Valeska David is a PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre. She holds a Law degree from University of Chile (2009) and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice from Utrecht University (2012).
Before joining the Human Rights Centre, Valeska David worked as a consultant for the National Institute of Human Rights in Chile – the “Paris Principle” institution of this country (2012 – 2013). In that position, she worked on issues of police violence, indigenous communities and access to justice. While doing her LL.M., Valeska assisted one of the members of the UN Human Rights Committee in the preparation of its 104th session, dealing with individual complaints and country reports. Her professional experience also includes pro-bono legal aid, legal research, teaching and training for Latin-American judges, prosecutors and defenders in the use of international standards on human rights.
Valeska David’s PhD examines the flexibility of international human rights standards to account for contexts of socio-economic disadvantage by e.g. accommodating distribution-related claims or others claims challenging dominant understandings of human rights norms. She focuses on universal and regional human rights monitoring bodies. Her research is under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eva Brems. Valeska David is part of the research network “the Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (HRI) and a contributor to the Strasbourg Observers blog.
FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME Valeska David
POSITION PhD Research Fellow
TELEPHONE +32 (0)9 264 69 11
WORKING DAYS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
OFFICE HOURS 09.00 h – 17.00 h
CONTACT HOURS On appointment
POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
All publications by Valeska David are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, ValeskaDavid@BiblioUGent.