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SHORT BIO

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.

WORK DETAILS

FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME Valeska David

POSITION PhD Research Fellow

EMAIL Valeska.David[@]UGent.be

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

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • 10/2013 – Present: PhD Fellow Research at Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, Belgium
  • 2012 – 2013: Consultant of the National Institute of Human Rights –‘Paris Principle’ Institution in Chile, Consultant of the Human Rights Centre, University of Chile
  • January – March 2012: Research Assistant to Mr Cess Flinterman for the 104th session of the UN Human Rights Committee and Intern at the Netherland Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2009 – 2011: Legal Researcher, Rule of Law and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile
  • 2008 – 2009: Research Assistant, Rule of Law and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile
  • 2008: Pro-bono Graduate Legal Representative, Human Rights Office of Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice, Chile (Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service)

EDUCATION

  • 2013 – Present: PhD in Law Candidate, Ghent University. Research topic: Accommodation of non-dominant claims in International Human Rights Law. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Brems
  • 2012: Master of Laws, LL.M. Utrecht University in International Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice (Cum Laude)
  • 2009: Law Degree University of Chile (Summa Cum Laude), Licentiate in Legal and Social Sciences, University of Chile. Ranked 3/293

TEACHING/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • 15-05-2014/ Guest lecture on Equality and non-discrimination in ‘Human Rights in Developing Countries’ course, Master on Conflict and Development, Ghent University.
  • 10/13-05/14/ Teaching assistance in Moot Court Internationale Mensenrechten, Ghent University.
  • 05/2013/ Guest lecture on ‘Incorporation of International Law into Domestic Law’, Post graduate course for judges and public defenders, organized by Chilean Judicial Academy and Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile.
  • 14-11-2012: Guest lecture on ‘Introduction to International Human Rights Law’, Graduate course for public servants. Chilean National Institute of Human Rights and Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile.
  • 2010 & 2011: Academic coordinator and lecturer in Graduate Diploma ‘100 Rules of Brasilia and the Inter-American Human Rights System’. On-line and on-site stages, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Human Rights Centre, University of Chile.
  • 7-03-2011: Guest lecturer in ‘Training workshop Human Rights and Childhood’ for the Regional Directors of the National Service of Children (SENAME), Chile.
  • 2009 & 2010: Course coordinator and teaching assistant, Undergraduate course ‘Litigation in the Inter-American Human Rights System’, Faculty of Law, University of Chile.
  • 6-08- 2010: Conference Presentation on “Structural Discrimination and Social Inclusion: The role of the 100 Rules of Brasilia in the eradication of violence against women”. Conference ‘Mulher e Dereitos Humanos-A Defensoria Pública na defensa da mulher em situação de violencia: como garantir a sua efetiva proteção?’, Public Defense Office Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 2009: Academic coordinator Graduate Course ‘Strengthening of the Rule of Law through Human Rights Training for Justice Operators in Guatemala’. On-line and on-site stages, Chile and Guatemala. Human Rights Centre, University of Chile.
  • 2006 – 2010: Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate course ‘International Human Rights Law’. Faculty of Law, University of Chile.

SCIENTIFIC HONORS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS

  • “Beca Chile” (2010) Full Scholarship for Master’s Degrees Abroad. Awarded by the Chilean Government. Selected as No. 2 out of 325 granted and 5.154 applications.
  • Outstanding Service Distinction for Pro-Bono Graduate Legal Service (2009) awarded by the Legal Aid Corporation, Ministry of Justice, Chilean Government.
  • “Microjuris.com Chile Award” (2007) as the top-third student of the 2006 promotion, Faculty of Law, University of Chile.
  • “Best Memorial Prize” in the XI Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2006) awarded by the American University’s Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. Semi-finalist in the oral allegation team rounds and ranked 7th best individual oral pleader.

SIDELINE ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the research network “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (Interuniversity Attraction Pole funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office)
  • Contributor to the Strasbourg Observers Blog
  • Member of the External Referee Committee for the Human Rights Annual Review of the Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile (Since 2011)

EXPERTISE

  • Integration of and divergence in human rights standards
  • Cultural diversity and rights of non-dominant groups
  • Poverty and social rights
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Regional and Universal adjudicatory mechanisms of human rights

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • David, V. and Fraser, J., “Juvenile Criminal Justice before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Aims and Limitations on the Imprisonment of Children” in Haeck, Burbano-Herrera and Ruiz-Chiriboga (Eds.) 35 Years of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Present and Future (forthcoming)
  • David, V., “The Inauguration of the Inter-American Defenders’ Era: Reflections after the Furlan Case” in Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal (forthcoming)
  • David, V., “Reparations at the Human Rights Committee: legal basis, practice and challenges,” Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 2014 (Issue 1)
  • David, V., “The Expansive Right to an Effective Remedy: the practice and impact of the case law of the Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Court,” British Journal of American Legal Studies, 2014 (Vol. 3-Issue 1)
  • David, V., Nash, C., and Bascur, M., “Guía para la Utilización del Sistema Interamericano en la Protección de Denunciantes de Corrupción,” Human Rights Centre, University of Chile, 2013. [“Guide for Using the Inter-American System in the Protection of Whistle-Blowers”]
  • David, V., and Nash, C., “Igualdad y No Discriminación en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos” in Derechos Humanos y Juicio Justo, COLAM, Lima, 2010. [“Equality and Non-Discrimination in the Inter-American Human Rights System”]
  • David, V., “Condiciones Carcelarias en Chile. Entrevista a Mónica Maldonado” in 6 Anuario de Derechos Humanos, 2010, Centro de Derechos Humanos, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Chile. [“Prison Conditions in Chile. Interview to Mónica Maldonado”]
  • David, V., (General Editor) Jurisprudence Bulletin of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Regular Numbers 2/09, 3/09, 4/09, 1/10, 2/10 and Special Numbers 2009 and 2010, Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Chile

ALL PUBLICATIONS

All publications by Valeska David are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, ValeskaDavid@BiblioUGent.

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