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Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute University of Deusto

The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute is an academic institution created in 1997 within the University of Deusto. The Institute develops its work through research, postgraduate teaching and dissemination activities, raising social awareness on human rights issues. The interdisciplinary research team directed by Prof. Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez has been developed around the EU funded Socrates thematic network HumanitarianNet on Humanitarian Development Studies (1996-2006) coordinated by the University of Deusto. It has the maximum excellence research label (Category A) awarded by the Government of the Basque Country. The research focuses on two priority thematic areas: human rights and cultural diversity (migration issues, integration policies, and rights of minorities and indigenous peoples) and humanitarian action, human rights and humanitarian crises (protection issues, refugees and internally displaced persons). From its establishment the IDH has actively coordinated and participated in international networks and activities for the implementation of research projects, the development of postgraduate and specific training teaching programmes (NOHA, EMA) and the dissemination and social transfer of the research done. Its publications include: monographs on human rights (15 volumes since 1999); the Cuadernos Deusto de Derechos Humanos on current issues related to human rights (65, five per year since 1998), the Yearbook of Humanitarian and Human rights (9 volumes since 2004); Monographs of the Guipuzkoa Collection (17 volumes since 2004) in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa; and the HumanitarianNet books series in Human rights and Humanitarian Action ( The IDH has been involved in numerous research projects. The funding agencies include: European Commission (FP7, FP6, FP5, COST, DG Education, EuropeAid), Council of Europe, Spanish Government, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Basque Government and private organisations.


Cristina Churruca

CRISTINA CHURRUCA is the FRAME Project Coordinator. Lecturer and researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, where she teaches International Relations, Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding. She is Director of the Joint Master´s Course in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and Coordinator of the NOHA Masters Consortium. Her main areas of research are foreign policy and humanitarian action of the European Union, human security, humanitarian intervention, protection and peace building.


Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez

DR. EDUARDO RUIZ VIEYTEZ is professor of Constitutional Law at University of Deusto (Bilbao), where he acts as dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and previously as director of the Human Rights Institute. He has been legal adviser of the Basque Ombudsman and the president of an NGO working in the promotion of human rights of immigrants in the Basque Country. He has also been a member of the Spanish Council for Integration of Migrants (a consultative body of the Spanish Government), and participated in several missions of the Council of Europe concerning minorities. His fields of research are immigration and integration law and policies, national conflicts, minority rights and the relation between human rights and religious, linguistic and cultural diversity. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Ruiz Vieytez has been a member of the board of directors of the IMISCOE network and of the board of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Basque Country).


Felipe Gómez Isa

FELIPE GÓMEZ ISA is Professor of Public International Law and researcher at the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto (Bilbao). He is National Director of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratization, EMA, organized by 41 European Universities in the framework of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC, Venice, Italy). Spanish representative to the UN Working Group for the elaboration of an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (New York, 1998 and 1999). He is Visiting Professor at Washington College of Law of American University (Washington, D.C.), at Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogotá), at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow), and at the René Cassin Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg). His publications include The Right to Development in International Law (Deusto, 1999), Privatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation(Intersentia, 2005), or “Freedom From Want from a Local Perspective: Evolution and Challenges Ahead” (Cambridge, 2011).


Cristina de la Cruz Ayuso

CRISTINA DE LA CRUZ AYUSO is researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute and professor in the Department of International Relations and Humanities at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Deusto. She is Director of the Doctorate Program in Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges. Her main research field is political philosophy with an emphasis on issues related to human rights, poverty and exclusion and feminist economics. She has worked as a guest lecturer and researcher at numerous universities in Europe and Latin America. She is also a member of several committees on Ethics. Her research topic is also related to ethics in research.


Dolores Morondo

DOLORES MORONDO is the Head Researcher at the Human Rights Institute and National Convener of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Human Rights Policies and Practice. She holds a PhD in Law (European University Institute, 2003). She has lectured in Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Human Rights at the University of Urbino (Italy). Her research and publications focus on Human Rights, anti-discrimination law, feminist legal theory, legal argumentation and legal methodology. She has worked as international expert on different European Commission projects and missions in the field of international cooperation on human rights.


Joana Abrisketa

JOANA ABRISKETA URIARTE is Professor of Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. She is Director of the Transnational Law Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Deusto and member of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute. She participated as Assistant in the International Law Commission in Geneva (2015 and 2016). Her publications are focused on International Law, Human Rights, and extraterritorial application of human rights treaties.


Beatriz Pérez de las Heras

BEATRIZ PÉREZ DE LAS HERAS is Professor of European Union Law at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). She is the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration, and since 2013 she is the Academic Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on European Union Law and International Relations. Professor Pérez de las Heras was Director of the Institute of European Studies from 1996 to 2009. She is Editor-in-chief of Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto Journal and Main Researcher of the European Integration research team. She is author of books and articles on European legal issues.


María Nagore Casas

MARÍA NAGORE CASAS is the Coordinator of the FRAME project at the University of Deusto. She is lecturer in Public International Law and researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute. After nine years working as a lawyer in private law firms, she is currently conducting her PhD on extraterritorial application of human rights treaties and refugee protection. Master Degrees in Humanitarian Action and Business Law, her main areas of research are the territorial scope of human rights, jurisdiction in International Law, Refugee Law and business and human rights.


Ester Muñoz

ESTER MUÑOZ is researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute. Degree in Arabic Studies, Master in International Relations and PhD student in Human Rights: Ethic, Social and Political Challenges. She is currently working on her thesis ‘Transitional justice and economic and social rights: The role of local and external actors in Tunisia’ as part of a pre doctoral grant program of the University of Deusto. Her research interests include international political economy, human rights and the MENA region.