Luis Yanes De Dominicis

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Luis Yanes De Dominicis



Luis Felipe Yanes is a PhD candidate at the School of Law's Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex and a core member of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. Luis is 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 specialized research on the regulatory framework and the enjoyment of human rights in regional contexts. As core member of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, Luis leads a project on creating methodological tools for businesses and corporate investors to be able to detect predictable human rights violations, as part of their human rights due diligence. He also provides expert advice to international organizations, members of civil society, business representatives and government officials. For the last ten 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, both in practice with several NGOs in Latin-America and in his 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. TEACHING: - Jurisprudence (LW301) - The Inter-American System of Human Rights (LW920) RECENT PUBLICATIONS: - Opinio Juris, A Business and Human Rights Treaty: The Risks of Human Rights Counter-Diplomacy (August 2018) - SLSA Blog, Deconstructing the meaning of Art: a thing or a right? (May 2018) - 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: - 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


Investing in Social Rights: Framing the Legitimate Expectations of 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

Particular interest in the role of the System in the advancement of economic, social and cultural rights in the Americas. The role of its preventative mechanism - precautionary and provisional measures - is of particular interest, specially when related to the possibility of tackling structural or systematic problems related to health, education, and malnutrition. As well, the System's approach to the obligations of state members in regards to business enterprises.

Legal Theory



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