My research and teaching interests lie at the boundaries of global governance, international organisations, and the transnational politics of human rights implementation. I have a particular interest in questions of authority and control within international organisations and innovative modes of multi-level or global governance. Current research is focused on global governance architecture, with particular reference to the international and global human rights machinery as well as the role of third party intermediaries in the transmission and implementation of international standards.
I specialise in the study of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) with a particular interest in their ability to promote and protect human rights as well as enhance political accountability in fragile and established democratic settings. I was the National Human Rights Institution Fellow at Harvard University Law School Human Rights Program from 2008 until 2009.
Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in Political Science (International Relations) at Trinity College Dublin, as well as Director of the Policy Institute. I have held research fellowships at New York University and Harvard University Law Schools where I worked alongside Ryan Goodman. I completed my DPhil in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford under the supervision of Laurence Whitehead.
I attended Aberystwyth University and McGill University as an undergraduate where I received a BSc (Econ) in International Politics with Law. I hold an MPhil in Latin American Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. I have also worked at the International Law and Organizations Program at the London Secretariat of Amnesty International and for a Peruvian non-governmental organisation.
Department of Political Science
School of Public Policy
University College London
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London WC1H 9QU