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Who’s who

Gorka Urrutia 

Gorka Urrutia Asua
Director of the Institute  Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2359

PhD in International and Intercultural Studies, University of Deusto; Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology, University of the Basque Country; Specialist Diploma in International Humanitarian Action-NOHA, UD and University of Uppsala. He has worked with NGOs, governmental and international organisations in the field of international cooperation in Europe and South America. His research currently focuses on human rights, migrations, diversity and religion.

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 JOANA Abrisqueta

Joana Abrisketa Uriarte
Coordinator, Law module on the NOHA Master’s degree programme Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 3051

PhD in Law. Lecturer in International Law and European Union Law. She wrote her dissertation on the right to humanitarian aid. Her priority areas of research and knowledge include: Law and humanitarian action and International Humanitarian Law

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 Laura Belmonte Laura Belmonte Romillo
Secretary Tel. 94 413 93 87

Diploma in Executive Secretarial Studies, University of Deusto. She worked in the Leisure Studies Institute from 1997 to 1998. Her key tasks were event and congress organisation. From 1998 to 2005, she held the post of executive secretary in the International Relations Office where she assisted international students before, during and after their stays. From 2006 to 2014, she was the Secretary of the UD Language Institute where she provided information to the public about the courses and official exams offered (Cambridge, DELF-DALF, Goethe...) She currently holds the position of Institute secretary.
Cristina Churruca Muguruza
Director, Master’s degree (NOHA) and Coordinator, NOHA Network Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2749

PhD in International Relations. Lecturer in International Relations, Geopolitics and Peacebuilding. She has been a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University of Bochum, Germany. Her main areas of research include human security, protection of vulnerable people and peacebuilding. She combines teaching and research work with the promotion of teaching quality and innovation processes. She also takes part in initiatives for the recognition and accreditation of joint degrees in Europe.

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  Anca Cretu

Anca Cretu
Research Assitant Tel: 94 413 90 03 – Ext. 3298

Bachelor´s degree in International Relations (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid). Experience in the private sector in International Trade and in European Project Management in Brussels. She has been collaborating with CEAR Euskadi in the ´´Arnasten´´ group since 2017. Main areas of interest: asylum, EU policies and democratisation processes and transitions.

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 Cristina de la Cruz AYUSO Cristina de la Cruz Ayuso
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2279

PhD in Philosophy. She is currently a lecturer in Ethics at the University of Deusto. She has been guest lecturer and researcher at numerous universities in Europe and Latin America. She is an advisor to different social organisations on issues related to organisational ethics. She is also a member of several ethics committees.

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 Bjarney Friðriksdóttir

Bjarney Friðriksdóttir
Researcher Tel: 94 413 90 03 - Ext. 3296

PhD in Law (Radboud University, 2016). Master degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and a Master in European and International Law from the University of Amsterdam Law School. She has extensive experience in working for United Nations agencies in the field, including in North Africa, the Middle East and Balkan states. Her main area of research is migration in its various forms, voluntary and forced, from a human rights perspective.

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Felipe Gómez Isa
Director of the Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA). Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2856

Lecturer in International Public Law at the University of Deusto and researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights. Director of the European Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. He has participated in the UN working group for the elaboration of a Facultative Protocol to the CEDAW (New York, 1998 and 1999). Visiting professor at several European and Latin American universities.

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Aitor Ibarrola Armendariz
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2519

Aitor Ibarrola teaches courses on multiculturalism, inter-ethnic relations, American Studies and academic writing in the Department of Modern Languages. Ibarrola has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Texas in Austin. He has taken part in projects on discrimination and written articles on minorities and cultural hybridization.

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Jose Ramon Inchaurbe 

José Ramón Intxaurbe Vitorica

PhD in Law, Researcher at the Padre Arrupe Institute of Human Rights at the University of Deusto and Lecturer in Constitutional Law and History of Law. His publications and main research areas are related to the legal challenges posed by the management of sociocultural diversity in contemporary democracies, law related to equality and non-discrimination policies, or EU migration and asylum policies. As part of the Basque Government’s Peace and Coexistence Plan, he is co-author of several reports on strategies and actions for peace and coexistence, and on the attention to victims of terrorism and violence, commissioned by the General Secretariat of Human Rights, Coexistence and Cooperation.

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 Isabel lamas Isabel Lamas Souto
Secretary Tel. Tel. 94 413 91 02 Ext. 2302

Executive Secretarial Diploma, University of Deusto.After having worked in administrative positions at various firms such as BilboGas, Attest Consulting, Signo Digital…) she joined the University of Deusto in 2008. She worked as a secretary in the School of Tourism during the 2008/2009 academic year. When the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences was created in 2009/2010, she moved to the Secretary’s Office for Postgraduate Studies in Intervention, Department of Social Work and Sociology, in addition to taking on the position of secretary to the Faculty vice deans. She has also been the Dean's secretary since 2010/2011. In the 2013/2014 academic year, she joined the Secretary’s Office of the Faculty while continuing with her duties as the Dean's secretary. In 2016/2017, she took a position in the Human Rights Institute Secretary’s Office.
 Encarnación La Spina

Encarnación La Spina
Researcher Tel. 94.413.91.02 

European PhD in Law, Master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy, and International Justice, University of Valencia. Diploma in Immigration, Integration and Rights, Institute of Human Rights (UVEG) and Specialist Diploma in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Henry Dunant Summer University, Geneva. Her focus areas and publications centre on themes related to legal protection of immigrant families from a comparative perspective, diversity management and citizenship, EU migratory policy, efficiency of integration policies and application of collaborative teaching-learning techniques. She has also worked on various research projects in these fields and has taught in Bachelor’s, Master’s, postgraduate, e-learning and lifelong learning programmes in recent years.

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 Carolina de León Carolina de León
Indigenous Programme Coordinator Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 3037

She holds a degree in International Relations, a Master’s in Decentralised International Cooperation from the University of the Basque Country and a Master’s in Gender, Society and Policies from PRIGEPP (FLACSO Argentina). Since 2001, she has worked in the field of development cooperation in government institutions, international organisations and various NGDOs. From 2006 to 2016, she was coordinator of the Master's in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA), and since 2017, she has coordinated the Programme in Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Javier Llorente Javier Llorente Mingo
Manager Tel. 94 413 90 03 ext. 2720

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration. Specialist Diploma in International Humanitarian Aid. He worked in the field of cooperation in Central America, above all in Guatemala, where he led development and humanitarian action projects. He has also worked in the Finance Department of Development NGOs.


 Martínez Bringas

Asier Martínez de Bringas
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 3019

PhD in Law, University of Deusto, and lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Deusto. Researcher with the Institute of Human Rights, Dr. Martínez´s work focuses on issues such as human rights, multiculturalism and interculturality, postcoloniality and the rights of indigenous peoples.

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Dolores Morondo Dolores Morondo Taramundi
Head Researcher / National Convener Erasmus Mundus MA in Human Rights Policy and Practice Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2116

PhD in Law (European University Institute, 2003). She joined the Human Rights Institute in 2011 as researcher. She has lectured in Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Human Rights at the University of Urbino (Italy). Her research and publications focus on Human Rights, anti-discrimination law, feminist legal theory, legal argumentation and legal methodology. She has worked as international expert on different European Commission projects and missions in the field of international cooperation on human rights.

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 Maria NagoreCasas María Nagore Casas

Bachelor’s degree in Law, Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action and currently a PhD candidate on the International and Intercultural Studies Programme. She previously practised Law in a private firm and is now conducting research on the international project, FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European External and Internal Policies).

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 Mayra Eliana  Nuñez

Mayra Eliana Nuñez Pastor
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 3259

She is a lawyer focused on public international law. She holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law (University of Buenos Aires) and a Master's degree in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights). She has worked as a legal advisor in Argentina’s public administration and has been an assistant professor in International Criminal Law at the University of Buenos Aires. She has collaborated in the litigation of cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and with the Special Rapporteurs on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Repetition, Freedom of Expression and Human Rights Defenders, among others, of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently working on her PhD in victim participation, economic, social and cultural rights and transitional justice as part of the project "Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges". 

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 Gustavo la Orden

Gustavo de la Orden
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 ext. 3259

BA in Law (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina); Master’s in Governance and Human Rights (Autonomous University of Madrid) and Master’s in Constitutional Law (Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies – Menéndez Pelayo International University). He is doing his PhD in “Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges”. He has worked as an assistant and researcher in public and private bodies at an international and national level. His research fields include human rights, protection systems, migrations, asylum and criminology.

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Raquel Ortiz Ledesma
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 ext. 3259

BA in International Relations and Master’s in Humanistic Studies with a specialisation in Ethics from Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). Her professional experience has focused on social development issues, and has been a liaison between different actors for the implementation of social projects at a local and regional level, as well as a project consultant. She has been a member of social project evaluation committees and taken part in the assessment of Human Rights programmes. In the academic field, she taught several subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences field at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Her main research interests are related to social development, poverty and exclusion, international development cooperation and the impact of civil society organisations. She is currently completing her PhD in Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges at the University of Deusto. Her research focuses on an analysis on legislations and public policies on Social and Solidarity Economy in Mexico.

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Eduardo Ruiz J. Vieytez  

Eduardo Javier Ruiz Vieytez
Researcher Ext. 2322

PhD in Law and lecturer in Constitutional Law. He has taught courses at a number of European universities and works with the Council of Europe in the field of linguistic minorities. His research and publications focus on immigration policies and the rights of national and linguistic minorities.

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 Maite Sagasti

Maite Sagasti
Postgraduate coordinator (NOHA - HRPP) Tel. 94 413 92 18 Ext. 2418

Bachelor’s degree in History and Cultural Heritage, University of Deusto, Master’s degree in Spanish Artistic Heritage, University of Salamanca.

Trinidad L. Vicente Torrado
Researcher Tel. 94 413 90 03 Ext. 2035

PhD in Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Deusto. Master’s degree in European Studies and in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Lecturer, Faculty of Sociology and FICE. Visiting professor at different European and American universities. Her fields of research and publications focus mainly on international migrations, gender and studies of peace and conflict resolution.

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