Luis has extensive academic, policy-oriented and practical experience in the fields of human rights and International Humanitarian Law, peacekeeping and peace-building, conflict analysis and private diplomacy.
As a human rights lawyer and policy analyst, Luis has extensively worked on forced migration derived from generalised violence and conflict as well as on the Responsibility to Protect. He has been particularly involved in the design of comprehensive international responses to conflict situations in DRC, Afghanistan, Syria or Libya; i.e. regarding Afghanistan, a country he has visited a dozen times, he has been part of the Initial Asssement Team established by ISAF in 2009.
As facilitator, he has participated in confidence-building measures processes in Abkhazia-Georgia and Colombia-Venezuela, significantly contributed to the set-up of a mechanism for monitoring the Colombian peace process, and worked on international proposals for the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict. In i.e. Tunisia and Egypt, he has been involved in supporting local actors in transitional justice and democratization.
Luis was based at the Carlos III University of Madrid as Professor of International Law between 1992 and 2004, where he combined teaching and academic research also as a visitor in foreign universities in Europe, the US and South America. Between 2004 and 2008, he held the position of Ramón y Cajal Researcher, which is the most prestigious research contract in Spain.
During that period, he was also Research Fellow at FRIDE (2004-06) and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management Program at CITpax (2006-08). From 2008 to 2013, he held the position of Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies, where he i.e. contributed to the creation of foresight capacity within the EU. In 2013-2014, as Chief of the Civil-Military Analysis at SHAPE, NATO, he lead a team of 10 analysts in charge of non-military dimensions of conflict response.
He is/has been part of academic and policy networks of global outreach, such as the Editorial Board of the Refugee Law Reader, the Global Research Group (GG10), and the Task Force on the Role of the EU in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities.
He holds a Ph.D. in Law, Master in Law of the European Union, and holds degrees both in Law and Political Sciences (Universities Complutense and Carlos III of Madrid, Spain), and a Diploma in English Law (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK).