Neus Torbisco-Casals

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Visiting Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Areas of expertise

Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights  /  Gender  /  Theories of Justice  /  Foundations of Human Rights  /  Right to Self-Determination  /  Cultural Claims  /  Law and Equality Policies

Neus Torbisco-Casals is Visiting Professor at the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where she teaches courses relating to human rights, international law and political justice. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and Associate Professor of Law at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Her primary research areas are human rights, minority rights and theories of justice, anti-discrimination law and policy, gender equality and cultural diversity. More recently, she has also conducted research on international courts and diversity, on trust and democratic theory and on indigenous claims and the politics of self-determination. She has published several articles and chapters on these topics and has presented papers at conferences in Europe, and North and South America.

After completing her Law degree at the University of Barcelona, she received a scholarship to develop her doctoral project, on the justification of group rights, in Canada, where she was mainly affiliated with Queen’s University. During this time, she also completed an internship at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2000, she was awarded a doctorate in Law from Pompeu Fabra University. Since then, she has held teaching and research positions at, among others, Queen’s University, the University of Puerto Rico and New York University School of Law, where she was a Hauser Research Fellow (2003–2004). From 2007 to 2009, she held a research position at the Law Department of the London School of Economics, and in 2012 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Taught Courses

Colombia, Medellín, Bellavista prison. The ICRC frequently visits the prisons of the country. Prison overcrowding is one of the main issues. LLM - Course

International Human Rights Law

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the main topics of international human rights law and its relationship with international humanitarian law.

Read More >
Peru,  Huancasancos. Vigil and burial ceremonies for the victims of the conflict whose remains were finally restituted to their families after 30 years of disappearance. Master in transitional justice - Course

Cultural Diversity, Identity Claims and Human Rights in Transitional Societies

Applying an intersectional analysis, the course aims at acknowledging the complexity of the experiences of injustice and discrimination that continue to damage inter-group relations, thus posing a significant threat to the success of political and social reforms. A practical and comparative focus will be provided through class discussions on specific cases from a variety of contexts. The readings consist of materials drawn from several disciplines, including legal and political theory, human rights law, social philosophy and gender and cultural studies.

Read More >

Publications

Cover of Group Rights as Human Rights: A Liberal Approach to Multiculturalism

Group Rights as Human Rights: A Liberal Approach to Multiculturalism

July 2017

Neus Torbisco-Casals

Springer

View More >

Cover of Why Fighting Structural Inequalities Requires Institutionalizing Difference: A Response to Nienke Grossman

Why Fighting Structural Inequalities Requires Institutionalizing Difference: A Response to Nienke Grossman

September 2016

Neus Torbisco-Casals

AJIL Unbound

View More >

Cover of Beyond Altruism? Globalising Democracy in the Age of Distrust

Beyond Altruism? Globalising Democracy in the Age of Distrust

June 2015

Neus Torbisco-Casals

The Monist

View More >

Cover of The Law & Ethics of Human Rights. Volume 10, Issue 2

Multiculturalism, Identity Claims, and Human Rights: From Politics to Courts

December -0001

Neus Torbisco-Casals, Editor-in-Chief: Stopler Gila

The Law & Ethics of Human Rights. Volume 10, Issue 2

View More >