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Prof Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

  • Overview



    Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the author of two critically acclaimed books:

     What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010) was listed as a Book of the Year, Non-fiction by the Financial Times, won the Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Writing by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, 2010, was nominated for the Gladstone Prize 2011 and for the George Orwell Award for Political Writing, and was features by the BBC Today programme with Andrew Marr.

     Story of a Death Foretold (Bloomsbury, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses Award, and listed as a Book of the Year, Non-Fiction by The Observer in 2013.

    More recently, he has published In Defence of Armed/Art Struggle (Bogota: UTadeo, 2019), “A Future for the Philosophy of Liberation” in Decolonising Ethics (Pennsylvania University Press, 2020), and the poetic novel Night of the World (The 87 Press, forthcoming 2021). He is a Fellow of the RSA. His “Peace & War” Reformation and the docu-video “Art & Fire: A Journey in Five Films”, with Hay Festivals, are available at 

    He has been the recipient of grants by the Leverhulme Trust and CAPES, among others, for research and teaching on peace-making, mediation and conflict-resolution, political philosophy and legal theory, art & human rights, human rights and international law, peoples' tribunals, advanced constitutional law and ethics, with an emphasis on decolonial and visual methodologies, political economy, and racial justice.   

    He curated the 2018 Global '68 exhibition & conference in Paris and London together with Françoise Vergés and Marcus Rediker, and the 2017 Global Art Forum with Shumon Basra and Antonia Carver. Since at least 2015 he has curated the yearly 'Focus on the Funk' gathering between some of the most important thinkers, artists and activists interested in issues of social and racial justice today. He has taught at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and regularly collaborates with Monocle Radio, BBC and BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Independent and El Espectador among other public media. 


    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • College Academic Board Member
    • Deputy PGT Director
    • Associate Dean of the School of Law (Teaching & Learning, 2015-2018)
    • Associate Dean of the School of Law (Research, 2013-2015)
    • Convenor, Core Course LLM Human Rights, Issues in International Law & Human Rights
    • Convenor, Core Course LLM Critical Methods of Research in Law & Society

    Visiting posts

    Honours and awards


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Political Philosophy
    • Decolonial Methods & Philosophy of Liberation
    • Ethics, Law & Racial Justice
    • Phenomenology & Existentialism in Continental Europe and the Americas
    • Cognitive Science & Theory of Mind and Action
    • Philosophy and History of Human Rights
    • Art & Human Rights
    • Law & Literature
    • International Law & Politics of International Relations
    • Law, Philosophy & Anthropology
    • Negotiation & Mediation
    • Comparative Constitutionalism

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni



    Teaching modules

    • Issues in International Law and Human Rights (LADD028S7)
    • Law Masters Research Project (LALA004S7)
    • MPhil/PhD Research Methods (LALA228Z7)
    • Negotiation, Interpretation and Explorations in Law, Arts & Human Rights (LALW014S7)
    • Critical Methods in Law & Society Research (LALW065S7)
    • International Business and the Environment (LALW080S7)
  • Publications




    Book Section

  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • International and National Politics in the Americas
    • Human Rights
    • Art
    • Racial Justice
    • Film, Visual Technologies


      14/05/2020. “Art & Fire”, five chapter video event in co-production with Hay Festivals (excerpt) 

      01/05/2020. “Guaido’s coup-by-media shows his Venezuelan revolution to be little more than a PR campaign”, The Independent, 

      24/10/2019. “The ‘Risk to Democracy’ in Chile isn’t from protesters. It’s from Pinera and the 1%”, The Guardian, 

      27/08/2019. “Amazon in Flames” with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Daniel Wills, Tisky Sour at Novara Media.

      Filmography & Radio Series



      The Secret Philosophy (Mark Charles, 2010)

      Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty (Ben Lewis, 2012)

      Unflapabble (Neil Arun & Will Spinal, 2012)

      An Organization of Dreams (Ken McMullen, 2010/2014)

       Projekt Cybersyn. Chiles kybernetischer Traum von Gerechtigkeit, radio/tv series produced by Deutschlandfunk & Westdeutscher Rundfunk, GERMANY (Jakob Schmidt & Jannis Funk, 2020)