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David Restrepo Amariles studied Law and Political Science with emphasis on Commercial Law (2001-2006), as well as Philosophy and Letters (2002-2003), at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellin-Colombia). He specialized in Human Rights during an exchange programme at Paris II Panthéon-Assas in 2004. As a qualified lawyer to the Colombian Bar, he advises on trade and international investment law, and practices human rights law within the Inter-American System of Human of Rights. He is Assistant Lecturer for a seminar on Introduction to Belgian Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
After his Law degree from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, he earned a Master’s degree summa cum laude from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (University of Milan / University of the Basque Country), where he obtained the highest honors for his master dissertation. In 2008 he earned an LL.M degree summa cum laude from the European Academy of Legal Theory (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel/Académie Universitaire de Louvain –FUSL-).
He has been visiting lecturer at University Pontificia Bolivariana for the Master in Private Law, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Legal Theory and Comparative Law, at University of Stockholm in Legal Management and at the University of Frankfurt in the Rule of Law and International Investment Law. He has been visiting researcher in Boston College and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. He is currently Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford. In Colombia he was legal counsellor in UN Human Rights programs and Magistrate’s Assistant in Court. He has been Research Associate to several European Union funded projects on International law and Legal Theory.
He wrote his PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in the field of law and globalisation under the joint supervision of Benoît Frydman and William Twining. His work "The Rise of Transnational legal Indicators : Empirical Accounts of Law in a Global Society" is expected to be published as a book in the following months. Other fields of his interest are human rights and transnational litigation, commercial and investment arbitration, international private law and international economic law, globalization, global couter-terrorism, ius post bellum, jurisprudence, and history of legal and political ideas.
PhD in Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles ; LL.M., European Academy of Legal Theory (KUB/FUSL) ; Master of Arts in Sociology of Law, IISJ (University of Milan/University of the Basque Country) ; LL.B. University Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellin-Colombia).