Adriana Bessa

Adriana Bessa

Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  /  Right to Food  /  Food Sustainability  /  Traditional Local Communities  /  Human Rights and the Environment  /  Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights

Adriana Bessa is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.

Her research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants, and the right to food and sustainability. She is a member of the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organizer of the training course on Human Rights and the Environment and co-organizer of the on the Rights of Peasants training course.

Dr Bessa also teaches International Human Rights Law at Lille Catholic University and Biodiversity Law at the University of Alicante.

She holds a PhD in Public International Law from the European University Institute, Florence. Her doctoral thesis addressed the status and rights of traditional local communities in international law, with a particular focus on international environmental, human rights and cultural heritage law.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Senegal, Ziguinchor area, Bignona Department, Kataba 1 municipality, Kouram village. A woman works in a vegetable garden as part of an economic security programme. Project

Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa

This six-year project aims to provide evidence-based knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovative strategies and policy options that improve food sustainability.

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Madagascar, Miarinarivo district. Women transplanting rice. Project

The Rights of Peasants

This project aims to support efforts to strengthen the promotion and protection of the rights of peasants, and in particular to provide expert support to the negotiations taking place at the Human Rights Council.

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Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Lower Dir disctrict, Kamala village. Those farmers lucky enough to have Training

The Protection of Human Rights and the Environment

This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights (HR) and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing HR mechanisms.

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Somalia, Beledweyne. A herder stands with his goats at a nearby water point Training

Human Rights and Land Grabbing

This training course provides participants with an in-depth examination of the complex relationship between human rights and land grabbing.

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Publications

Cover of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Local Communities in the Nagoya Protocol: Unresolved Questions

Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Local Communities in the Nagoya Protocol: Unresolved Questions

February 2016

Adriana Bessa

Liaison Énergie-Francophonie, Issue 101, pp. 49-53.

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Cover of Traditional Local Communities: What lessons can be learnt at the international level from the experiences of Brazil and Scotland?

Traditional Local Communities: What lessons can be learnt at the international level from the experiences of Brazil and Scotland?

November 2015

Adriana Bessa

Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), Vol 24, Issue 3, pp. 330-340

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Cover of La protección de los conocimientos tradicionales y su relación con los derechos a la tierra y a los recursos naturales

La protección de los conocimientos tradicionales y su relación con los derechos a la tierra y a los recursos naturales

November 2014

Adriana Bessa

Revista Aranzadi de Derecho Ambiental, Issue 27, pp. 61-88.

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Cover of European Journal of Human Rights

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 2016

Adriana Bessa, Joanna Bourke Martignoni

European Journal of Human Rights, vol. 2/2016, pp. 234-253

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