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

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Identity Claims and Cultural Diversity

Indigenous peoples, linguistic minorities, and ethnic groups, among others, typically claim a wide range of group-differentiated rights or accommodations in order to protect their specific cultures, overcome a history of abuse, and attain a higher level of equality vis-à-vis the larger majority population. This course traces the main lines of these debates with a view to identifying different approaches to managing diversity and their implications for human rights, democratic governance, and political justice in transitional societies.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Masters

We are a leading education institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Executive Education

We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

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Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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UNMISS Peacekeepers News

New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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Afghanistan

28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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