I am a contributor to international media with columns and expert commentary on topics as varied as boundary disputes, international governance, rule of law, human rights, migration and refugees, international trade and investment, sovereign debt, State succession, international sanctions, armed conflict and terrorism, integration and development.
- Printed press: I write op-eds for Spain’s El País, which are often republished by other media, including Huffington Post (French and US editions); Tercera and T13 (Chile); El Comercio (Peru); La Razón (Bolivia); and El Nacional (Venezuela).
- Television: I am a frequent guest on various news programmes of CNN en Español (Atlanta) and CNNChile. I have also been an expert commentator on France24 and Chile’s main tv stations (TVN, Canal 13, CHV and Mega).
- Radio and online media: I have given interviews to the BBC World Service, Monocle, Radio France International, FM Identidad (Argentina) and Manero (US); and frequently to Chile’s top stations (ADN, Cooperativa, BíoBío, Infinita, Universo, Sonar, Duna, Agricultura and Paula).
- My expert opinions have been quoted by the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC Mundo, Pravda, VICE News, Deutsche Welle, Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela) Buenos Aires Herald and Infobae (Argentina), Semana (Colombia), La República (Peru), and El Mercurio, EMOL and 24Horas (Chile), among others.
Now… Why talk to the media about International Law?
International Law is the legal system of a decentralized society. The fact that there is no central structure creating rules, codifying and enforcing them, means that in many respects international law cannot easily be compared to national law – although it is still law! Indeed, law is a phenomenon that much predates the notion of the modern nation-state.
International law is widely unknown by the general public. This results in an incomplete view of the international system, with politics and economics appearing as the only relevant factors.
Globalization, however, has increased the relevance of international law in the public eye. Younger generations, in particular, should be acquainted with the basic rules of international society and value its potential as a tool for peace and development. However, none of this will happen if we do not make the field more accesible.
I consider it indispensable that trained lawyers contribute to the international analysis done by the media and by think thanks. This work will make the essential principles of our discipline accessible to the widest possible audience.
My experience working as an analyst in interdisciplinary teams as well as a teacher of international law — for lawyers and non-lawyers (diplomats) alike, and even for teenagers — has polished my communication skills and helped me reach different audiences. Aside from my columns and interviews, I participate in specialists’ fora; I give guest lectures at universities as well as talks for the general public, including secondary schools; I sit as judge in moot court competitions for law students; and I use Twitter to discuss international affairs.