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Amelia Alva is a PhD Candidate at the Human Rights Centre and the Department of Constitutional Law of Ghent University. 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 a number of 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 , member of the Society for Latin American Studies ) and the Latin American Studies Association.



POSITION PhD Research Fellow

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WORKING DAYS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

OFFICE HOURS 09.00 h – 17.00 h

CONTACT HOURS On appointment

VISITING ADDRESS Paddenhoek 5, 2nd floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Constitutional Law & Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


  • PhD research fellow, Ghent University, Department of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Centre (2012 – ongoing)
  • 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).


University Degrees

  • 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


  • Travel grant of the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, 2014-2015.
  • Scholarship from Ghent University Research Fund, two-years grant for a PhD research, 2012-2016.
  • Scholarship of the Global Center for Development and Democracy at the University of Salamanca, 2009-2011.
  • Scholarship of the Fundación Carolina, 2008-2009.
  • Grant of the Mobility Program of the Ibero-American University Postgrade Association, 2011.
  • Grant of the United Nations Program for Development, 2010.
  • Grant of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECID) and the Comisión Andina de Juristas (CAJ), 2010.
  • Grant of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECID), within the Regional Programme of Support to the Ombudsman in Latin America (PRADPI), 2008.
  • Grant of Alcalá de Henares University, within the Regional Programme of Support to the Ombudsman in Latin America (PRADPI), 2007.


  • Member of the Multidisciplinary Network on Indigenous Peoples
  • Member of Society for Latin American Studies
  • Member of Latin American Studies Association


  • Indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Indigenous movements & socio-environmental conflicts
  • Latin American studies


  • “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 2015, Aberdeen 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.


  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “El Derecho a la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas en el derecho internacional”, Deusto University, Spain, 2014, 114 p. ISBN: 978-84-15759-35-5.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “The Right to Prior Consultation in Peru After Indigenous Social Mobilisation in the Amazon Basin”, Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal, 2012, No. 1-2, pp. 1-20.
  • ALVA AREVALO, “Algunas reflexiones sobre los alcances del derecho a la consulta previa post movilización social indígena en la selva peruana [Some Reflections on the Scope of the Rights to Prior Consultation after Indigenous Social Mobilisation in the Peruvian jungle]”, Revista de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociológicas [Journal of Political and Sociological Research], 2011, Vol. 10, Nº 2, pp. 97-116
  • ALVA AREVALO, “Una aproximación a los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en la región Andina. A propósito de la irrupción de sus territorios”. In: Fernández de Moral, Francisco & Lima Torrado, Jesús, Guía de conocimiento sobre derechos humanos y cine, 2 edición, 2015, Madrid, pp. 142 – 148.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “Entre los avances y retrocesos de la política estatal intercultural peruana: Una aproximación a la realidad de los pueblos indígenas [Between the Advances and Regression of Intercultural Peruvian Government Policy: An Approximation of the Reality for Indigenous Peoples]”, RAE Jurisprudencia – Revista de Análisis Especializada de Jurisprudencia [Review of Specialist Analysis of Jurisprudence], 2011 (December), Nº 42, pp. 93-104.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “Vaivenes del Tribunal Constitucional Peruano referente a algunos derechos claves en los pueblos indígenas [Ups and Downs of the Peruvian Constitutional Court concerning Some Key Rights of Indigenous Peoples]”, RAE Jurisprudencia – Revista de Análisis Especializada de Jurisprudencia [Review of Specialist Analysis of Jurisprudence], 2011 (August), N° 38, pp. 213-222.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “La consagración constitucional de la justicia comunal en el Perú y su plasmación en el ordenamiento jurídico. Análisis del artículo 149° de la Constitución” [The Constitutional Enshrinement of Communal Justice in Peru and its Inclusión into the Legal System. Analysis of Article 149 of the Constitution]”, JuS- Doctrina & Práctica [JuS – Doctrine & Practice], 2007 (September), N° 10.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “Una mirada general a los procesos electorales latinoamericanos en el bicentenario” [A General Overview of the Latin American Electoral Processes in the Bicentenary], Bibliographic Review of the book ‘Manuel Alcántara Sáez and María Laura Tagina, América Latina: política y elecciones del bicentenário (2009-2010), Madrid, Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, 2011, 499 p.’”, Em Tese Revista [Em Tese Journal], 2011, Vol. 4, Nº 1, pp. 96-101.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “Bibliographic Review of the book ‘Anna Ayuso and Gemma Pinyol (eds.), Inmigración Latinoamericana en España. El estado de la investigación [Latin-American Immigration in Spain. A Status Questionis of the Research]’”, América Latina Hoy Journal [Latin-American Today-Journal], 2010 (August), N° 55, pp. 206-208.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “El derecho a la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas en el Perú” [The Right to Prior Consultation of Indigenous Peoples in Peru], in Las Actas del XIV Encuentro de Latinoamericanistas Españoles [Proceedings of the XIVth Meeting of Spanish Latin-Americanists], Santiago de Compostela, University of Santiago de Compostela, 2010 (September), pp. 2600-2620.
  • A. ALVA AREVALO, “¿La piedra en el zapato?: la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas y el desarrollo económico en el Perú”. In: ESPINA BARRIO, Angel B. (Ed.), Contención y Derroche. Economía, Fiesta y Cultura en Iberoamérica. Salamanca University, ISBN: 978-84-941179-0-9.

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