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Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo

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Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Bio

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 ( and member of the Human Rights Researchers’ Network (

Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Publications

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Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Professional Positions

  • Head of the National Office of Justice for Peace and Indigenous Justice (Jefa de la Oficina Nacional de Justicia de Paz y Justicia Indígena) of the Judicial Branch of Peru (Nov. 2019 – ongoing)
  • Professor of Sociology of Law, Antonio Ruíz de Montoya University, Peru (Mar 2020 – ongoing)
  • Associate Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, Human Rights Centre (Feb 2019-ongoing)
  • PhD research fellow, Ghent University, Department of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Centre (2012 – 2019)
  • Coordinator of the “Cátedra Indigenista”, University of Salamanca, Spain (September 2009 – September 2011)
  • Lawyer, General Directorate of Authorization, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Peru (January 2008 – September 2008)
  • Commissioner of the Ombudsman’s Office, Ancash Region, Peru (April 2005 – July 2006)
  • Coordinator, Republic Congress of Peru (December 2003 – March 2005)
  • Civil service, Congress of the Republic of Peru (January 2003 – November 2003)
  • Legal Advisor in the Legal Office of the National University of San Marcos (January 2002 – December 2002).

Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Education

University Degrees

  • Doctor in Law, Ghent University, Belgium, 2019
  • Master Degree in Latin American Studies at the political section (Salamanca University, Spain, June 2010). With mention: Excellent A.
  • Lawyer (National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru, December 2005)
  • Bachelor of law (National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru, December 2003)

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • International Conference “Natural Resources Grabbing: Erosion or Legitimate Exercise of State Sovereignty?”, Cagliari University, 4 and 5 October 2013
  • Course “Legal Pluralism, Interculturality and Access to Justice”, Comisión Andina de Juristas (CAJ) and Agencia de Cooperación Internacional Española (AECID), May – December 2010
  • V Course on Indigenous Peoples, Democracy and Human Rights. Virtual school for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme, April – August 2010
  • Course Indigenous Social Movements. Ibero-American Institute – University of Salamanca, May 2010
  • Course on the Quality of Democracy in the Andean countries. The cases of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Ibero-American Institute – University of Salamanca. November 2009
  • Course on Indigenous Rights and Cultural Minorities. University of Alcalá de Henares/ Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsman – FIO, Madrid- Spain, May 2008
  • Certified in Human Rights. University of Alcalá de Henares/FIO, Madrid, Spain, September – December 2007
  • Second Basic Training Course 2005 on ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Ombudsman of Peru, September – October 2005

Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Sideline activities/memberships

  • Member (co-founder) of the Multidisciplinary Network on Indigenous Peoples
  • Member of the Human Rights Researchers’ Network

Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's Speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops

  • “The Peruvian jurisprudence on the right to prior consultation and its compatibility with the standards of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”, IX Multidisciplinary Meeting on Indigenous Peoples, University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, the Netherlands, 30-31 May – 1 Jun 2018.
  • “Women human rights defenders in El Salvador” at the Conference Women, gender equality, climate justice: a case for the defensoras inspiring stories from Latin America, Pianofabriek Gemeenschapscentrum, Brussels, Belgium, 9 January 2018.
  • “The right to prior consultation under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Challenges of its application in the Andean region”, Conference: 10th Anniversary of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, London University, Human Rights Consortium, United Kingdom, 20 October 2017.
  • “La consulta previa desde la visión indígena”, at the Workshop “Consulta, participación y transformación de conflictos. Un estudio comparativo acerca de la extracción de recursos en Bolivia y Perú”, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany, 24-25 June 2015.
  • “Más allá de la ley: La aplicación del derecho a la consulta previa en el Perú”, VI Workshop “Multidisciplinary Meeting on Indigenous Peoples”, Ghent University, Belgium, 10-11 June 2015.
  • “Andoas: an open wound in the Peruvian Amazon”, the Society of Latin American Studies Conference 2015Aberdeen University, Scotland, 17-18 April 2015.
  • “The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Prior Consultation in the Andean Countries. National Constitutional and Legal Mechanisms”, Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, Canada, May 24 – 30, 2014.
  • “The Ethno-development and the role of indigenous peoples in Agenda 21”. Brazil & Spain Seminar – Development and Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects. Brazilian Studies Center. University of Salamanca. Spain, May, 2012.
  • “When standards are not enough: The right to prior consultation of indigenous peoples and social conflict in Peru”. X International Conference on Globalization and critical thinking. Interculturality and human rights. Complutense University of Madrid. Spain (UCM). January, 2012.
  • “The stone in the shoe: The previous consultation with Indigenous peoples and economic development in Peru”. XVII International Congress of Iberoamerican Anthropology. University of Salamanca. Spain. April, 2011.
  • “The impact of indigenous social mobilization in Bagua on the recognition of the right to prior consultation”. IV Workshop on Anthropology. University of Salamanca. Spain. October, 2010.
  • “The right to prior consultation of indigenous peoples in Peru”. XIV Meeting of Spanish Latin Americanists. University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain. September 2010.
  • “The right to prior consultation”. I Workshop “Multidisciplinary Meeting on Indigenous Peoples”. University of Salamanca. Spain. March 2010.
  • “Communal Justice in Peru: Legal Treatment”. II Peruvian Congress on Legal Anthropology. RELAJU. Lima.. September 2008.
Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's work details
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 68 18
Dr. Amelia Alva Arevalo's expertise
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Indigenous movements & socio-environmental conflicts
  • Latin American studies


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