Amelia Alva is an Associate Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre and the Department of Constitutional Law of Ghent University. On 29 January 2019, she defended her doctoral dissertation “The right to prior consultation of indigenous peoples: Evaluating national legislation and practice in Peru from an international human rights law perspective”. She holds a Law Degree awarded by the National University of San Marcos (Peru) and a Master Degree in Latin-American Studies by the University of Salamanca (Spain). She has done several specialization courses on human rights and indigenous people’s rights.
She was the Coordinator of the Indigenous Cathedra ‘Jose María Arguedas’ at the Ibero-American Institute (University of Salamanca) from 2009 to 2011 and a member of the research team on the Project ‘Cultural and political rights of indigenous people and their impact on development’, funded by the International Catalan Institute for Peace and assigned to the International Studies and Documentation Center of Barcelona (Cidob). Before, she worked as a lawyer in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, the Ombudsman’s Office and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Her main interests concern indigenous peoples’ rights, extractivism of natural resources and indigenous movements. Her current research focuses on the implementation and the exercise of the prior consultation of indigenous peoples in the Andean Countries (Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru).
She is a member (co-founder) of the Multidisciplinary Network on Indigenous Peoples (https://redempi.wordpress.com) and member of the Human Rights Researchers’ Network (https://hrc.sas.ac.uk/networks/human-rights-researchers-network).
Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken