Dr Par Engstrom

Lecturer in Human Rights

Par Engstrom

Email: p.engstrom@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 9714

Internal extension: 59714

Location: Office 404, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN


Dr Par Engstrom is Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas at the UCL Institute of the Americas. He is also co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN). He was previously Lecturer at the Human Rights Consortium, University of London, and has taught human rights, International Relations theories and International Security at various Oxford colleges, and at Oxford Brookes University, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and at Warwick University. He studied International Relations (DPhil) at Oxford University; Latin American politics (MSc) at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London; and Philosophy and Economics (BA) at University College London. Prior to his doctoral research Dr Engstrom worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva on issues relating to the freedom of religion or belief, and the human rights of migrants, respectively.

Research Interests

Dr Engstrom's current research interests focus on regional human rights institutions both comparatively and with a particular reference to the Inter-American Human Rights System. Further research interests include the relationship between human rights and democratization; judicialization of politics; transitional justice; the international relations of the Americas; human rights, humanitarianism, and foreign policy; theories of international relations, particularly relating to international law and institutions; and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of human rights.

To date, his country-specific research has focused primarily on Argentina, but also Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. His current research activities involve: an international collaborative research project on the Inter-American Human Rights System; Transitional Justice in Latin America; National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Torture Prevention; emerging powers and human rights, with empirical focus on Brazil; and British Academics for a Colombia Under Peace (BACUP). He also has a native’s interest in Swedish foreign policy in the area of international development assistance.


For more information on Dr Engstrom’s research including his publications, please visit his personal webpage, SSRN Author page, or Academia profile.

Current Teaching

At the Institute of the Americas Dr Engstrom currently teaches two courses on the Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice, and Challenges to Democratization, respectively. During autumn term 2013/14 he is also teaching the International Human Rights Standards and Institutions course at UCL Department of Political Science.

Dr Engstrom is happy to supervise students in any area of his research expertise. Any prospective student is welcome to email him with a short research proposal and a CV.

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