Samuel is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at the Faculty of Law. In his doctoral work, Samuel explores how law and legal institutions reinforce or contest wider structures of societal values, including the pursuit of economic growth, the expansion of markets, and environmental protection. Particularly, by focusing on the expository aim of adjudication, he examines the role of judicial control of discretionary powers in framing these normative values in England, using planning law cases dealing with sustainable development as a site of investigation.

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 Law and Social Sciences from the University of Chile School of Law (Summa Cum Laude).

Samuel began his career as a legal advisor to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of Chile, conducting research on constitutional and administrative law. He also worked for several years for an environmental, land use and natural resources boutique law firm in Santiago, representing private enterprises before agencies and courts, and participating in consultancies to government bodies. Likewise, he held academic positions in different universities in Chile.



Research Interests

Law and Political Economy, Property and Planning Law, Administrative law and Environmental law.

Research projects