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Biography

PhD. Researcher in International Law

Project: Re-visiting the Judicialization of Indigenous Lands in North Eastern Nicaragua.

My PhD project explores the making and unmaking of indigenous territories in North Eastern Nicaragua, following the famous 2001 sentence by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case Mayagna (Sumo) Awas Tingni vs. Nicaragua. It is a socio-legal project that explores how legal norms regarding indigenous lands in Nicaragua were created and how they function on the ground in this particular historical, economic, social and political context. The project investigates how the attempt to decolonize law and bring indigenous knowledge into the official judicial system has exacerbated friction, contradictions and conflicts between different conceptualizations of land, culture and society. 

Before turning to Academia I lived and worked in three countries in Latin America: Bolivia, Nicaragua and Cuba. In Bolivia I assisted the Danish Development Cooperation DANIDA with the preparation of a development program aiming to improve access to justice. In Nicaragua I managed smaller projects with Nicaraguan civil society organisations in social development and in Cuba I worked mainly with human rights and political analysis.

 I am interested in international legal theory, postcolonial theory and epistemologies from the South, in political movements and in conflicts related to  land, natural resources and social justice in Latin America.