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Daniela Méndez Royo

PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Daniela is a Chilean lawyer and researcher who joined the University in October 2014, fully funded by the CONICYT Bicentennial Becas-Chile Scholarship. Her research is supervised by professors Nigel White and Sandesh Sivakumaran, and involves the incorporation of socio-economic rights to transitional justice processes, from a Latin American perspective. She is a qualified lawyer who received her Degree in Bachelor of Legal Sciences from the University of Talca (Chile) and her LLM in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham. Daniela has developed a career as a researcher and lecturer in the areas of Public International Law and Human Rights at the University Santo Tomas, University Viña del Mar, University Andres Bello and University of Talca, in Chile.

Expertise Summary

Work Experience: Lecturer of Public International Law and Legal Research Methodology at the Universidad Santo Tomás, Viña del Mar, Chile (Since October 2012). Lecturer of Public International Law and International Human Rights System and Coordinator of the Graduation Process at the Universidad Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile (March 2012 to September 2014). Lecturer of Public International Law at the Universidad Andrés Bello, Viña del Mar, Chile (March 2013 to August 2014). Lecturer of Public International Law, Legal Research Methodology and Methods for Self- Sufficient Learning in Law at the Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile (March to July 2012). Research Assistant at the Centre for Legal Research at Central University, Santiago, Chile (September 2009 to September 2010).

Education: LLM in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham (2011), fully founded by CONICYT Bicentennial Becas-Chile Scholarship. Bachelor in Legal Sciences from the University of Talca, Chile.

Current Funds: CONICYT Bicentennial Becas-Chile Scholarship.

Membership: Latin American Society of International Law.

Recent Conferences and Workshops: Presentation Paper "Transitional Justice and Socio-Economic Rights: The role of the Inter-American System of Human Rights" in Knowledge Exchange Symposium: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Sustaining Peace: Developing New Insights into Peace building, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom (05-06 July 2017). Presentation Paper "One Right to Property to Fit Them All? Acknowledging Cultural Differences in the Judicial Interpretation by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights" in Colloquium Nanterre Network, Law and Interculturalism/ Law and Cultural Conflicts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal (08-10 June 2017). Presentation Paper "Transitional Justice and Socio-Economic Rights in Latin America" in Human Rights Research Students' Conference, organized by the University of Essex and the University of London, Essex, United Kingdom (06 July 2016). Breakout Group and Five Minute Postgraduate Research Presentation "The influence of Principles of International Law in Transitional Justice Processes in Latin America" in Postgraduate Conference 2016: The role of International Law in Post-Conflict and Post-Colonial Societies, Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom (24 June 2016). Presentation Poster "Transitional Justice and Socio-Economic Rights: A Latin American Perspective" in Inaugural Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights: International Law and Human Rights in Crisis? University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (14 June 2016). Presentation Paper "Transitional Justice, Socio-Economic Rights and inequalities in Latin America" in Ideas and Transformations in the Americas, The UCL Americas Research Network, 2nd Annual Conference, University College London, Institute of the Americas, London, United Kingdom (29 Apr. 2016). Workshop "Dealing with Land Destitution and Structural Inequalities in Transitions", Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia (25-28 February). Presentation Paper "El rol de las Naciones Unidas como promotor del Estado de Derecho: Análisis de los acuerdos y compromisos hechos en la última reunión sobre Estado de Derecho en las Naciones Unidas" in VI Regional Public Law Conference, Universidad Andrés Bello, Viña del Mar, Chile (22 Nov. 2013). Presentation Paper "Supremacía de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas v/s la Supremacía del Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos: implementación de las sanciones individuales establecidas por el Consejo de Seguridad" in Conference The dialogue between jurisdictions, the Development of Public Law and a new way of thinking, Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile (23 Oct. 2013).

Research Summary

My current research involves the areas of Transitional Justice and Socio-Economic Rights, from a Latin American perspective.

I got interested in this area of research because historically, transitional justice has been referred as a set of mechanisms used to address and amend the legacy of gross violations of civil and political rights. However, in the last decade, some scholars and practitioners have pointed out the necessity to include an economic and social rights perspective in transitional justice, to accomplish the purposes pursue by these processes. This is an area of research that is just emerging, and there is not enough development in the analysis of the potential, challenges or best ways to address economic and social rights through transitional justice. Moreover, there are not many cases where transitional justice mechanisms have taken this approach.

In this context, Latin America plays an important role, existing some cases of inclusion of a socio-economic rights perspective in the work of transitional justice mechanisms. Having this in consideration, and taking a doctrinal approach in context, the purpose of my current research is to explore these examples in Latin America; and then, critically analyse the way in which the economic and social rights dimension of transitional justice is developed, considering the normative framework of transitional justice and the nature of socio-economic rights obligations.

Recent Publications

  • DANIELA MÉNDEZ ROYO, 2017. Evelyne Schmidt. Taking economic, social and cultural rights seriously in international criminal law Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 359 pp Revista de Estudios Constitucionales de Chile. 15(1), 435-440
  • MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2015. La inclusión de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en los procesos de Justicia de Transición Revista de Ciencias Sociales: Sobre los Derechos Sociales, Volumen Monográfico Extraordinario. 295-318
  • DANIELA MÉNDEZ ROYO, 2015. La posibilidad de revisión de las fuentes y órganos internacionales de producción del derecho: el caso de las resoluciones del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas. In: NÚÑEZ POBLETE, M., ed., La internacionalización del Derecho Público: Actas XLII Jornadas Chilenas de Derecho Público Thomsom Reuters. 189-204
  • CALDERÓN ESCARATE, B. and MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2013. La Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental a la luz del derecho comparado latinoamericano y los estándares de la Corte Internacional de Justicia y la Corte Europea de Derechos Humanos. In: AGUILAR CAVALLO, G., ed., Evaluación medioambiental, participación y protección del medioambiente Librotecnia. 209-266
  • DANIELA MÉNDEZ ROYO, 2017. Evelyne Schmidt. Taking economic, social and cultural rights seriously in international criminal law Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 359 pp Revista de Estudios Constitucionales de Chile. 15(1), 435-440
  • MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2015. La inclusión de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en los procesos de Justicia de Transición Revista de Ciencias Sociales: Sobre los Derechos Sociales, Volumen Monográfico Extraordinario. 295-318
  • DANIELA MÉNDEZ ROYO, 2015. La posibilidad de revisión de las fuentes y órganos internacionales de producción del derecho: el caso de las resoluciones del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas. In: NÚÑEZ POBLETE, M., ed., La internacionalización del Derecho Público: Actas XLII Jornadas Chilenas de Derecho Público Thomsom Reuters. 189-204
  • CALDERÓN ESCARATE, B. and MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2013. La Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental a la luz del derecho comparado latinoamericano y los estándares de la Corte Internacional de Justicia y la Corte Europea de Derechos Humanos. In: AGUILAR CAVALLO, G., ed., Evaluación medioambiental, participación y protección del medioambiente Librotecnia. 209-266
  • MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2013. Highest Courts and Globalization. Muller, Sam; Richards, Sidney (eds.), Hague Academic Press, La Haya, 2010, 198 pp Revista de Estudios Constitucionales de Chile. 11(1), 661-666
  • MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2012. Sistemas de protección internacional de los derechos fundamentales: ¿Son los sistemas regionales más efectivos en la protección de los derechos humanos que los órganos establecidos por las Naciones Unidas? Derechos Fundamentales. 7, 29-57
  • MÉNDEZ ROYO, D., 2012. El derecho a un nivel adecuado de vida. In: AGUILAR CAVALLO, G., ed., Los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales en el orden constitucional chileno Libromar. 295-323

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