Clara Sandoval

Clara Sandoval

Professor at the University of Essex School of Law and Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  /  Reparations  /  Transitional Justice  /  Regional Human Rights Mechanisms  /  Inter-American Human Rights System  /  Guarantees of Non-Repetition  /  Non-State Actors and Transitional Justice

Clara Sandoval is Professor at the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, and the founding and current Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network.

Her expertise is in transitional justice, the Inter-American System of Human Rights, legal theory, business and human rights, reparations, guarantees of non-repetition and implementation of human rights orders and recommendations.

She is co-investigator on the research project on Human Rights Law Implementation where she leads the work on the Americas region, which focuses on Colombia, Guatemala and Canada as case studies. She is also co-investigator on the research project on Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies where the team is looking at reparation in six countries including Nepal, Colombia, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Peru and Guatemala.

Professor Sandoval qualified as a lawyer in Colombia, has an MA and PhD from the University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been acting Director of the Human Rights Centre and former Director of the LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex.

Professor Sandoval has been a consultant on reparations, transitional justice for the International Criminal Court, UN Women, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Center for Transitional Justice. She also advised the Colombian Ministry of Justice during the peace process in Colombia on diverse issues such as justice and reparations, including the role of third-party actors during the transition. She engages in human rights litigation with organizations such as REDRESS and has brought cases concerning impunity, reparations and transitional justice before the Inter-American System on their behalf.

She has published widely on transitional justice and reparations. She wrote for OHCHR the Special Issue on Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and was hired by OHCHR and UN Women to write the UN Guidance Note of the Secretary-General on Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.

Professor Sandoval is currently working on a co-authored book on reparations for victims of armed conflicts (Third volume of the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War) to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

Taught Courses

Kosovo, Mejë/Meja. A ‘Field of Tears’ cemetery and memorial site represents the event during which, the biggest number of persons disappeared in Kosovo. Master in transitional justice - Course

Human Rights and Transitional Justice: Victims’ Perspective

This course draws out the links between the field of transitional justice and human rights. It provides students with a thorough background on legal obligations and theories in the field of human rights

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Publications

Cover of Guidance Note of the Secretary-General – Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence

Guidance Note of the Secretary-General – Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence

June 2014

Clara Sandoval

OHCHR

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Cover of the book Linking Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability

Linking Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability

January 2014

Clara Sandoval, Leonardo Filippini, Roberto Vidal

Routledge

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Cover of the book Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

January 2014

Clara Sandoval

OHCHR

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Cover of the book The Gender of Reparations

Repairing Family Members: Gross Human Rights Violations and Communities of Harm

August 2009

Clara Sandoval, Catalina Díaz, Ruth Rubio-Marin

Cambridge University Press

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