• Position :
  • Head of Law Department / Assistant Professor

  • Department :
  • International and European Law
  • Phone :
  • 32 499 50 13 84
  • E-mail :
  • Office hours :
  • Tuesday and Thursday 15:00 – 16:00
  • Nationality :
  • Venezuela, Canada, Belgium Permanent Resident
  • Languages :
  • English, Spanish
  • Education :
  • University of Ottawa, Canada

    Doctor of Law                                                                               



    University of Ottawa, Canada                                                         

    Master of Law



    University of Saskatchewan, Canada                                               

    Master of Education, Communications & Technology



    Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela                                  

    Juris Doctor, J.D.


    Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela                                 

    Bachelor of Education,  B.Ed.

  • Teaching :
  • At Vesalius College (Belgium)

    EU Constitutional Law

    Environmental Law


    At University of Antwerp (Belgium)

    International Law & Human Rights

    International Investment Law


    At University of Ottawa (Canada)

    International Law 

    Environmental Law 

    Transitional Justice 

    Rule of Law and Sustainable Development 

  • Research area(s) :
    • European Union Constitutional Law
    • Comparative Constitutional Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Rule of Law and Democracy in Latin America
    • International Law
    • Sustainable Development
  • Research Project(s) :
    • Courts as a catalyst for change: constitutional interpretation in comparative perspective
    • Crisis in Venezuela: A United Global Response?
    •  Digital Diplomacy: at what cost?
    • EU Democratic Deficit: Is Brexit a wakeup call?
  • Selected Publications :


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Principles in constitutional interpretation: the case of freedom of expression in Venezuela” in Morin, Michel, edit. Responsibility, fraternity and sustainability in law: in memory of the honourable Charles Doherty Gonthier (Markham, Ont. : LexisNexis, 2012)


    Dordelly Rosales, Nelson “Constitutional Judicial Review: The Eclectic Approach to Constitutional Interpretation” in Murphy, Cian, edit. Law and Outsiders: Norms, Processes and 'Othering' in the 21st Century (Oxford: Hart Publications, 2011) 


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Constitutions, Principles, and Objectives” in Zhenmin Wang, edit. Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Rule of law and Development in Latin America: The new role of the judiciary” in Throme, Mat, edit. Democracy and Participation in Latin America (London: PRIAD publications, 2016)


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Vindicating the Rule of Law and the
Constitution in Venezuela: The Role of the Judiciary in Nahon, Issac, edit. Venezuela: Transition to Democracy? (Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2013)


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Constitutions and Principles” paper presented at VIII World Congress of Constitutional Law UNAM, Mexico, 2014


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Jurisprudence as legal theory” paper presented at Cambridge University Interdisciplinary Law Graduate Conference, UK, 2010


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Educational Portfolios in Higher Education” paper presented at XI International Conference on Virtual Education, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2010


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Environmental Toxicity: Canada & USA” paper presented in the XIV Annual Graduate Conference, University of Ottawa, Canada, 2010.


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Constitutional Democracy: Canada & Venezuela” paper presented in the 44th Annual British Association for Canadian Studies, Oxford University, UK, 2009


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Curriculum Conceptions & Technology” paper presented in the American Distance Education Conference, West Georgia University, Atlanta, United States of America, 2009


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Integrity in Constitutional Interpretation” paper presented in the Celebration of the 800 years anniversary of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Six Form Law Conference, UK. 2009


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “Judicial Review: Is it a Legal Doctrine or a Political Power, or Both? The Eclectic Approach for Constitutional Interpretation” paper presented in the International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King College, University of London, UK, 2007


    Dordelly-Rosales, Nelson “The Right to Democracy in the International Law: The Inter-American Charter of Democracy” paper presented in the Law without Borders, St John’s college of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2007.


  • Honours & Awards :


    Doctoral Research Grant. Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa


    Travel Research Grant. Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa           


    Best Speaker. Graduate Students VIII Annual Conference, University of Ottawa        


    Call to the Bar. Caracas Bar Association, Venezuela                                                                  

    Diploma. Fourteen (14) Diplomas of Excellent Academic achievement, Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela                              


    Most Voted. Elected Student representative to the Senate

    Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela                                                                              

    Selected Member. Rector list, Leadership Programme (Catedra de Honor) Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela                                                                              

    Best Student. Academic Vice-Rector, Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela          


    Diploma of Recognition. Ministry of Education & Mayor of Chacao