Paulina Jimenez Fregoso

Postgraduate Research Student
Human Rights Centre
 Paulina Jimenez Fregoso


Ask me about
  • Intersectionality
  • Feminism
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Inter-American System of Human Rights
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Vulnerable Groups
  • Enforced Disappearances


Paulina Jimenez is a PhD student at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. Paulina holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex (2014-2015). She is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California where she obtained her degree in Law in 2013. Before coming to Essex, Paulina work as a criminal lawyer in Tijuana, Mexico. During her LLB she worked at the Attorney General's Office, Special Unit against Human Trafficking and Victim's Assistance in Tijuana were she interviewed and gave legal advice to victims of sexual abuse, armed robbery and human trafficking. She also contributed with the General Attorney┬┤s Office for Human Rights in Baja California as Legal Assistant. Particularly, she worked in the Identity Program in which immigrants and recently deported individuals would be given legal assistance to obtain their identification documents. Before starting her LLM, Paulina worked with the Office of the Public Defender of the State of Baja California in their criminal law division. Paulina has been an intern at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights where she contributed in the drafting of judgments against Colombia and Peru. Additionally she was an intern at the Center for Justice and International Law having the opportunity to help with the litigation of cases before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Before starting her PhD she spent a brief time at the Corporaci├│n Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad (DeJusticia) researching on the economic aspects of Transitional Process in Post-conflict countries.


  • LLB in Law Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (2013)

  • LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law University of Essex (2015)

Research and professional activities


Intersectionality as a methodology to adjudicate Human Rights

This research proposes that, to effectively protect the rights of individuals who have suffered human rights violations, a change in the way in which international and national courts cope with the adjudication of rights is needed. By using the intersectionality theory that emerged from the black feminist movement and narrative analysis as tool from the social sciences, this research aims to demonstrate firstly, how intersectionality can contribute to uncovering hidden and sensitive narratives r

Supervisor: Clara Sandoval Villalba , Patricia Palacios Zuluaga

Research interests



Transitional Justice


Armed Conflict

Criminal Law



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