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* PhD Candidate (University of Cambridge) 

* LLM (Leiden University)

* LLB (College of Law)

* BSocSc – Politics and IR (University of Manchester)

Carlos Orjuela is a first-year law PhD candidate and Stephen Toope Scholar at the University of Cambridge.  

Carlos is also a Senior International Law Adviser at the British Red Cross, specialising in various areas of Public International Law, including International Humanitarian Law, Counter-Terrorism and Sanctions Law, International Refugee Law and the internal rules which govern the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 

He is a founder and former co-ordinator of Legal Centre Lesvos, an organisation which seeks to defend and advance the rights of migrants in Lesvos through the provision of legal advice, assistance and representation, particularly in matters concerning asylum, immigration, criminal defence and human rights.  

Carlos began his professional career as a solicitor specialising in crime, extradition and mental health law, representing legally aided clients before Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales. 

Fields of research

Carlos' areas of academic interest cover various branches of Public International Law, including the Use of Force in International Relations, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law.  He takes a particular interest in exploring the various ways in which social movements can utilise International Law as a tool for the advancement of political struggle.  

Research centres and interest groups


History of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers


The project focuses on the history of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, a radical, anti-colonial organisation created in 1946 by lawyers who were involved in the resistance against fascism during the Second World War.  Amongst other things, the project will explore the Association's potential contributions to the development and understanding of International Law. 


Professor Surabhi Ranganathan