Joaquín Bardallo Bandera is a second year PhD student at the University of Toronto. His areas of focus are comparative politics and international development. His main research area is natural resource dependence and its significance for the Latin American region. Joaquín is the current president of the Latin American Political Science Association (LAPSSA), as well as, the head representative for the Comparative Politics Section of the Graduate Association of Students of Political Science (GASPS). He received the Human Rights Research and Education Center’s Gordon F. Henderson Scholarship at the master level for 2013-2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in Political Science and Combined Languages as well as a Certificate in Globalization and Governance from the same university. He received a Full International Scholarship from the University of Ottawa to complete his master’s degree that concentrated in the strengths and weaknesses of the Rule of Law in Latin America. He has also been closely involved in several projects regarding human rights issues including PORVENIR, Amnesty International, as well as, being part and parcel of the Environmental Governance Lab here at the University of Toronto.