Valeria Vázquez Guevara

  • Valeria Vázquez Guevara

    PhD candidate

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Valeria Vázquez Guevara is a Ph.D. candidate in Law at Melbourne Law School, and a member of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities.

Valeria’s research is concerned with representations of law and justice in communities that continue to experience the effects of colonisation and violent conflict.

Her research interests build on her personal and professional experiences in the non-profit sector in Spain and the Basque Country, El Salvador, and South Africa. Prior to commencing doctoral studies, Valeria was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town (South Africa), where she conducted research and analysis on national reconciliation processes and political transitions in Iraq and South Africa. Before that she served with Amnesty International in the Basque Country as coordinator of the policy advocacy team with responsibility for implementing Amnesty’s political incidence campaigns at the institutional level.

Valeria holds an M.A. in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA), an M.A. in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain), and an LL.B. from the University of Granada Law School (Spain).

Thesis Title

Living Together with Law after Violent Conflict: Truth Commissions, Peacebuilding and Technologies of International Jurisdiction

Thesis Summary

Valeria’s doctoral research project explores how ‘reconciliation’ is being given meaning in and through law, understood broadly as a cultural form of expression, in post-conflict societies. The project aims to contribute to understanding the meaning of ‘living together’ in a context of extreme social and cultural and thus legal diversity, in which communities struggle to come to terms not only with the consequences of colonialism but also with what it means to belong to a nation-state, when ‘the nation’ and ‘the state’ are part of this colonial legacy.


  • Legal Theory
  • Theories and Practice of Post-conflict Reconciliation
  • Law and Society
  • Law and the Humanities
  • Legal Pluralism
  • International Law
  • Post-Colonial Theory
  • Legal Aesthetics