Dr Koldo Casla

School of Law
Dr Koldo Casla
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    +44 (0) 1206 876311

  • Location

    5S.7.21, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Autumn Term: Monday 3-4pm ( or email me to arrange some other time



I am a Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic. I also lead the 'Human Rights Local' project at the Human Rights Centre. Between 2017 and 2019, I was a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society of Newcastle University, where I co-drafted the first Bill on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the UK. Between 2016 and 2019, I was the Policy Director of Just Fair, leading the organisation's research, strategic communications, partnerships and campaigning on economic and social rights in the UK. Between 2013 and 2019, I worked as an independent researcher for Amnesty International, authoring four reports on the rights to health, education and housing in Spain. Over the years, I have also been very involved in Amnesty's strategy-development and governance at the international, national and local levels. Between 2011 and 2013, I was the Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Basque Country (“Ararteko”). I hold a PhD in European and International Studies from King’s College London (2017), a Fulbright MA in International Studies from the University of Denver (2011), a MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (2009), and a Law Degree from the University of the Basque Country (2008).


  • PhD European and International Studies King's College London, (2017)

  • MA International Studies University of Denver, (2011)

  • MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights University of Essex, (2009)

  • LLB University of the Basque Country, (2008)


University of Essex

  • 'Human Rights Local' Project Lead, Human Rights Centre, School of Law, University of Essex (12/12/2019 - present)

  • Director, Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law, University of Essex (16/6/2021 - present)

  • Deputy Director, Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law, University of Essex (1/1/2020 - 15/6/2021)

  • Health Law Cluster Coordinator, School of Law, University of Essex (1/12/2019 - 1/12/2020)

Other academic

  • Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University (1/11/2017 - 11/12/2019)

  • External Examiner, Department of Politics, University of York (14/10/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Open to supervise

Critique of Human Rights

Open to supervise

Spanish Politics

International Relations

UK Politics

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Foundations of Human Rights (HU100)

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Human Rights Clinic (HU902)

  • Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Change (HU928)

  • Plagues, Pandemics, and Panics (HU929)

  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice (LW901)

  • Contemporary Challenges in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (LW930)


Journal articles (5)

Casla, K., (2020). School Bullying Among Peers, Human Rights and the State’s Duty to Protect: The Case of Spain. The International Journal of Children's Rights. 28 (4), 778-804

Casla, K., (2019). #1forEquality: The Story of an Unlikely Victorious Campaign in the Making. Journal of Human Rights Practice. 11 (3), 554-568

Casla, K., (2016). The rights we live in: protecting the right to housing in Spain through fair trial, private and family life and non-retrogressive measures. The International Journal of Human Rights. 20 (3), 285-297

Casla, K., (2012). Interactions between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law for the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales. 23, 1-17

Books (2)

Casla, K., Sepúlveda, M., Silva, V., Contreras, V., Cisterna, P. and Delgado, V., (2021). Derechos sociales y el momento constituyente de Chile: Perspectivas globales y locales para el debate constitucional. GI-ESCR

Casla, K., (2019). Politics of International Human Rights Law Promotion in Western Europe: Order versus Justice. Routledge. 0367189119. 978-0367189112

Book chapters (9)

Casla, K., (2021). Social rights and situational vulnerability in the UK. In: Law, Responsibility and Vulnerability: State Accountability and Responsiveness. Editors: Gallen, J. and Ní Mhuirthile, T., . Routledge. 132- 141

Casla, K. and Valenzuela, V., (2021). Tomando el derecho a una vivienda adecuada en serio en la próxima constitución chilena: Un derecho en construcción desde cero. In: Derechos sociales y el momento constituyente de Chile: Perspectivas globales y locales para el debate constitucional. Tomo III: Los derechos económicos, sociales, culturales y ambientales. Editors: Casla, K., Contreras, V., Sepúlveda, M., Silva, V., Cisterna, P. and Delgado, V., . Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 78- 93

Casla, K., Richmond-Bishop, I., Herrington, T., Sands, D. and Patrick, R., (2020). Time to listen to people with lived experience of poverty and bring the socio-economic duty to life. In: Ending Child Poverty: Twenty Years On. UNISON. 83- 90

Casla, K., (2020). Freedom and social citizenship: Public services and social rights. In: Public Service Futures: Welfare States in the Digital Age. Editors: Harrop, A., Murray, K. and Nogarede, J., . FEPS and Fabian Society. 43- 50. 9782930769387

Casla, K., (2020). Rights and Responsibilities: Protecting and Fulfilling Economic and Social Rights in Times of Public Health Emergency. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 11- 17. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Casla, K., (2018). Realism: Human Rights Foe?. In: Realism in Practice An Appraisal. Editors: Orsi, D., Avgustin, JR. and Nurnus, M., . e-IR. 143- 155. 1910814377. 9781910814376

Casla, K., (2017). "The Future of Economic & Social Rights in the UK: Challenges, but also Opportunities". In: The Future of Human Rights in the UK. Editors: Smyth, C-M. and Lang, R., . Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 189- 206. 1527505146. 9781527505148

Casla, K., (2015). Dear fellow jurists, human rights are about politics, and that’s perfectly fine. In: Can Human Rights Bring Social Justice? Twelve Essays. Editors: Lettinga, D. and van Troost, L., . 33- 38. 9064633703. 9789064633706

Casla, K., (2012). Los derechos humanos como fuerza de movilización social. In: Nuevas Amenazas a los Derechos Humanos en India: Derechos Humanos, Género y Desarrollo. Calcuta Ondoan. 25- 34. 978-84-615-9430-6

Reports and Papers (3)

Casla, K., (2021). Making the right to housing real in Newcastle: How can Newcastle City Council implement the internationally recognised right to adequate housing to end homelessness?

Arf Rayfield, I. and Casla, K., (2021). Human Rights & Local Government: Lessons from Human Rights Cities in Europe

Casla, K., Olea-Ferreras, S., Fernández-Evangelista, G. and Aldanas, MJ., (2019). El sistema público de vivienda en el Estado español. Sin estrategia ni fundamentación en los Derechos humanos

Grants and funding


ICESCR Review in Essex County

University of Essex (IAA)


Human Rights Local

University of Essex (IAA)

+44 (0) 1206 876311


5S.7.21, Colchester Campus

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Autumn Term: Monday 3-4pm ( or email me to arrange some other time

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