Dr Par Engstrom

Senior Lecturer in Human Rights


Dr Par Engstrom is Senior 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:

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Current Teaching

Dr Engstrom is happy to supervise students in any area of his research expertise. Prospective students are welcome to email him with a short research proposal (4 or 5 pages) and a CV.

Current PhD research projects supervised:

  • Sebastian Smart, [provisional title] "Business and Human Rights: A comparative study of indigenous and rural communities’ responses to human rights abuses by extractive industries in Latin America" (primary supervisor, starting October 2014)
  • Robbie Macrory, "A Debt to Democracy?  Media Regulation and Reform in Argentina and the Southern Cone" (with Prof Kevin Middlebrook as primary supervisor)
  • María De Vecchi Gerli, "Enforced disappearances in Mexico: State and relatives discourse and its relation to impunity" (with Prof Kevin Middlebrook and Dr Paulo Drinot as primary supervisors)

Recently completed PhD students:

  • Verena Brähler, "Inequality of Security: Exploring Violent Pluralism and Territory in Six Neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" (primary supervisory, 2014)
  • Alejandra Serpente, "Diasporic Argentinean and Chilean identities in Britain: The traces of dictatorship in second-generation postmemory" (subsidiary supervisory, 2014)

Publications, networks and links

Journal articles and book chapters

'A Special Relationship Gone Normal? Argentina and the Inter-American Human Rights System, 1979-2013', Pensamiento Propio, vol. 38, June-December (2013). Full special issue available here.

“Transitional Justice, Democratization, and the Death Penalty in Argentina”, in Madoka Futamura and Nadia Bernaz (eds.), The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition, London, Routledge (August 2013)

“Transitional Justice and Ongoing Conflict”, in Chandra Lekha Sriram, Jemima Garcia-Godos, Olga Martin-Ortega, and Johanna Herman, eds., Transitional justice and peacebuilding on the ground: Victims and excombatants (London: Routledge, 2012)

“Brazilian Foreign Policy and Human Rights: Change and Continuity under Dilma”, Critical Sociology, vol. 38, no. 6 (2012)

“The Future of Human Rights in a Global Order of Change and Continuity”, in Simon Bennett (ed.), London Debates 2011: The Future of Human Rights in a Non-Western World, London: School of Advanced Study (2012)

“From Amnesty to Accountability: The Ebb and Flow in the Search for Justice in Argentina”, in Leigh A. Payne and Francesca Lessa (eds.), Amnesty in the Age of Human Rights Accountability: Comparative and International Perspectives, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2012), (with Gabriel Pereira)

Contributing editor, Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice, Oxford Transitional Justice Research (eds.), Intersentia (2012)

“A Anistia e o Sistema Interamericano de Direitos Humanos” in Leigh A. Payne, Paulo Abrão and Marcelo D. Torelly (eds.), A Anistia na Era da Responsabilização: o Brasil em perspectiva internacional e comparada, Brasilia and Oxford, Brazilian Ministry of Justice (2011) – volume PDF

“Brasil: los derechos humanos en la política exterior de una potencia emergente”, in Ana Covarrubias and Natalia Saltalamacchia (eds.), Los derechos humanos y la política exterior de los países de América Latina, México D.F.,ITAM & Editorial Porrúa (2011)

“The Effectiveness of International and Regional Human Rights Regimes”, in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing (2010)

“Why the Human Rights Regime in the Americas Matters”, in Mónica Serrano and Vesselin Popovski (eds.), Human Rights Regimes in the Americas, Tokyo, United Nations University Press (2010), (with Andrew Hurrell) – link to PDF

Media, policy expertise and other selected publications

“Addressing the Past, Avoiding the Present, Ignoring the Future? Ongoing Human Rights Trials in Argentina”, LASA Forum, Summer 2013

Policy Brief, “Colombia: Towards Ending the Longest Armed Conflict in the Western Hemisphere?“, UCL Institute of the Americas Policy Brief, 30 November 2012, (with Andrei Gomez Suarez)

Global Insider: Under Rousseff, Brazil Finds Opening to Address Past Abuses”, in World Politics Review, 1 June 2012 – PDF version

“Commentary on Accountability, Human Rights and the Rule of Law”, in Oxford Transitional Justice Research (eds.), Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice, Intersentia (2012)

“Instituciones Nacionales de Derechos Humanos (INDDHH) y la Implementación de las Recomendaciones del EPU Relacionadas a la Prevención de la Tortura”, Policy Report, 2011 (with Thomas Pegram) – link to PDF

“In the Shadow of the ICC: Colombia and International Criminal Justice”, HRC Policy Report, 2011 (with David Cantor and Eadaoin O’Brien) – link to PDF

European Identity Struggles in the Age of Austerity”, University of Denver Human Rights and Human Welfare Online Journal, November 2010

The MDGs and the (New) International Economic Order”, University of Denver Human Rights and Human Welfare Online Journal, October 2010

UK Foreign Policy and Human Rights”, University of Denver Human Rights and Human Welfare Online Journal, August 2010

FARC lever vidare”, [Ingrid Betancourt and the prospect for peace in Colombia], Sydsvenskan, 14 July, 2008, [in Swedish]

“Argentina and Transitional Justice”, contribution to Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) report Justice in Burma on transitional justice options, April 2008

“Democracy and the Left in Latin America: Perspectives on the 2006 Election Year”, Axess Magazine, no. 1, 2007 [in Swedish] – link to PDF

“On Democracy and Novelty: A response to Richard Anderson”, St Antony’s International Review (STAIR), Special issue on Democratisation, vol. 3, no. 1, 2007


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