Ana Diaz Azcunaga

Other affiliations

Balliol College Oxford Pro Bono Publico Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group Public Law Discussion Group


Ana is a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Law. Her research challenges the view that the rule of law is primarily concerned with restraining public power and argues that the rule of law cannot be understood without reflecting on the aspects of common life (public or private) that the law ought to control. Her work is generously supported by Balliol College, the Law Faculty and the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.

Before the DPhil Ana graduated from the MPhil in Law (with Distinction) as a Tang scholar and the Magister Juris (with Distinction) as an Oxford-Weidenfeld-Hoffman scholar. Her MPhil thesis elaborates John Finnis's insight that the rule of law may generate new territory for legal regulation. It suggests three conditions that must be met to assess whether the rule of law demands legal measures to secure a particular aspect of a moral right.

Before coming to Oxford Ana completed her undergraduate degree in law at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), where she was awarded the Academic Excellence Prize for graduating at the top of the class. From 2015 to 2018 Ana served as a judicial assistant at the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, and from 2020 to 2021 as senior legal officer in the civil society organization EQUIS - Justicia para las Mujeres.

Ana currently serves as Co-Deputy Chair of the Oxford Pro Bono Publico Executive Committee (2023), co-convenor of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group (2023-2024), and co-convenor of the Public Law Discussion Group (2023-2024).


Research Interests

  • Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Theory