MiLA is led by Dr. Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Senior Lecturer in International Private Law at Edinburgh Law School in collaboration with Dr. Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Dean for Latin America and Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies.

Dr. Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm

Dr. Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm is the principal investigator of the MiLA project. Verónica is Senior Lecturer in International Private Law at Edinburgh Law School. Professionally qualified as a solicitor in Uruguay, after extensive practice in shipping law in the early stages of her career, Verónica became a full-time academic after completing her postgraduates studies at Edinburgh Law School (LL.M.; Ph.D). Her research bridges disciplines, focusing on the intersections between private international law and various other disciplines, within and beyond law. The common thread of her research is pluralism, from a perspective that embraces diversity: legal, cultural and methodological diversity, and enables the development of legal knowledge that fosters better cross-border cooperation and understandings. In particular, her research develops ideas in which private international law can foster cosmopolitan integration, contributing to accommodate the richness of different legal traditions and cultures in cross-border cases. Verónica has extensive research experience across jurisdictions in the UK, Europe and South America. She has published widely in the field of private international law. She is Vice President of the European Law Faculties Association.

Dr. Soledad Garcia Ferrari

Dr. Soledad Garcia Ferrari is a Senior Lecturer at ESALA, University of Edinburgh. Professionally qualified in Architecture and Urbanism in Uruguay, her research focuses on current processes of urban development and regeneration in Latin America and Europe. She was awarded her PhD in Urban Studies in 2007 at Heriot-Watt University. Soledad has extensive expertise on research in the process of production of urban areas and has been working more recently in recent planning strategies in Medellin leading Medellin Urban Innovation project awarded by the British Council. She has taught in the Faculty of Architecture in Montevideo, the University of Seville and was an invited speaker at the School of Architecture, CEU in Madrid. She is currently the University of Edinburgh’s Dean for Latin America and Director of the Edinburgh University Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies.