Biography

María Cristina is a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminological Research. Dr Dorado has a Master?s degree in Latin American Studies (Sociology) from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, and a doctorate in Political Science from Oxford University (St Anne?s College). Dr Dorado?s thesis examined the politics of Local Government in Pereira, Colombia. Post-doctoral research on the history of Pereira was conducted at the Universidad Nacional de Medellín, Colombia. 

Prior to joining the Centre of Criminology she worked as a consultant for the Colombian Embassy, London. Dr Dorado?s research interest focuses mainly on analysing social and political problems associated with drug trafficking. For this purpose she has conducted in-depth interviews of convicted female Colombian drug couriers imprisoned at Holloway (London), Carabanchel (Madrid), and Frankfurt (Justizvollzugsanstalt, Frauenhaftanstalt). 

Her current work is examines drug trafficking from the drug courier?s modality and the response by governments to this criminal offence.  The rationality of current anti-drug trafficking offences relies mostly on measures based on penal law with the application of harsh sentences that usually results in long-term imprisonment. Academic interest is thus limited to analysing how suitable this approach is in resolving problems associated with this type of offence. Dr Dorado?s current interest is to fill this gap by looking at aspects of this problem that show the limitations of penal law as a solution to drug couriering offences.

Publications

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  • Dorado, 'Drug couriers and the limitations of the anti-drug law' in J Tokatlian (ed), Drugs and prohibition. An old war, a new debate (Libros Del Zorzal 2010)
  • Dorado, 'Desventajas del castigo penal ?exclusivo? a las colombianas, mensajeras de drogas en Europa' in T Martín Palomo, J Miranda López, C Vega Solís (ed), Delitos y fronteras:  mujeres extranjeras en prisión (Editorial Complutense 2005)
  • Dorado, 'Die Rolle der Vereinten Nationen: im Kampf gegen den illegalen Drogenhandel' (2004) Quetzal
  • Dorado, 'Cuatro Libertades' y pasadores de droga en los aeropuertos de la Comunidad Europa' (1998) ENLACE
  • Dorado, 'Los transportadores de droga en Europa. Perfil' (1998) ENLACE
  • Dorado, 'Mujeres latinoamericanas detenidas en Europa. El caso de Colombia' in R del Olmo (ed), Criminalidad y criminalización de la mujer en la región andina (Editorial Nueva Sociedad 1998)
  • Dorado, '¿Por qué no se encuentra "Mr.Big" entre las mulas en las cárceles europeas?' (1998) ENLACE
  • Dorado, 'Mujeres Colombianas en las Cárceles de Inglaterra y de Alemania' (1996) CEP, European Conference Drug Couriers
  • Dorado, 'Die Fallstudie als komparative Methode - Entscheidungsfindung in der lokalen Verwaltung von Pereira (Kolumbien)' (1995) Quetzal (Leipzig) 
  • Dorado, Colombia en los medios de comunicación británicos (Mimeograph, Colombian Embassy 1991)

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Research Interests

Analysis of the social and political problems associated with drug trafficking and the limitations of penal law as a solution to drug couriering offences

Research projects