Florencia Montal

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics. My research interests lie broadly at the intersection of international law, diplomacy and domestic politics. One area of my research focuses on the impact of international criminal law and institutions on domestic accountability. A second area of interest, which I will develop in my doctoral dissertation, examines variation in international investment treaties over time and across states and explores the relationship between such changes and states responses to investment arbitration.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: International Relations, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 2012. Distinction.
  • B.A.: International Relations, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 200. Summa Cum Laude.
Courses Taught
  • "Human Rights in International Politics" at Universidad del Salvador, School of International Relations, Master’s programme, 2012 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Research & Professional Activities


  • Research Assistant: NSF grant "Transitional Justice Research Collaborative" with Profs. Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard University) and Leigh Payne (Oxford University), 2013 - 2015
  • Research Assistant: Ford Foundation grant, “OpenGlobalRights” with Prof. Jim Ron, 2015 - 2016
  • with Geoff Dancy (Forthcoming in 2017). Unintended Positive Complementarity: How ICC Investigations Increase Domestic Human Rights Prosecutions. American Journal of International Law,
  • with Geoff Dancy (2017). From Law versus Politics to Law in Politics: A Pragmatist Assessment of the ICC's Impact. American University International Law Review,
  • with Geoff Dancy, Bridget Marchesi and Kathryn Sikkink (2015). The ICC’s deterrent impact – what the evidence shows. Contribution to Open Global Rights, Link
  • with David Armstrong (2013). The Politics of International Criminal Justice. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies, (eds. B. Arrigo and h. Bersot).,
  • with Federico Merke (2010). “Brazil´s nuclear programme and the new incentives from international society (El programa nuclear de Brasil ante los nuevos incentivos de la sociedad internacional). Cuadernos de Actualidad en Defensa y Estrategia, 6, 35-59. Link
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 2013
  • University of Exeter, International Master Scholarship