Clara Burbano Herrera is a Research Professor of Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology, and Director of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context at Ghent University (Belgium). Prof Dr Burbano-Herrera is also guest professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and affiliate research professor at the University of Bergen (Norway). Previously, she was a Fulbright Senior Researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (USA), a visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Germany), and a postdoctoral researcher of the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) (Belgium).
Prof Dr Burbano-Herrera has broad research interests in international human rights law, comparative regional human rights systems and constitutional law. Her research lies on the intersection between international law and human rights, and relates to the role of international human rights organs in the prevention of violation of human rights, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. She has lived and spent most of her academic life conducting socio-legal research in diverse countries.
Clara holds a PhD in Law (Ghent University), a Master after Master in Fundamental Rights, magna cum laude (University Carlos III, Spain), a Master after Master in Constitutional Law, first of the class, summa cum laude, best student award (National University of Colombia), and a Master of Laws, magna cum laude (University of Los Andes, Colombia). With her research Clara has been awarded the Dutch Prince Bernhard Price for Innovative Research.
She is co-founder and Executive member of the Inter-American Human Rights Network, co- founder of the Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal, co-founder and Director of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, and Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights in Context Blog.
The European Research Council awarded Clara an ERC Consolidator Grant research project in 2022.
Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken