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Karen Da Costa

SENIOR LECTURER

School of Global
Studies
Telephone
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Room number
E615a
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Karen Da Costa

Karen holds a PhD (2011) in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva. She also holds the European Master (2003) in International Humanitarian Assistance, Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) from the Ruhr-University of Bochum and an LLM (2002) in German Law from the Ludwig-Maximilans University (Munich). She completed her undergraduate studies in law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2000). Her research interests relate to international human rights law, including the impact of disasters on the enjoyment of human rights.

Prior to joining the School of Global Studies/University of Gothenburg, Karen worked as Research Associate in International Law, at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, in the ‘Human Rights Beyond Borders’ project, funded by the European Research Council. Her previous work experience includes positions as University Fellow (Teaching & Research) in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway; Legal Consultant for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. The book ‘The Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties’ was based on her PhD thesis and has been published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers in the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Series.

Areas of research interest Global Studies, International Human Rights Law, International Disaster Law, Public International Law, International Comparative Law.

Current research My current research focuses on the impact of disasters on the enjoyment of rights.

Teaching and tutoring National Convener for Sweden on the Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice (Erasmus Mundus). Lecturing and coordinating modules in the Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice (Erasmus Mundus), the Swedish Master's programme on Human Rights, the Master's Programme in Global Health and the Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights.