IB and Part II), and supervise Criminal Law (Part IA)

Small-group teaching on self-defence in the Law of Armed Conflict, Use of Force and Peacekeeping (LLM) paper

Director of Studies at Queens’ College (Part IA and IB)

Other appointments and affiliations:

International Law Association (British Branch) - Director of Studies (2018- )

Journal of the Use of Force in International Law - Digest of State Practice Regional Co-ordinator (2018- )

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law -  Management Committee (2016- )

Blackstone Chambers - Member of the Academic Research Panel (2015- )

History of International Law Research Group, Tilburg University - Associate member (2014- )

Universidad de La Sabana (Chía, Bogota, Colombia), Master’s program in International Law - External Professor (March 2014- )

Scholarships and Awards

2015: Yorke Prize (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge), in recognition of the ‘exceptional quality’ of PhD dissertation ‘which makes a substantial contribution to its field of legal knowledge’

2009-2014: Maria Luisa de Sanchez (Girton College, University of Cambridge) and Cambridge European Trusts Scholar

2008: Clive Parry Prize in International Law (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge)

Publications

 

Books

"Exceptions and Defences in International Law (forthcoming)" (OUP) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
L Bartels
Published:
Jan 2020
Publisher:
OUP
ISBN 13:
9780198789321

"Justification and Excuse in International Law: Concept and Theory of General Defences" (CUP)

Published:
Jan 2019
Publisher:
CUP
ISBN 13:
978-1107513990

"Protecting Children in Armed Conflict" (Hart Publishing)

Co-Author/s:
Shaheed Fatima QC (lead author)
Published:
Oct 2018
Publisher:
Hart Publishing

Articles

"To Convene or Not to Convene? The Future Status of the Articles on State Responsibility: Recent Developments" (2017) 21 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 83-123

Citation:
(2017) 21 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 83-123
Published:
Mar 2018

"Use of Force against Non-State Actors and the Circumstance Precluding Wrongfulness of Self-Defence" (2017) 30 LJIL 93-115

Citation:
(2017) 30 LJIL 93-115
Published:
Jan 2017
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156516000583

"Self-Defence as a Circumstance Precluding Wrongfulness: Understanding Article 21 of the Articles on State Responsibility" (2014) 85 BYIL 90-132

Citation:
(2014) 85 BYIL 90-132
Published:
Jul 2015

"A Genealogy of Force Majeure in International Law" (2011) 82 BYIL 381-494

Citation:
(2011) 82 BYIL 381-494
Published:
Jan 2012

Book Chapters

"Clarifying the Concept of Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness in International Law", L Bartels & F Paddeu (eds), Exceptions and Defences in International Law (forthcoming) (OUP)

Publisher:
OUP
Published Date:
Mar 2017

"Countermeasures", Wolfrum et al (eds), Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law (2017) (OUP)

Publisher:
OUP
Published Date:
Aug 2016

"The Impact of Investment Arbitration on the Development of State Responsibility Defences", ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law? (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Publisher:
Edward Elgar Publishing
Published Date:
Mar 2016

"Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness", Wolfrum et al (eds), Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law (2015) (OUP)

Publisher:
OUP
Published Date:
Sep 2014

Book Reviews

Third-Party Countermeasures in International Law. By MARTIN DAWIDOWICZ [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017. 426 pp. Hardback: £79.99. ISBN 
9781139046602] (2018) CLJ (forthcoming)

Published:
Apr 2018

The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War by JAMES Q WHITMAN 2 [Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012, 336pp, ISBN: 978-0-674-067141, £22.95 3 (h/bk)] (2014) 63 ICLQ 505

Published:
Apr 2014

Criminal Responsibility for the Crime of Aggression. By PATRYCJA GRZEBYK. [Oxford: Routledge. 2013. 394 pp. Hardback: £90.00. ISBN 978-0-415-85678-2] (2014) CLJ 455

Published:
Mar 2014

La nécessité en droit international. De l’état de nécessité aux situations de nécessité. By Sarah Cassella. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2011. xi + 577 pp (2011) 82 BYIL 505

Published:
Jan 2012

Case Notes

Multilateral Disputes in Bilateral Settings: International Practice Lags Behind Theory (2017) 76 CLJ 1

Published:
Feb 2017

Ghosts of Genocides Past? State Responsibility for Genocide in the Former Yugoslavia (2015) 74 CLJ 14

Published:
Mar 2015

Conference Papers

"Host State Defences in International Investment Law" (ELSA Athens Summer School on International Investment Law)

Published:
Aug 2018
Conference:
ELSA Athens Summer School on International Investment Law

"The Right of Self-Defence in the Context of Territorial Disputes" (BIICL: The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory)

Published:
Mar 2018
Conference:
BIICL: The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

"General Defences in State Responsibility" (Exceptions and Defences in International Law, Cambridge, 31 March/1 April 2016)

Published:
Apr 2016
Conference:
Exceptions and Defences in International Law, Cambridge, 31 March/1 April 2016

"Justification and Excuse in the Law of State Responsibility: A Distinction of Pure Academic Interest?" (Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group)

Published:
Apr 2016
Conference:
Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group

"The Impact of Investment Arbitration on the Development of Defences in the Law of State Responsibility" (Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law?)

Published:
Mar 2016
Conference:
Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law?

Reports

Crowd control and the right to life: Brief to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Published:
Mar 2011
Body / Institution:
with the Cambridge Pro Bono Project for Professor Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions