David Garciandía Igal

DPhil Law

Other affiliations

Hertford College


David Garciandía Igal is a DPhil (PhD) student in Law at the University of Oxford, Hertford College. His thesis examines the European Union's diffusion of human rights law in China, under the supervision of Prof Ngoc Son Bui and Prof Iyiola Solanke. In addition, he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in EU law at SOAS University of London, and the Research Assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, Prof Nazila Ghanea. 

He completed an MPhil in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2021, funded by a Ramón Areces scholarship, and graduated in Business Administration (BBA) and in Laws (LLB), receiving the Extraordinary Prize for the top GPA of the Law Faculty, at the Public University of Navarre in 2020. He spent six months at Shijiazhuang Tiedao University (China) as part of his 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 span EU law, international law, and comparative human rights law. 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. In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester and he is part of a research project on religious minorities funded by the Spanish National Research Agency (2021/2023). 

He is a convenor of the Oxford EU Law Discussion Group and a founder and the current president of the Oxford Spanish Society. Additionally, he founded and chairs an NGO (Ankyu) and 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).

Research Interests

  • EU (external relations) law
  • International (human rights) law
  • Comparative (human rights) law
  • Law and religion

Research projects & programmes

EU Law Discussion Group