Magdalena Sepúlveda – Chile & Colombia

Linked to our presentation on Association for Women’s Rights in Development of February 3, 2006.

Also linked to our presentation on again op-icescr of February 3, 2006.

Magdalena Sepúlveda – Chile & Colombia

First: In the context of UPEACE Activities, Magdalena Sepúlveda is giving the following course: Global and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms, next Feb 27 – Mar 03, 2006, Category: International Law and Human Rights, Location: Council Room. Location: University for Peace, San José, Costa Rica.

Bio: Dr. Magdalena Sepulveda is a Chilean lawyer. She got her graduation in 2000 at the University of Essex, Human Rights Center.

She holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and an LL.M in human rights law from University of Essex, UK. She lectures at several universities in Latin America and has provided technical assistance and training on human rights to NGOs, IGOs and governments. Magdalena has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and was the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations affiliated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She lives in Colombia, were she has worked as a project leader for the Cartagena Declaration Twentieth Anniversary with the Norwegian Refugee Council and as consultant to the Department of International Protection of UNHCR. Magdalena has worked with numerous civil society organisations in Latin America and in particular Colombia which works with the protection of refugees and IDPs.

She has written extensively on human rights issues. In 2004 she was the project leader and co-author of two major publications:

‘Human Rights Reference Handbook’ UPEACE, 513pp) and ‘Universal and Regional Protection: Cases and Commentaries’ (UPEACE, 572pp).

In 2005 she has been working in UNHCR tanning manual on human rights and refugee law as well as in an examination of the judgments on the Colombian Constitutional Court (Country chapter on Colombia. in: Malcolm Langford (ed.) Socio-Economic Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2006.)

Also: Magdalena Sepúlveda, The nature of the obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Commentary of the School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht:

During recent decades, levels of global wealth have grown at an impressive rate but at the same time inequalities in wealth distribution and the gap between the rich and the poor have also increased significantly. While some people take the enjoyment of comforts made available by technological advances for granted and consume goods and services at a rate unimaginable even just a few decades ago, for the majority of humanity such developments are unattainable and many persons die of hunger or curable diseases, do not have shelter, access to education or basic sanitation facilities. Undoubtedly this raises moral questions, but it is also a juridical problem. This study attempts to show that at least the 145 States Parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [ICESCR] bear significant obligations with regard to the fulfilment of these rights.

The present work analyses the work of the main supervisory mechanism of the ICESCR, the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and aims to clarify the normative content of the Covenant, particularly with regard to the obligations imposed by Part II of the Covenant. The book sets the stage for analysis of Part II of the Covenant by first seeking to clarify some of the doctrinal confusion in the field, such as the distinction between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. It also examines the usefulness of typologies of State duties under human rights instruments. The study then proceeds to analyse the content and scope of the obligations under Part II of the Covenant.

Part II of the Covenant is composed of four articles which contain a general obligation clause; a non-discrimination provision; a limitation on the enjoyment of the rights by non-nationals; non-discrimination on the basis of sex; a general limitation clause; and interpretation rules. Understanding of the scope and content of the provisions of Part II is key for interpretation of the Covenant as a whole as they have a dynamic relationship with all substantive rights contained in the Covenant and impose obligations with which States Parties must comply in regard to each of the substantive rights.

The study is intended to contribute to the promotion of the normative content of the Covenant, particularly of the provisions of Part II. It is premised on the understanding that a clearer normative content of the Covenant would facilitate its implementation at the national level as well as its supervision under the Statereporting procedure and, possibly, pursuant to a future Optional Protocol establishing a complaints procedure. (Order the book on INTERSENTIA).

See also the publication on PAMBAZUKA, weekly forum for social justice in Afrika.

And: in Google nn has to be distinguished from Ma. Magdalena Tarín Sepúlveda, who lives in Mexico as Profesora de Ingles.


policies against hunger;

Human Rights University Network;

Internat. Commission of Jurists, ICJ Canadian Section;

ICJ Geneva;

Library UNO Geneva.

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