• Ph.D., University of Aberdeen School of Law, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • LL.M., American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
  • M.A., International Human Rights, Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Trinity International University, Santa Ana, Ca.
  • LL.B., Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Graduate Certificate, International Relations, Harvard University, Harvard Extension School
  • Certificate of Completion, Mediating Disputes, Harvard Law School, Harvard Negotiation Institute
  • Certificate of Completion, Negotiation, Oxford Program on Negotiation, University of Oxford

Areas of Interest/Teaching

International Law, International Business Law, International Trade Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law and Diplomacy


  • Lectured globally at universities and conferences in Ukraine, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, and other countries
  • Designed and developed the Juris Masters (J.M.) and the Master of Laws (LL.M.) online programs at Liberty Law
  • Visiting Professor at Hebei University in the People’s Republic of China
  • Director of International Government Affairs at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Counsel for International Human Rights at Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Board member and former Justice Initiative chair of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference


  • Francisco de Vitoria’s Normative Ideas and the Beginnings of International Law: A Colonial Ethnocentric Discourse, or a Bona Fide Effort to Construct Just International Norms?, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Summer 2021
  • International Religious Liberty and Human Rights Law as a Response to Totalitarian Legal and Political Discourses: The Cases of Iran, Myanmar, and North Korea,  Liberty University Law Review, Spring 2021
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Diplomacy, Mediation, and Conciliation as a Response to the I.C.J. Decision in the Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean Case, California Western International Law Journal, Fall 2020
  • The Language of International Human Rights Law as a Foundation for the Prevention, and Peaceful Resolution of Ethnic, and Political Conflicts in Bolivia, Pace International Law Review, Spring 2020
  • Negotiating the Implementation of Children’s Right to Life with Bashar al-Assad Regime: International Law and the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis, HastingsInt’l & C L. Review, Winter 2020
  • The Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Andean Region, International Law and Global Economic Integration, Suffolk Transnational Law Review, Winter 2020
  • War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, Contributor, ABC-CLIO, Spring 2017
  • ISIS Crimes against Humanity and the Assyrian People: Religious Totalitarianism, Crimes against Humanity and the Protection of Fundamental Human Rights, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Fall 2016
  • ISIS International Crimes and Jus Cogens Norms: The Protection of Human Rights in Times of Global Terrorism, Liberty University Law Review, Fall 2016
  • The Dehumanization and Trafficking of Persons: A Modern Form of Slavery, (Book Article) Just Development Series, Prisma, The Netherlands, 2010
  • International Law and Human Cloning, (Book Chapter) University of Costa Rica and Ibero-American Center for Family Studies, Spring 2009
  • Human Dignity Denied: Slavery, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity in Sudan, Catholic University Law Review, Spring 2002


    Dr. Yuri Mantilla joined the Liberty University School of Law Faculty in 2013. He is a professor of law and the former director of online programs and global initiatives. As part of his international work in the field of international law and international relations, he has met with high-ranking legal and governmental leaders, including presidents of the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. He has met with international legal experts and policymakers such as ambassadors and diplomats at the United Nations, Organization of American States, and the United Nations Human Rights Council. His research focuses on international criminal law, international trade law and development, history of international law, international religious freedom, international legal theory, Christian perspectives of international human rights law, and bio-ethics in international law.

    Professor Mantilla has lectured at NGO briefings at the United Nations, the Peruvian Parliament, and the Costa Rican Congress, among others. His lectures on international human rights law, bioethics, and international relations issues have been welcomed in the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Malaysia, Latin America, and the United States. He has authored law review articles on international law and crimes against humanity, global terrorism, international religious freedom, international ethnic conflicts, and international humanitarian law. He has published book chapters on human trafficking, international bioethics, and has contributed writings to an encyclopedia on the history of war and religion. His media appearances include interviews and debates on CNN, BBC, PBS, C-SPAN, Univision, Telemundo and other global media networks. Dr. Yuri Mantilla has traveled to and resided in many countries including Bolivia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China. He has received several awards including the medal of honor from the National Council of University Chancellors of Peru for his contribution to International Law and the medal of recognition from the National Association of Peruvian Lawyers. He has been recognized for his keynote lectures by the National University of Mexico and the Multidisciplinary Center in Bolivia.