Luis Felipe Yanes

Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
 Luis Felipe Yanes



Luis Felipe Yanes is a PhD candidate at the School of Law's Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex and the Legal Policy Development Officer of the Scottish Human Rights Commission In his capacity as Legal Policy Development Officer, Luis provides legal policy advise to the Scottish Human Rights Commission on issues related to economic, social and cultural rights, business and human rights and leads the Commission's work in straightening human rights laws in Scotland, particularly with the incorporation of international human rights treaties into Scots Law. Before joining Essex, Luis was a former Human Rights Specialist of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at the Organization of American States. Between 2013 and 2016, Luis held several positions at the IACHR, having been the senior lawyer of the Protection Group, in charge of the Commissions precautionary measures mechanism. During his time at the Commission, Luis supported the work of the former Unit on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights with precautionary measures related to the right to health, adequate food, water, shelter, culture and education. Between 2017 and 2018, Luis was a Research Fellow of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, providing specialised research on the regulatory framework and the enjoyment of human rights in regional contexts. Luis is also a core member of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, through which he has provided expert advice to international organisations, members of civil society, business representatives and government officials. For the last fourteen years, he has worked in the field of economic, social and cultural rights, business and human rights, as well as with issues of indigenous and tribal peoples in Latin-America, Africa and Europe, both in practice with several NGOs as well as in academic research. Luis Felipe studied Law at the Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela) with a diploma in International Public Law at the same University. He later pursued an LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the University of Essex. RECENT PUBLICATIONS: - Luis Felipe Yanes, Essex Human Rights Centre Blog, A transformative human rights future for Scotland (2021) - Sheldon Leader and Luis Felipe Yanes, Levers For and Obstacles To Social Change: Bank Lending, the Law and the Equator Principles in Promoting Social Change in International Law: Exploring Hard and Soft Law Choices, edited by Daniel Bradlow & David Hunter, Brill (2019) - Chiara Macchi, Tara Van Ho, Luis Felipe Yanes, Investor Obligations in Occupied Territories: A Report on the Norwegian Global Pension Fund Global (2019) - Luis Felipe Yanes, Opinio Juris, A Business and Human Rights Treaty: The Risks of Human Rights Counter-Diplomacy (August 2018) - Luis Felipe Yanes, SLSA Blog, Deconstructing the meaning of Art: a thing or a right? (May 2018) - Luis Felipe Yanes, Essex Human Rights Centre Blog, Crossing the Niagara Falls on a Bicycle? The enduring hospital crisis in Latin America (January 2018) SELECTED CONFERECES AND PRESENTATIONS: - First Latin-American Conference on Business and Human Rights (Bogota, May 2019). Paper presented: The [future] role of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Investment Arbitration. - SLSA Annual Conference (March 2018). Papers presented: The Human Right to Art: The Enjoyment of Artistic Expressions (Art, Culture and Law Stream) -University of Liverpool Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights (March 2018). Paper presented: Investing in Social Rights: Framing the Legitimate expectations of Investors. - University of Glasgow, Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advance Study of the University of London, University of Essex,: Human Rights Research Students Conference (July 2017). Paper presented: Improving International Investment Agreements through the lens of the Declaration on the Right to Development: Participation, Equity and Non-Discrimination. - George Washington University: Presentation to Diplomats of CARICOM (May 2016) The past, present and future of the precautionary measures mechanisms of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Research and professional activities


Privatising Social Rights: Framing the Legitimate Expectations of Foreign Investors

Supervisor: Professor Sabine Michalowski , and Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

Research interests

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Business and Human Rights

Human Rights and Development

International Investment Law

The Inter-American System of Human Rights

Legal Theory



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