Diego A. Zambrano

Diego A. Zambrano is an assistant professor of law at Stanford Law School and originally from Venezuela.

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Guaidó, Not Maduro, Is the De Jure President of Venezuela

The U.S., along with dozens of other states, recently recognized Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Discussion of international recognition of Guaidó’s presidency has focused largely on the political implications of the move as a rejection of Nicolás Maduro’s corrupt dictatorship. While recognition typically focuses on a ruler’s de facto control over a territory, Guaidó’s de jure status under the Venezuelan Constitution is also crucial.