People in the Transitional Justice Network

Clara Sandoval



LLB Javeriana, University (Colombia), MA Essex University, PhD Essex
Senior Lecturer, former Director of LLM International Human Rights Law, Member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Clinic, School of Law
Clara Sandoval

  • Room: 5S.6.22
  • Telephone (external): (+44) 01206 874218
  • Telephone (internal): 4218
  • e-mail: csando [at]
  • Departmental webpage

Dr Clara Sandoval is a qualified lawyer and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Essex University, former Director of the LLM in International Human Rights Law, member of the Human Rights Centre, Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and Member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Clinic. She teaches and researches on areas related to the Inter-American System of Human Rights, Legal Theory, Business and Human Rights and Transitional Justice.

Most of her recent scholarship has been focused on reparations for gross human rights violations by the State and by TNCs. She was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court in 2005, providing the Court with analysis on the award of reparations for gross human rights violations by regional human rights courts, and has equally worked as a consultant for the ICC in the area of reparations. She was also part of the research carried out by the ICTJ on reparations for the next of kin of victims of gross human rights violations under international law.

Her work in the area of transitional justice led her and a group of colleagues at the University of Essex to create the Essex Transitional Justice Network (ETJN). The University has been fully supportive of this project and awarded it funding for it to become one of its four global challenges. Currently, the ETJN has more than 60 members of the academic staff from different disciplines in the University and is conducting exciting work. More on the ETJN can be found at: Besides her academic commitments, Clara also engages in human rights litigation, training and capacity building with organisations such as REDRESS and the IBA. Clara is a member of the Human Rights International Council of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Transitional Justice related publications

Sandoval, C., and Rubio, R., "Engendering the Reparations Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Promise of the Cotton Field Judgment", Human Rights Quarterly (2011), 1062-1091.

Sandoval, C., "Reflexiones en Torno de la Ley de Justicia y Paz", 19 Revista de Derecho Comparado 2011 available at:

Sandoval, C., Transitional Justice: Key Concepts, Processes and Challenges, IDCR Briefing paper, 2010, available at:

Sandoval, C., and Duttwiler, M., "Redressing Non-Pecuniary Damages of Torture Survivors: The Practice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights", in Gilbert, G., Hampson, F., and Sandoval, C., The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley (London, Routledge, 2010), p. 114-136.


    Talk on Art and Transitional Justice - Professor Vikki Bell

    Tuesday 3 March 2015 1-2pm 5S.4.9 Chaired by Sanja Bahun

    British Council/ETJN Workshop - "Dealing with Land Destitution and Structural Inequalities in Transitions"

    25 - 28 February 2015, Javeriana University, Bogota


    'But They Can't Break Stones' Distaru, 2015 - Thursday 26th February LTB10 6pm

    Film TBC - Thursday 5th March LTB10 6pm

  • NEWS

    ETJN 2014 Newsletter

    Landmark Inter-American court case over Pinochet abuses concluded

    BBC News

    Leopoldo Garcia Lucero has won his battle for compensation from Chile. His case was the lead for those seeking reparations, and therefore the implications are wide-reaching. The ETJN's Director Clara Sandoval was one of the 3 laywers representing Mr. Garcia in front of the Court.