Ana Aldave LL.M.

Visiting researcher

  • Department:
    Former Visiting Research Fellows
  • Section: Public International Law/International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law


My name is Ana Aldave and I am a PhD student at the Philosophy of Law Department of  Public University of Navarra, Spain, under the supervision of Professor Roger Campione.

After getting a double degree in Law and Business Management in 2010, I worked at the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, at the Permanent Observer Mission of Spain to the Organization of American States and at the World Bank. In 2012, I got an LLM at American University –Washington College of Law-, specializing in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. As part of the LLM studies, I took a summer course on International Criminal Law and Terrorism at Asser Institute.  While doing my LLM, I became aware of the challenges that international terrorism -specially after 9/11- and the subsequent so-called “Global War on Terror” pose to International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law, so I decided to further my studies in order to get a PhD.

My work seeks to deeply examine, from a philosophy of law perspective, the erosion of the traditional function of the international legal system as guarantor of international peace and security in the light of current uses of armed force –and their corresponding legitimating discourse- that are being deployed under the “Global war against terrorism” paradigm.

During my first year of research, I attended a summer programme at Asser Insitute on “Countering terrorism in the post-9/11 world”. In 2014, I did a 3-months research stay at University of Florence, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Filippo Ruschi. In addition to this, I have presented several papers in both national and international congresses and workshops, such as the last World Congress of Philosophy of Law in Washington DC, the I Seminario Hispano-Italiano  “Guerra, Diritto e Sicurezza nelle Relazioni Internazionali” or the ‘Social change and criminal policies” Workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati. I have also taken part in the project “The role of media in conflict resolution and peace building. Evolution and new paradigms”, which was coordinated by Professor Roger Campione, and which was positively evaluated by the European Commission under the “VII Programa Marco” last year, and I am currently participating in the national research project “War and its Justifications. Current Issues and Trends” funded by the Government of Spain.