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Laura Íñigo Álvarez is a postdoctoral researcher in International Law at the Nova School of Law and at CEDIS (Research Center on Law and Society). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University of Seville, where she graduated cum laude and received an Award with Special Distinction. She earned her PhD in Law at Utrecht University in 2019. Her PhD thesis ‘Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law’ was published by Intersentia in July 2020. At Nova School of Law, Laura carries out a research project focused on business and human rights, in particular, on non-judicial remedies for business-related human rights abuses. She is also a lecturer of the Master in Law and Security and member of its Scientific Commission.

Previously, she was a researcher of the EU Project FRAME ‘Fostering Human Rights among European (internal and external) Policies’ coordinated by KU Leuven and funded by the European Commission, where she contributed as co-author of three reports on the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union. In addition, she has been a member of the working group of several research projects on business and human rights funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Spain.

Laura has been a speaker at several international conferences, including those organised by the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI). She is also a regular contributor to Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, a member of the International Observatory on Human Rights and Business (University of Seville) and the Spanish Bar Association. Her main research interests are international human rights law, international humanitarian law and armed non-state actors, international criminal law, and business and human rights.

Education/Academic qualification

International Law, Joint PhD, Doctorate, PhD in International Law, Joint Doctorate Utrecht University & University of Seville, Utrecht University

Award Date: 2 Dec 2019

Public Law, Master, Master's Degree in Public Law, Universidad de Sevilla

Award Date: 11 Feb 2014

Law, Bachelor, Advanced Degree in Law (Licenciatura en Derecho), Universidad de Sevilla

Award Date: 24 Sept 2012

Erasmus Programme in EU Law and Human Rights, Master, Erasmus Programme in EU Law and Human Rights, KU Leuven - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Award Date: 13 Jul 2012

External positions

Reporter at Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC), Spanish Section, Oxford University Press

Apr 2017 → …

Research Fellow of the Research Group "Human Rights and Globalization", Universidad de Sevilla

Jan 2014 → …

Non-practising lawyer, Spanish Bar Association

2013 → …


  • K Law (General)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Business and Human Rights


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