Gonzalo Villa Rosas is currently completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law at the Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel in Germany under the supervision of Prof. Robert Alexy. His Ph.D. research deals with a procedural theory of legal power and its philosophical foundations. He has written about statistical analysis of judicial practice, history and comparative law, constitutional law, and objectivity in law and morals. His main research interests lie in legal theory, argumentation theory, and applied logic.
He obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) summa cum laude from the Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel in history and comparative law, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with distinction from the Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia) with the main emphasis in philosophy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia).
He has been an invited lecturer in Angentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Uruguay. He has translated several important authors into Spanish such as Robert Alexy, Ronald Dworkin, Stanley L. Paulson, George Pavlakos, Antonin Scalia, Scott Shapiro, and Matthias Jestaedt and is co-editor of a supplementary volume of the Archive des Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (ARSP) in Germany.
During his stay at Antwerp University, he aims to complete his ongoing research about the philosophical foundations of a comprehensive concept of competence which allows one to explain legal power as a non-separate concept of other forms of competence.