Clara Burbano Herrera

Faculty of Law and Criminology
Department of European, Public and International Law
Expertise: Human Rights

Clara Burbano Herrera is a Professor of International Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law & Criminology (2019–present) and a Guest Professor at the University of Geneva (2017–present) and the University of Pretoria (2015–present). Before that, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University (2010-2014, 2016-2017), and a Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Los Andes, Colombia (2001–2004). Clara has been teaching at Harvard University (2015) and the University of Malta (2007-2008).

Besides, Clara has been a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (2014–2016), a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (in 2016, 2017 and 2020), the American University Washington College of Law (2010), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2010-2011), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2008-2009) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (2011).

Clara holds a PhD from Ghent University (2009), a Postgraduate Degree on Constitutional Law from the National University of Colombia (2004), an LLM in Fundamental Rights from the University Carlos III of Madrid (2003) and a Master of Law from the University of Los Andes (2001).

Dr Burbano Herrera has broad research interests in international human rights law, constitutional law and comparative human rights systems, with a geographical focus on Latin America, Africa and Europe. She has expertise on sexual and reproductive health rights, rights of detainees, human rights defenders, and urgent measures before international human rights adjudicators.

With her research Clara has been awarded the Dutch Prince Bernhard Price for Innovative Research (2008).

Clara is Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal and co-founder and executive member of the Inter-American Human Rights Network.