Giancarlo Fiorella

Giancarlo Fiorella headshot
PhD student, 2015 entry
Tel: 416.946.5318
In Venezuela website and YouTube

Research Interests

Protest policing, repression, political violence in Venezuela


My dissertation explores the role of civilian groups in the policing of protests in Venezuela, and engages with the themes of sovereignty, policing and repression.

Supervisor: Beatrice Jauregui


Criminology B.A. (Hons.) – York University
Socio-Legal Studies M.A. – York University


Fiorella, G. (2019). Will Guaidó Call for U.S. Military Intervention? Venezuela’s Debate Over Article 187(11)”. Foreign Affairs. Retrieved from:

Fiorella, G. (2019). “‘Operation Liberty: Overview of the ‘Definitive Phase’ in Venezuela’s Political Crisis”. Bellingcat. Retrieved from

Fiorella, G. (2019). “Russians in Venezuela: What We Know So Far”. Bellingcat. Retrieved from:

Fiorella, G. (2019). “Analysis of Nicaragua’s Paramilitary Arsenal”. Bellingcat. Retrieved from

Fiorella, G., and Waters, N. (2019). “Bogota Car Bomb: What We Know”. Bellingcat. Retrieved from

Fiorella, G., and Leroy, A. (2018). “‘We Are Going to Surrender! Stop Shooting!’: Reconstructing Oscar Perez’s Last Hours”. Bellingcat. Retrieved from

Fiorella, G., and Leroy, A. (2018). “Was Óscar Pérez Murdered? You Could Help Us Find Out”. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Fiorella, G. (2018). “Iris Varela Stars in the Gocho Version of ‘Goodbye, Lenin!'”. Caracas Chronciles. Retrieved from


“Making Enemies: Military Justice, Civilian Protesters and “Treason Against the Homeland” in Venezuela”. Law & Society Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. 2018.

“The Legalization of Electoral Fraud in Venezuela”. Canadian Law & Society Association Technologies of Justice Conference. Oshawa, Canada. 2018.

“When Powers Merge: The Leopoldo Lopez Trial and the End of the Judicial Branch in Venezuela”. Law & Society Association Annual Meeting. Mexico City, Mexico. 2017.

“Que son los estudios socio-legales?”. International Seminar Mexico-Canada: Criminal Policy, Criminology, and Legal Sociology. Mexico City, Mexico. 2017.

“Guarimba: Law and Citizenship at the Barricades”. Canadian Law & Society Association Annual Meeting. Calgary, Canada. 2016.

“Police Reform in Venezuela: Security and Jurisdiction in the Bolivarian Age”. Canadian Law & Society Association Annual Meeting. Fredericton, Canada. 2011.

In the Press

PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella writes piece on Juan Guaidó and the Venezuelan constitution

PhD student Giancarlo Fiorella comments on union involvement in the political situation in Venezuela

PhD Student Giancarlo Fiorella speaks about the crushed rebellion in Venezuela

PhD Student Giancarlo Fiorella wrote an op-ed with Aliaume Leroy about their open source investigation into the death of Óscar Pérez