UCL Institute of the Americas


Transnational Human Rights, Justice, and Repression in Latin America

30 January 2023, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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IAS Common Ground
South Wing
Gower Street

This event features Dr Anna Grimaldi and Dr Francesca Lessa speaking on transnational human rights and repression in Latin America. Dr Grimaldi will discuss Brazilians' contributions to concepts of human rights and development through transnational solidarity and exile networks during the country's military dictatorship of 1964-1985. Dr Lessa's talk examines Operation Condor in 1970s South America to derive broader insights to help sharpen our understanding of transnational repression in world politics. After the talks, they will take questions from the audience.

An event organised with kind support from the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS).

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About the Speakers

Dr Anna Grimaldi

Lecturer at Leeds University’s School of Politics and International Studies

She is an Editor at Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, Treasurer of ABRE (Associação de Brasilianistas na Europa), and member of the Radical Americas. She is also an affiliate of King’s Brazil Institute and a member of the King’s Observatorium on Democracy in Latin America (KODLA).She is publishing a book titled Brazil and the Transnational Human Rights Movement 1964-1985 (Anthem, 2022), which looks at how Brazilian concepts, ideas, and practices shaped the global human rights movement of the 1970s. Her research also examines the related topics of liberation theology, pedagogy of the oppressed, and indigenous rights. 

Dr Francesca Lessa

Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Development at Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

Her research specialises in human rights in Latin America, focusing on accountability for past and present instances of human rights violations and the politics behind these processes, which encompass state, regional, and international actors as well as civil society activists. Lessa has published extensively on these topics and others relating to impunity and memory in Latin America, in top-journals including Human Rights Quarterly and The Journal of Latin American Studies. Her first book, Memory and Transitional Justice in Argentina and Uruguay: Against Impunity was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Latin American Studies Association “Best Recent History and Memory Book Contest.” Her most recent book is The Condor Trials: Transnational Repression and Human Rights in South America (Yale University Press, 2022). 

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