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Dr Par Engstrom
50/51 Gordon Square
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Institute of the Americas
  • Faculty of S&HS

Par Engstrom (BA UCL, MSc London, DPhil Oxford) is Associate Professor in Human Rights at the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and Visiting Faculty at the Paris School of International Affairs, at Sciences-Po. Dr. Engstrom has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Engstrom holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, he studied Latin American politics and development (MSc) at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London; and Philosophy and Economics (BA) at University College London. He is the academic coordinator of an International Network on the Inter-American Human Rights System funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2014-16), and the co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network. He has previously held academic positions at the Human Rights Consortium (University of London), Oxford Brookes University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Warwick University, and at various Oxford colleges. He has worked with a range of human rights organizations and as a consultant for the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the European Parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Engstrom worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.

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Research Summary

Dr. Engstrom has broad research interests in international relations, comparative politics, and human rights, with a geographical focus on Latin America. He has expertise in the Inter-American Human Rights System, transitional justice, civil society mobilization, strategic litigation, and torture prevention. Further research interests include the relationship between human rights and democracy; judicialization of politics; the international relations of the Americas; human rights 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, Brazil, and Chile. In addition, he is currently involved in human rights research related to Colombia and Mexico.

Teaching Summary

At the Institute of the Americas, Dr. Engstrom currently teaches the following PGT modules:

  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratisation
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice (not running in 2018/19)
  • The International Politics of Latin America
And he contributes to teaching on the Institute of the Americas' UG programmes: BA History and Politics of the Americas, and BA History and Politics of the Americas with Year Abroad.

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.

01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor Institute of the Americas UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 – 30-SEP-2018 Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Institute of the Americas University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2012 – 30-SEP-2016 Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas Institute of the Americas University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2009 – JUN-2012 Lecturer in Human Rights Human Rights Consortium School of Advanced Study, University of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010   Doctor of Philosophy Mansfield College, Oxford
2003   Master of Science University of London
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