Carlos Arturo Villagrán Sandoval is an associate researcher and lecturer at Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala. His research focus is on topics related to Central American Constitutions and Integration, Comparative Regionalism and Public International Law. He obtained his PhD at Melbourne Law School and holds a Master in Public and International Law from the same institution and a Licentiate in Juridical and Social Sciences from Universidad Rafael Landívar. He has published in English and Spanish, in Central America and internationally.
Carlos Arturo has held various positions in the Guatemalan Government. Before commencing his PhD, he was Human Rights Adviser and State Council for the Guatemalan Government within the Project of Historical Memory and Human Rights for Peace of the United Nations Development Programme. After finishing his PhD, he was the Director of International Treaties, lead negotiator and Legal Advisor to the Ministry Foreign Relations of Guatemala, specifically dealing with Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim (Guatemala/Belize) at the International Court of Justice.
He currently advises the Guatemalan government on issues relating to the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of trade laws, including World Trade Organization, Free-Trade agreements, Central American (SICA) integration policies, and investor-state dispute settlement.