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Judith Bueno De Mesquita

Lecturer
School of Law
 Judith Bueno De Mesquita
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    4SB.5.18, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Judith Bueno de Mesquita is a Lecturer and Co-Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. An inter-disciplinary scholar who has been working at the intersection of international human rights law and global public health for two decades, her current research focuses on COVID-19 and human rights and climate change, health and rights. Her research activities and publications also cover: global and national health human rights institutions' promotion and protection of the right to health; sexual and reproductive health; mental health; and the human rights implications of privatisation of health systems. Judith has worked extensively with leading global and national institutions to advance human rights in the field of public health worldwide. In 2021, Judith has been working as a consultant with the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response. In 2020, she submitted evidence to the UK Joint-Committee on Human Rights on the UK COVID-19 response. She provided research assistance to Dainius Puras several times during his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health (2014-20). In 2016 she worked with UNFPA Kosovo and the Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo, and in 2014 with UNFPA Azerbaijan and the Commissioner for Human Rights Azerbaijan - to lead research teams from these national human rights institutions to carry out the first national assessments of sexual and reproductive health and rights in these countries. She has worked extensively as a consultant with WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (2015, and 2009-11). In 2002-08, she worked as the Senior Research Officer to the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Paul Hunt. She has also worked as a consultant and other similar capacities for OHCHR, UNICEF, DFID, Medact and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. In 2018-20, Judith was Co-Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN UKI). From 2015-2019, she was Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic. Her work with the Clinic, carried out with inspirational and dedicated students, has supported partnerships with UN institutions and NGOs on research projects focused on: criminal law and human rights in areas including abortion, sexuality, drug use and possession and sex work (International Commission of Jurists); the practice and potential of UN agencies and human rights mechanisms to act as amicus curiae (UNAIDS); privatisation of healthcare (Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Oxfam and ISER); universal health coverage and marginalised groups (UNAIDS); and health in the UPR procedure (WHO). Judith has an LLM (distinction) in International Human Rights Law from Essex University, an MA in History from the University of Cambridge, and is currently slowly studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Qualifications

  • LLM, International Human Rights Law University of Essex, (2001)

  • MA, History University of Cambridge, (1999)

Appointments

Other academic

  • Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (2015 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Health and human rights

Open to supervise

Economic, social and cultural rights

Open to supervise

Climate change

International development and human rights

Open to supervise

Poverty and human rights

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Plagues, Pandemics, and Panics (HU929)

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

  • Human Rights and Development (LW915)

Publications

Journal articles (8)

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Kapilashrami, A. and Mason, BM., (2021). Strengthening Human Rights in Global Health Law: Lessons from the COVID-19 Response. The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. 49 (2), 328-331

Pūras, D., Bueno De Mesquita, J., Cabal, L., Maleche, A. and Meier, BM., (2020). The right to health must guide responses to COVID-19. The Lancet. 395 (10241), 1888-1890

Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2019). The Universal Periodic Review: a valuable new procedure for the right to health?. Health and Human Rights. 21 (2), 263-277

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Thomas, R., Gauter, C., Havkwist, A., Hoddy, R., Larasati, A., Legrand Gjerdset, I., Perrone, G., Sadiq, T. and Smith, R., (2018). Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals Through Human Rights Accountability Reviews. World Health Bulletin. 96 (9), 627-633

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Sander, G. and Hunt, P., (2016). Rehabilitation and the Right to Health in Times of Transition. International Human Rights Law Review. 5 (2), 169-193

Bueno De Mesquita, J. and Kismödi, E., (2012). Maternal mortality and human rights: landmark decision by United Nations human rights body. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 90 (2), 79-79A

Kismödi, E., Bueno De Mesquita, J., Ibañez, XA., Khosla, R. and Sepúlveda, L., (2012). Human rights accountability for maternal death and failure to provide safe, legal abortion: the significance of two ground-breaking CEDAW decisions.. Reproductive Health Matters. 20 (39), 31-39

Hunt, P. and Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2006). Mental Disability and the Human Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health. Human Rights Quarterly. 28 (2), 332-356

Book chapters (13)

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Meier, BM. and Fisseha, S., The Development and Implementation of Human Rights Law in WHO Governance. In: Elgar Companion to the Law and Practice of the World Health Organisation. Editors: McArdle, S. and Switzer, S., . ELGAR

Mason Meier, B., Hufstetler, H. and Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2020). Monitoring Public Health to Assess Human Rights. In: Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights. Editors: Gostin, L. and Mason Meier, B., . Oxford University Press

Bueno De Mesquita, J. and Michalowski, S., (2020). The Right to Health: A Discussion. 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. 83- 84. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bueno De Mesquita, J. and Mason Meier, B., (2020). Moving Towards Global Solidarity for Global Health through Multilateral Governance in the Covid-19 Response. 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. 31- 39. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2020). Covid-19: An Inconvenient Truth? Re-evaluating Progress and Confronting Challenges for the Right to Health. 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. 85- 92. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Fuchs, C. and Evans, D., (2018). The Future of Human Rights Accountability for Global Health under the Universal Periodic Review. In: Human Rights in Global Health. Editors: Mason Meier, B. and Gostin, LO., . Oxford University Press. 537- 556. 9780190672676

Hunt, P., Backman, G., Bueno De Mesquita, J., Finer, L., Khosla, R., Korljan, D. and Oldring, L., (2015). The right to the highest attainable standard of health. In: Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6th edition). Editors: Detels, R., Guilford, M., Karim, QA. and Tan, CC., . Oxford University Press. 277- 292. 9780199661756

Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2014). Maternal mortality and human rights: from theory to practice. In: Law and Global Health Current Legal Issues. Editors: Freeman, M., Hawkes, S. and Bennett, B., . Oxford University Press. 223- 243. 0199688990. 9780199688999

Hunt, P., Bueno De Mesquita, J., Lee, J-Y. and Way, SA., (2013). Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In: Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law. Editors: Rodley, N. and Sheeran, S., . Routledge. 545- 562. 9780415620734

Backman, G. and Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2012). The Right to Health. In: Mental Health and Human Rights Vision, Praxis, and Courage. Editors: Dudley, M., Silove, D. and Gale, F., . Oxford University Press. 578- 584. 0199213968. 9780199213962

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Hunt, P. and Khosla, R., (2011). The human rights responsibility of international assistance and cooperation in health. In: Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations. Editors: Gibney, M. and Skogly, S., . University of Pennsylvania Press. 104- 129. 9780812242157

Hunt, P. and Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2009). Poverty, Health and the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health. In: Partnerships for Women?s Health: Striving for Best Practice within the UN Global Compact. Editors: Timmermann, M. and Kruesmann, M., . United Nations University Press. 9789280811858

Hunt, P., Backman, G., Bueno De Mesquita, J., Finer, L., Khosla, R., Korljan, D. and Oldring, L., (2009). The right to the highest attainable standard of health. In: Oxford Textbook of Public Health (5th edition). Editors: Detels, R., Beaglehole, R., Lansang, MA. and Gulliford, M., . Oxford University Press. 9780199218707

Reports and Papers (9)

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Kryeziu, A., Lulaj Sinani, M. and Istrefi, R., (2016). Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Kosovo: A Reality Beyond the Law?

Bueno De Mesquita, J., Rumzade, R. and Bayramova, P., (2016). An Assessment of the Implementation Status of Treaty Body Recommendations on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2011). A Review of Global Accountability Mechanisms for Women's and Children's Health

Hunt, P. and Bueno De Mesquita, J., (2009). International Assistance and Cooperation in Sexual and Reproductive Health: a Human Rights Responsibility for Donors

Grants and funding

2021

Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Human Rights Impacts of COVID-19

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Contact

jrbuen@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874117

Location:

4SB.5.18, Colchester Campus