Neus Torbisco-Casals

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Areas of expertise

Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights  /  Gender  /  Theories of Justice  /  Foundations of Human Rights  /  Right to Self-Determination  /  Cultural Claims  /  Law and Equality Policies

Neus Torbisco-Casals is Visiting Professor at the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where she teaches courses relating to human rights, international law and political justice. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and Associate Professor of Law at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Her primary research areas are human rights, minority rights and theories of justice, anti-discrimination law and policy, gender equality and cultural diversity. More recently, she has also conducted research on international courts and diversity, on trust and democratic theory and on indigenous claims and the politics of self-determination. She has published several articles and chapters on these topics and has presented papers at conferences in Europe, and North and South America.

After completing her Law degree at the University of Barcelona, she received a scholarship to develop her doctoral project, on the justification of group rights, in Canada, where she was mainly affiliated with Queen’s University. During this time, she also completed an internship at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2000, she was awarded a doctorate in Law from Pompeu Fabra University. Since then, she has held teaching and research positions at, among others, Queen’s University, the University of Puerto Rico and New York University School of Law, where she was a Hauser Research Fellow (2003–2004). From 2007 to 2009, she held a research position at the Law Department of the London School of Economics, and in 2012 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Taught Courses

Colombia, Medellín, Bellavista prison. The ICRC frequently visits the prisons of the country. Prison overcrowding is one of the main issues. LLM - Course

International Human Rights Law

This course provides a general introduction to international human rights law (IHRL). It examines the origins, foundations and sources of IHRL, as well as its institutions and dedicated enforcement mechanisms.

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Peru,  Huancasancos. Vigil and burial ceremonies for the victims of the conflict whose remains were finally restituted to their families after 30 years of disappearance. Master in transitional justice - Course

Cultural Claims in Divided Societies

This course introduces students to the multiple dilemmas for human rights and democratic governance that arise from cultural and identity claims raised by vulnerable groups in divided societies. Indigenous peoples, linguistic minorities and ethnic communities, among others, typically claim a wide range of group-differentiated rights or accommodations in order to protect their specific cultures, overcome a history of abuse, and attain a higher level of equality vis-à-vis the larger majority.

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Publications

Cover of Beyond Altruism? Globalising Democracy in the Age of Distrust

Beyond Altruism? Globalising Democracy in the Age of Distrust

June 2015

Neus Torbisco-Casals

The Monist

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Cover of Group Rights as Human Rights: A Liberal Approach to Multiculturalism

Group Rights as Human Rights: A Liberal Approach to Multiculturalism

July 2017

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Springer

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Cover of The Law & Ethics of Human Rights. Volume 10, Issue 2

Multiculturalism, Identity Claims, and Human Rights: From Politics to Courts

December -0001

Neus Torbisco-Casals, Editor-in-Chief: Stopler Gila

The Law & Ethics of Human Rights. Volume 10, Issue 2

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Cover of Why Fighting Structural Inequalities Requires Institutionalizing Difference: A Response to Nienke Grossman

Why Fighting Structural Inequalities Requires Institutionalizing Difference: A Response to Nienke Grossman

September 2016

Neus Torbisco-Casals

AJIL Unbound

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