PhD Students (completed)

Ms Leticia Marques Osorio

Leticia Osorio graduated in Law at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), has a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul (Brazil), is an Advisor Expert to the Executive Director of UN Habitat/Advisory Group on Forced Evictions and directed the Essex Human Rights Clinic from February 2010 to April 2011. She currently works for the Ford Foundation as Human Rights Programme Officer for Brazil. 


Current research

  • International Human Rights Law - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Constitucional Law/Latin America
  • Gypsies' and Travellers' Rights - European Human Rights Law and UK Law
Research interests
  • Human rights
  • Land and property rights
  • Urban planning
  • Indigenous and Afro-descendent rights
Teaching responsibilities

  • Osorio, Leticia (Org), The Statute of the City and the Challenges of Urban Management, Sergio Fabris Editor, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2002 (Portuguese)
  • Osorio, Leticia, ‘The Right to Adequate Housing in Latin America: from theory to practice in Yasmin, Alicia (Org.) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Latin America: from theory to practice, Editor: Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos del Peru – APRODEH, Lima, Peru, 2004 (Spanish)
  • Osorio, Leticia, ‘ The World Charter on the Right to the City’, Urban Policies and the Right to the City, International Public Debates, UNESCO, Paris, 2005 (English)
  • Osorio, Leticia, Law, Land and Tenure and Gender Review: Latin America, UN Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya, 2005 (English)
  • Osorio, Leticia, 'Not in Our Back Yard: The Right to Housing and Freedom of Forced Evictions of Gypsies and Travellers in the United Kingdom' in Essex Journal The Holocaust in History and Memory, Volume 3, 2010, The Porrajmos, University of Essex, UK

Study areas
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Land and Property Law
  • Housing Rights

SupervisorProfessor Paul Hunt and Professor Sabine Michalowski
Thesis titleThe social function of property and the human right to security of tenure in Latin America


1. Conference The Local Relevance of Human Rights, University of Antwerp, University Saint-Ignacius, Antwerp (UCSIA), European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation - 16-18 October 2008, University of Antwerp
Presented a paper on “The right to land, property and development of afro-descent communities: the case of the Quilombos, Brazil” at the workshop on “Legal strategies to defend indigenous peoples’ rights: the Awas Tingi case before the Inter-American Court"
2. Symposium on Human Rights - The Law Society of England and the Wales and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex - 11-12 September 2009, University of Essex. Presented a paper on strategic litigation on economic, social and cultural rights.

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