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About Julián Daniel López-Murcia Government and Law in Latin America

LLB Hons (Javeriana) MSc Regulation (LSE) DPhil Candidate in Politics (Oxford).
For over ten years, my research has concentrated on various aspects of law and government in Latin America (primarily on Colombia). My early work focused on human rights, constitutional and administrative law. Over the past four years my work has been focused on Public Administration, Government and Law, Subnational Politics, and Water Security.
Currently, I am conducting my doctoral research at the University of Oxford (Harris Manchester College) under the supervision of Professor Christopher Hood (All Souls College) and Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó (St Antony's College). My doctoral studies focus on the recentralisation processes in Colombia, particularly regarding water supply and sanitation.
In 2014, I also enjoyed teaching the course of "Transnational Environmental Law" at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London -CTLS- of Georgetown University.
Before coming to Oxford, I was Director of the Center for Studies in International Law "Francisco Suárez, S.J" and Editor of the International Law Journal "International Law Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional"(ISSN-1692-8156) at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. I also served as an external advisor to the Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios (Domestic Utility Services Superintendency) providing guidance on the evaluation of drafts of laws, decrees and regulations.
My work has been cited by some Colombian authorities such as the Constitutional Court, Defensoría del Pueblo (Ombudsman), Contraloría General de la República (National Fiscal Control Office) and Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios (Domestic Utility Services Superintendency).
I'm member of the American Political Science Association -APSA-(Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations), the Latin American Studies Association -LASA- (Subnational Politics and Society) and the Oxford Water Network.
At Oxford, I am founder member and former President of the Oxford University Colombian Society (2012-2013, 2013-2014) and joined the Fencing Club during my first (beginner) and third (intermediate) years.


Present DPhil (PhD) Candidate in Politics, University of Oxford

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Honors and Awards

  • 'Enrique Low Murtra' Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships of Colombia awarded to one person per year by the Central Bank, on the basis of academic and professional excellence (2011)
  • Honorable mention 'José Ignacio de Maquéz', -Law and Economics paper contest (2010)
  • Third highest score in the country, among more than 8500 law students, 'Examen de Calidad de la Educación Superior', Republic of Colombia (2004)
  • Degree Thesis with mention of Honor (2005)
  • Scholarship to study a Master in Economic Law at the Javeriana Law School (2005)
  • Second place, 'Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga' Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition,-Costarician Society of International Law (2003)

Contact Information

Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TD


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Peer-reviewed articles (8)

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