Alejandro Rodiles

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Law

Alejandro Rodiles

Full time professor
On leave
National Researcher (Level I)

A full time Professor at ITAM’s Law Department, Alejandro Rodiles teaches public international law as well as law and global governance. He earned his law degree (LL.B.) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has completed his doctoral studies (summa cum laude) at Humboldt University, Berlin. In June 2016, his PhD thesis was awarded with the Faculty Price of the Faculty of Law of Humboldt University. In July 2016, he was elected a member of Mexico’s National Research System (SNI, level 1).

Alejandro Rodiles has been a lecturer at UNAM’s Faculty of Law and a research fellow at Humboldt University. He is a member of the International Law Association (ILA, Mexican Branch), participating in ILA’s Study Groups on UN sanctions, as well as on cities and international law. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Mexican Yearbook of International Law (AMDI).

Alejandro Rodiles was the legal adviser of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, in New York, during Mexico’s past non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council (2009-2010). Previously, he served as director of international law at the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Mexican Foreign Ministry, and as junior adviser at the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign Minister.

He was awarded with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Book Prize for his book Coalitions of the Willing and International Law published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. He was a Senior Associate Fellow in the "Investigation Group Berlin-Potsdam (KFG): International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?" for a year. Also, he is an Affiliated Professor at the Institute of International Law and Justice (IILJ) in the law department of New York University (NYU).

His research interests lie in international treaty law, international security law, as well as the role of national courts in the development of international law. He is also interested in Mexican foreign policy and its relation with international law. His main research focus in recent years has been on the ways international law is changing today because of global governance, in particular on the interplay between formal (classical) international law and informal transnational normative regimes.   

His publications include:

‘The global insecure counterterrorism city’ in Helmut P. Aust, and Jane E. Nijman (eds.), Research Handbook on International Law and Cities (Edward Elgar, 2021)

‘The Global South and the Law and Governance of Global Security: Towards a Scholarship on the Global Ecology of Insecurities’ in Robin Geiß and Nils Melzer (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security (Oxford University Press, 2021)

‘Is There a ‘Populist’ International Law (in Latin America)?’. in Jane E. Nijman and Wouter G. Werner (eds), Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (vol. 49). (Asser Press, 2018)

Coalitions of the Willing and International Law – The Interplay between Formality and Informality (Cambridge University Press 2018)

‘Law and Violence in the Global South: The Legal Framing of Mexico’s “Narco War’, Journal of Conflict & Security Law (2018)

‘The Great Promise of Comparative Public Law for Latin America: Towards Ius Commune Americanum?’, in Anthea Roberts et al (eds), Comparative International Law (Oxford University Press, 2017)

‘The Design of UN Sanctions through the Interplay with Informal Arrangements’, in Larissa van den Herik (ed), Research Handbook on UN Sanctions and International Law (Edward Elgar, 2017)

‘Il ruolo del Messico nell’ordine mondiale (e accanto agli Usa)’, Limes: Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica No. 8/17 (2017)

‘The Law and Politics of the Pro Persona Principle of Interpretation in Latin America’, in Helmut Aust & Georg Nolte (eds), Treaty Interpretation by Domestic Courts: Unity, Diversity, Convergence (Oxford University Press, 2016)

‘Unity or Uniformity? Domestic Courts and Treaty Interpretation’, 27 Leiden Journal of International Law (2014)

‘Non-Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and the Promotion of the International Rule of Law’, 5 Goettingen Journal of International Law (2013)

Academic Studies

LLB Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
PhD in Law, Humboldt University, Germany


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Topics of Interest

  • Law of treaties, treaty interpretation, domestic courts
  • Informal international law-making
  • Law and global governance
  • Transnational law
  • International Law
  • IOs, UN law, Security Council, use of force

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