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Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera

Professor of International Human Rights Law

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Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Bio

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.

Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Publications

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Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Professional Positions

  • Professor of International Human Rights Law (since 2019)
  • Visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (in 2016, 2017 and 2020)
  • External Supervisor, Faculty of Law, University of Malta (since 2019)
  • Associated Research Scholar, University of Bergen (since 2016)
  • Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA (August 2015–August 2016)
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow, François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA (August 2014–August 2015)
  • Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2012–2016, on leave between August 2014 and August 2015)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights, South Africa (May–June 2012)
  • Visiting Professional Fellow, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Banjul, The Gambia (October 2011)
  • External Supervisor, Conflict, Human Rights & Criminal Justice Clinical Programme, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2009–2012)
  • Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Brussels, Belgium, and Senior Research Fellow at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2009–2012)
  • Visiting Professional Fellow, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington DC, USA (November–December 2010)
  • Visiting Scholar Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA (November–December 2010)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica (October 2008–January 2009)
  • Junior Researcher, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2004–2008/2009)
  • Professor Course of Constitution and Democracy, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2001–2004)
  • Professor Course of Constitutional Law, Agrarian University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia (2004)
  • Researcher (part time) on Project “Information on Rights of Vulnerable Groups”, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2003)
  • Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law, ICESI University, Cali, Colombia (2001–2002)
  • Legal Adviser and Presenter in an Educative TV Programme “Paz las que sea” (Peace it should be) concerning Human Rights at the National Colombian Television following a cooperation agreement between the University of Los Andes & the Office of the National Ombudsman, Bogotá, Colombia (2002)
  • Researcher in the Project “Legal Education in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Colombian Law Faculties”, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2002)
  • Researcher (part time) in the Project “The Collection Systematizing and Analysis of the Jurisprudence of the Rights to a Minimum of Existence”, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2001)
  • Assistant Course on Property Law, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2001)
  • Assistant Course of Administrative Law, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (1999)

Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Education

University Degrees

  • Doctor in Law, Ghent University, Belgium, 2009 (Ghent University does not award grades), supervisor Prof. Dr. Johan Vande Lanotte
  • Postgraduate in Constitutional Law, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004 (summa cum laude and first of the class)
  • LL.M. in Fundamental Rights, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, 2003 (magna cum laude)
  • Licentiate in Law/Master of Laws, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2001 (magna cum laude)

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Intensive Course on Socio-Economic Rights: Sexual and Reproductive Rights Litigation, Harvard University, Boston, USA, October 2014
  • Global School Course on Health Rights Litigation, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA, September 2013
  • Intensive Course on Health and Human Rights: Concepts, Implementation, and Impact, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA, June 2013
  • Sexual Minority Rights Course, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, February 2012
  • International Human Rights Academy, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2005
  • Summer Course on The Protection of the Children’s Rights, University of Extremadura, Caceres Spain, 2003
  • Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, USA, 2001

Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Institutional Responsibilities

  • Member Steering Committee, Inter-Faculty Centre for Global Studies, UGent, Belgium (since 2020)
  • Member of CESSMIR, Inter-Faculty Centre for the Social Study of Migration, UGent (since 2019)
  • Selection Committee Member Fulbright, Belgium
  • Member Postdoctoral Advisory Research Council, Harvard University, USA (2014-2016)
  • Member Evaluation Committee Scholars at Risk Network, UGent, Belgium (since 2013)

Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Major collaborations with (inter)national networks

  • Founder Member, FWO Research Network on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations, composed of 5 universities (since 2020).
  • Member of the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on Economic and Social Rights” with the “Law and Society Association” (LSA) (2014 – present).
  • Executive Committee Member of the International Network “The Inter-American Human Rights System: Assessing its Development and Impact”, a Research Network of 11 universities from Latin America, North America and Europe, London, UK (2014 – 2016).
  • Co-founder and Member of the “Latin American & European Human Rights Network (LAEHR)”, a Research Network of 16 universities from Latin America, North America and Europe, (2005 – 2010)

Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's Membership of editorial boards of scientific journals and activities as peer reviewer

  • Editor in Chief ‘Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal’, UK, from 2015 until 2019
  • Member Scientific Committee, Law Journal ‘State of Law (Derecho del Estado)’, Colombia, since 2014
  • Reviewer for several international peer reviewed journals, inc. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Nordic Journal of Human Rights and international publishers, included OUP and CUP, since 2014
  • External reviewer in the ambit of the award of the ‘Prize for Development Cooperation’ (‘Prijs voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking’), awarded by the Belgian Federal Ministry of Development Affairs with regard to Master theses, Brussels – Belgium (2009)
Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 2nd floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Campus Aula, Department of European, Public and International Law, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
  • Working days: Monday - Friday
  • Office Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano-Herrera's expertise
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Regional Human Rights Systems
  • Constitutional Law
  • Vulnerable groups

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