PhD Students

Miss Diana Guarnizo Peralta (under examination)

Position in departmentGraduate Teaching Assistant

Diana Guarnizo, LLB (National University of Colombia, Colombia), LLM (University of Essex) is currently a PhD student at the School of Law at the University of Essex. Her PhD thesis focuses on structural remedies and violations of socio-economic rights.

Diana has also worked as a consultant in women’s rights, socio-economic rights and Inter-American System of Human Rights for several organizations, including Oxfam- Intermon, Redress, Colombian Ombudsman, Colombian Commission of Jurist, etc. Previous to this experience, she worked as a Fellow Assistant at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAComHR); as a consultant for the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the IAComHR; and as Assistant Researcher in the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Justicia y Sociedad (Dejusticia).


2011 – present PhD Candidate, University of Essex, School of Law,

2010     LLM in International Human Rights Law, University of Essex  (Distinction).

2006     Graduate Diploma on Human Rights and Women: Theory and Practice, University of Chile.

2005     Specialisation in Constitutional Law, National University of Colombia.

2004     J.D Law, National University of Colombia.

Research interests

International Human Rights Law

Economic, social and cultural rights

Rights of women

Regional systems of human rights

Legal Theory

Teaching responsibilities

(2015) University of London, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, Visiting Lecturer.

(2014) University of Essex, School of Law, Module on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Visiting Lecturer.

(2012-2014) University of Essex, School of Law, LW 301 Jurisprudence, General Teaching Assistant

SupervisorJoint Supervision: Professor Paul Hunt and Dr Clara Sandoval
Thesis titleGuarantees of non-repetition for violations of socio-economic rights

"Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Challengues in the awarding of general measures", 2014 AHRI Human Rights Research Conference, Copenhaguen, Denmark, (Sept 2014)

"Structural remedies and economic, social and cultural rights" in Human Rights Research Students' conference: Spring Term, organized by University of Essex, Human Rights Consortium University of London and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, United Kingdom, Colchester (15 May 2013)

"Challengues in the implementation of the victims and land restitution Law for colombian women" in Challenges to Human Security and the Santos Administration, organised by the institute for the Study of the Americas, United Kingdom, (2012)

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