Carlos Arturo Villagrán Sandoval is an Expert Affiliate at the Constitution Transformation Network at Melbourne Law School and Associate Researcher and lecturer at Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala. His research focus is on topics related to Central American Constitutions and Integration, Multilevel Governance, Comparative Regionalism and Public International Law. He obtained his PhD at Melbourne Law School and holds a Master of 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.
His research agenda focuses on new methods and methodologies to teach and research public law and multilevel governance in Central America and globally and to reform the state and integration regime in the region, emphasizing constitutional and international law, regional integration and economic market policy. For this project, he explores the limitations and challenges of constitutional theory, institutional design and social practices in multilevel governance and how these are translated into law and in state and regional structures thus allowing their regulatory capture and failure to hold key governance actors accountable.
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 has also legally advised other Guatemalan government ministries and institutions and acted as independent consultant to international agencies and financial organizations on issues relating to the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of international trade laws, including World Trade Organization, Free-Trade agreements, Central American (SICA) integration policies, and investor-state dispute settlement.