Samuel joined the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies to conduct empirical legal research under the supervision of Prof. Bettina Lange. In his doctoral project, Samuel explores the connection between law, space, and ideology, discovering how political and economic discourses, channelled through urban legal structures, impact the physical landscape of cities.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Samuel graduated from Stanford Law School, where he completed a Master of Laws programme. He also holds a Diploma in Urban Planning from the Institute of Urban Studies UC and a degree in Social and Juridical Sciences from the University of Chile (Summa Cum Laude).
Although dedicated to carrying out his research at the Centre full time, he regularly collaborates with the City Institute, based in Santiago. He is also a member of Oxford Urbanists.
Samuel began his career as a legal advisor to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of Chile, conducting research on public law. He also worked for several years for an environmental and natural resources boutique law firm in Santiago, representing private enterprises before agencies and courts, and participating in consultancies for governmental entities. Likewise, he held positions as a teaching assistant and assistant professor for Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Environmental Law courses in different universities in Chile.
Law and Ideology, Urban Studies, Planning Law, Environmental Studies