Lucas Martínez-Villalba

SJD Candidate


Lucas Martínez-Villalba is  an SJD Candidate at American University Washington College of Law. His doctoral research focuses on the criminalization of femicide in Latin America as a legislative tool to confront gender-based violence.

Prior to joining the Washington College of Law SJD program, Mr. Martinez-Villalba worked as an adjunct professor at the Villanova University School of Law.  His background includes practice in both the public and private sectors, working as an associate at Rios Ferrer, Guillén-Llarena, Treviño & Rivera LLP in Mexico City and as a consultant in different public institutions in Colombia.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
LL.M. in International Law and Legal Studies, American University Washington College of Law, U.S.
LL.M. in Human Rights, Iberoamericana University, Law Faculty
LL.B. Pontificia Univerisdad Javeriana Cali

Areas of Specialization

International Law
International Human Rights Law
International Humanitarian Law
Women’s rights
Gender Policies


Martínez-Villalba, L. (2018); The application of Blank criminal laws against the principle of legality: The Guatemalan example, in Mexican Law Review, Mexico City.


Honorable Mention for his LL.M in Human Rights, Iberoamericana University

Contact Information

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