David Garciandía Igal is a DPhil (PhD) candidate in Law at the University of Oxford, where he is also a tutor in EU law at Oriel and Hertford colleges. His doctoral research, funded by the Government of Navarre, examines the diffusion of human rights laws from the EU to China, under the supervision of Ngoc Son Bui and Iyiola Solanke. In addition, he has worked as the research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, has taught EU law at SOAS University of London and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester.
He holds an MPhil in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge (Ramón Areces scholarship) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Public University of Navarre, where he received the Extraordinary Prize for the top GPA of the Law Faculty. He spent six months at Shijiazhuang Tiedao University (China) as part of his six-year undergraduate joint programme, and his Law dissertation on freedom of religion in China was awarded the 2020 Jaime Brunet University Student Prize for the Promotion of Human Rights.
His main research interests cover EU law, international law and comparative law, with a special focus on human rights. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and a book with Brazilian Judge Aloisio C. dos Santos Jr. on the corporate duty of reasonable accommodation of religious beliefs in the workplace. He has given numerous talks and presented at different conferences.
He is a convenor of the Oxford EU Law Discussion Group and a founder and former president of the Oxford University Spanish Society. Additionally, he has worked for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as for different private companies (Siemens Gamesa) and law firms (Garrigues).