Dr Karen Da Costa BA, LLM, MA, Ph.D
| Dr. Karen da Costa is a Brazilian lawyer with a Ph.D. (2011) in International Studies (Specialisation in International Law) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva. She also holds a European Masters (2003) in International Humanitarian Assistance, Network on Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) from the Ruhr-University of Bochum and an L.LM. (2002) in German Law from the Ludwig-Maximilans University (Munich).
She is currently University Fellow (Teaching & Research) in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Roehampton (London). Her previous work experience includes positions as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, Legal Consultant for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, and Legal Officer at the Brazilian Federal Prosecutorial Office. Her book ’The Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties’ has been published in 2013 by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Series.
Project: Tempus Developing Service Learning at the Heart of Higher Education in the Western Balkans (HEART) ( 517319)
Start/End Dates: 15-JAN-11 / 15-OCT-14
Project: Disaster Bioethics ( COST Action IS1201)
Start/End Dates: 01-JAN-12 / 01-JAN-16
|Da Costa, Karen (2013) The Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties. Leiden/Boston: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. [Details]|
|Del’Olmo, F. and Amorim Araújo, L. (eds) (2006) 'Recent posicionamento da Corte Internacional de Justiça em questões envolvendo jus ad bellum. Observações sobre a decisão de 19 de dezembro de 2005 no caso Atividades armadas no território do Congo - República Democrática do Congo versus Uganda' In: Del’Olmo, F. and Amorim Araújo, L. (eds) (eds). Direito de Família Contemporâneo e Novos Direitos. Rio de Janeiro: Ed. Forense. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Karen da Costa (2013) 'Book Review Marko Milanovic, Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties: Law, Principles, and Policy'. Human Rights Law Review, 12 (4). [DOI] [Details]|
|Karen da Costa (2011) 'Book Review Gondek, M., The Reach of Human Rights in a Globalising World: Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties'. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, (2nd). [Details]|
|Da Costa, Karen; Pospieszna, Paulina (2014) Finding the Missing Thread: the Inclusion of a Human Rights-based Approach in Tackling Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction 5th Global Risk Forum 2014 [Details]|
|Da Costa, Karen (2014) Can the observance of human rights of individuals enhance their resilience to cope with natural disasters? 4th International Conference on Building Resilience [Details]|
|Da Costa, Karen; Pospieszna, Paulina (2014) Reducing the risk of natural disasters: is there a role for human rights to play? Disaster Justice [Details]|
|Da Costa, Karen; Pospieszna, Paulina (2014) FINDING THE MISSING THREAD: THE INCLUSION OF A HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH IN TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION, ADAPTATION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Research Paper [Details]|
|International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2013) The Law and Regulation for the Reduction of Risk in Natural Disasters in Madagascar: A National Law Desk Survey. Consultancy [Details]|
|International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2013) Madagascar Case Study: How Law and Regulations Support Disaster Risk Reduction. Consultancy [Details]|
|International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2011) The legal framework for volunteering in emergencies. Consultancy [Details]|
|International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2011) Brazil Disaster Risk Reduction Legislation Case Study Report. Consultancy [Details]|
|Karen da Costa (2010) Book review of Gibney, M. and Skogly, S. (eds.), Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations. H-Human-Rights, H-Net Reviews: Book Review [Details]|
|Karen da Costa (2009) Book review of Schiff, Benjamin N., Building the International Criminal Court. H-Human-Rights, H-Net Reviews: Book Review [Details]|
|Karen da Costa (2003) The Right to Food and its Justiciability under Brazilian Law. Unpublished work [Details]|
|Karen da Costa (2002) NGOs’ participation in the UN system and the legal framework applicable to humanitarian NGOs, with reference to the case of East Timor. Unpublished work [Details]|
Published letter in journal
|Da Costa, K (2013) Leitor/Reader. VEJA: Published letter in journal [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2014.
Title: Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan
|Da Costa, Karen (2014) Presentation during panel on the role of human rights in the education system. Individual paper entitled: 'Connecting the dots: Finding the link between human rights and education'. [Invited Oral Presentation], 3rd EU-Brazil Civil Society Human Rights Seminar: Human Rights Education and Sport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , 03-APR-14 - 03-APR-14.|
|Da Costa, Karen and Pospieszna, Paulina (2014) Workshop co-organised by the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, in the framework of its interdisciplinary research project “Changing Disasters”, and the EU-COST Disaster Bioethics - EU funded research network aiming to foster multidisciplinary collaboration on developing clear standards to be used in the context of especially natural disasters. [Conference Paper], Disaster Justice, Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen , 27-FEB-14 - 28-FEB-14.|
|Da Costa, Karen (2014) Lecture open for students, faculty members and outside visitors. [Invited Lecture], Reducing the risk of natural disasters while taking into account human rights, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland , 21-JAN-14 - 21-JAN-14.|
|Da Costa, Karen (2013) COST Disaster Bioethics meeting. [Other], Veterans’ voices: learning from the experience of disaster relief teams and home-front coping in Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel , 15-OCT-13 - 17-OCT-13.|
|Da Costa, Karen (2013) Workshop within the HEART Project. [Workshop chair], International Human Rights Law and the Protection of Human Rights at the International Level, FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF PRISHTINA/Kosovo , 20-NOV-13 - 20-NOV-13.|
|Da Costa, Karen (2013) Lecture for visiting undergraduate students from the Washington Law School (Seattle, USA). [Invited Lecture], The United Nations and its institutions, Irish Centre for Human Rights , 26-AUG-13 - 26-AUG-13.|
|Karen da Costa (2013) Lecture to staff, Phd candidates, LLM and undergraduate students. [Invited Lecture], ‘How far should states’ obligations apply? Extraterritorial application of human rights treaties in theory and practice’, Bangor University, School of Law , 30-APR-13 - 30-APR-13.|
|Karen da Costa (2013) Lecture to post-graduate students on social sciences: general introduction to international human rights law. [Invited Lecture], I Ciclo de Debates Sociedade em Movimento - 2013: Os Direitos Humanos em uma Perspectiva Internacional, PUCRS - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre , 17-APR-13 - 17-APR-13.|
|Karen da Costa (2013) The Election of Brazil for the UN Human Rights Council - Opportunities and Challenges. [Invited Lecture], A Eleição do Brasil para o Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU - Oportunidades e Desafios, UNISINOS - Universidade Luterana do Brasil - Campus Porto Alegre , 17-APR-13 - 17-APR-13.|
|Karen da Costa (2013) Human Rights: an international perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], Direitos Humanos: uma perspectiva internacional, Tribunal de Justiça do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre , 16-APR-13 - 16-APR-13.|
|Karen da Costa (2012) Recent developments regarding the discussion on the application of human rights treaties beyond national borders. [Invited Oral Presentation], Spring Semester Seminar Series, Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton, London, UK, University of Roehampton, London, UK , 01-MAR-12 - 01-MAR-12.|
|Karen da Costa (2011) The extraterritorial application of human rights treaties. [Invited Lecture], Lecture to postgraduate students in international politics. Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil , 04-APR-11 - 04-APR-11.|
|Karen da Costa (2011) Presentation on the Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties. [Oral Presentation], Spring Semester Seminar Series, Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton, London, UK, London, UK , 24-JAN-11 - 24-JAN-11.|
|Karen da Costa (2008) Joint presentations by ICC Legal Tools partners. [Oral Presentation], 7th Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, The Hague/The Netherlands , 10-NOV-08 - 10-NOV-08.|
|Karen da Costa (2008) Human rights components of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, with focus on the UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (ONUCI). [Invited Lecture], Lecture to undergraduate students attending the international law course, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil , 02-APR-08 - 04-FEB-08.|
Attendance in meetings organised in the framework of the TEMPUS HEART Project (Developing Human Rights Education at the Heart of Higher Education):
- 10-14 May 2013: Meeting in Sarajevo and Zenica (Bosnia & Herzegovina). Presentations by Civil Society and university representatives on Human Rights practice and education. Sessions on the SEDA Programme - An Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
- 22-26 September 2013: Serbia meeting. Representatives of universities of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania and Kosovo met with EU partner universities of Gothenburg, Mannheim, Roehampton/UK (project leader) and NUIG. Meetings were held in different universities, located in Belgrade, Kragujevac/Jagodina and Novi Sad. The project document ‘Best Practice Guide for Human Rights Education in Universities in the Western Balkans’ was launched.
- 22-25 May 2014: Steering committee in Prishtina, Kosovo. Preparations for the final conference to take place in September 2014 in Tirana, Albania.
25 April 2013: Book launch at the Irish Centre for Human Rights of Dr. Karen da Costa’s publication: “The Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties”, published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Series.
|Association: Member of the Brazilian Bar/Lawyer's Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil), Function/Role: Lawyer|
|International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Natural Disaster Law, International Comparative Law|
|2013 New England Law-Boston/ICHR-NUIG Co-taught with Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui : Interaction between international human rights and Islam (postgraduate module)|
|2013-2014 1HR102-1HR103 BA Connect with Human Rights - Semester 2: Introduction to International Human Rights|
|2013-2014 HR305 3BHR1 BA Connect with Human Rights: Professional Development|
|2012-2013 1HR102 - 1HR103 BA Connect with Human Rights - Semester 2: Introduction to International Human Rights|
|2012-2013 HR305 3BHR1 - BA Connect with Human Rights: Professional Development|
I have internally collaborated with Dr. Ekaterina Yahaoui, with whom I worked as part-time research assistant from 01.05.2013 to 31.01.2014, on the project aimed to investigating the role of human rights in the case law especially of the International Court of Justice.
I have research collaboration with Dr. Paulina Pospieszna, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland. Dr. Pospieszna is also a General Member in the EU-COST Action on Disaster Bioethics.
I have research collaboration also with Dr. Peter Johansson, who is a member of the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Johansson is academic partner in the EU Tempus HEART Project (Higher Education Action for Human Rights Teaching).