Luís Paulo Bogliolo

  • Luis Paulo Bogliolo

    PhD candidate

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Luís Paulo Bogliolo is a PhD Candidate with the Laureate Program in International Law, Melbourne Law School. He researches across the fields of history and international law, with a focus on the laws of war, use of force and human rights. His interests include the history of the idea of distinction between combatants and non-combatants, aerial warfare, and critical approaches to international law. His doctoral thesis examines the bombing of civilians in the peripheries of empires and the idea of distinction in the history of the laws of war.

From 2013 to 2015, Luís was Coordinator of Copyright Regulation at the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and counsellor at the National Council on Combating Piracy of Brazil. He worked on reforming copyright law and was a negotiator of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Luís holds an LLM in Public International Law (distinciton) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of  Laws from the University of Brasília.
Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, he was a lecturer at the University of Brasília and a lawyer. He was a Law Clerk at the High Court of Brazil and volunteered in providing judicial assistance to women in situations of domestic violence.


Thesis Title

Bombing Civilians: Aerial Warfare and Distinction in the History of International Law

Thesis Summary

The idea of distinction between combatants and non-combatants is perhaps the cornerstone of the modern humanitarian project of regulating warfare. In order to shed light on contemporary debates on the idea of distinction and the categories it conveys, my research explores how aerial warfare has historically shaped and in turn been shaped by the idea of distinction in international law. It draws not only from the work of international lawyers, but also from the study of administrative practices, military culture, strategic thought and literature that helps us to understand the different contexts into which the idea of distinction has been debated. It aims to tell an intellectual history of the idea of distinction, taking aerial warfare as a point of departure from which the subject can be seized.


  • International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Copyright Law