About Us

Tom Pegram

Tom Pegram

Tom Pegram

Dr. Tom Pegram is the project co-organiser and an Assistant Professor in Political Science (International Relations) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has previously held research fellowships at New York University and Harvard University Law Schools, where he worked alongside Ryan Goodman. He completed a DPhil in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford under the supervision of Laurence Whitehead.

Tom’s current research and teaching interests lie at the boundaries of international and domestic politics, with expertise in comparative politics, new institutional analysis, international organisations, human rights, conflict prevention and processes of democratisation in new democracies. He specialises in the study of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in democratising political systems, with a particular interest in their human rights and political accountability function. He was also the National Human Rights Institution Fellow at Harvard University Law School Human Rights Program from 2008 until 2009.

Tom attended Aberystwyth University and McGill University as an undergraduate where he received a BSc (Econ) in International Politics with Law. He holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He has also worked at the International Law and Organisations Program at the London Secretariat of Amnesty International and for a Peruvian non-governmental organisation.

Par Engstrom

Par Engstrom

Par Engstrom

Dr. Par Engstrom (p.engstrom@ucl.ac.uk) is the project co-organiser and a Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas at the UCL Institute of the Americas.  He was previously Lecturer at the Human Rights Consortium, University of London. Dr Engstrom has also 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.

His current research interests focus on regional human rights institutions both comparatively and with a particular reference to the Inter-American human rights system and its capacity to shape domestic human rights politics in Latin America. Further research interests include the relationship between human rights and democratisation; judicialisation 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, in particular, on Argentina, but also Brazil and Chile. In addition, he is currently involved in human rights research related to Colombia and Mexico.

Éadaoin O’Brien

Éadaoin O’Brien

Éadaoin O’Brien

Dr. Éadaoin O’Brien is a Graduate Fellow with the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She previously held a Doctoral Fellowship at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the National University of Ireland Galway and is a former Government of Ireland Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholar. Éadaoin completed a PhD in International Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Ray Murphy. Her doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The Exhumation of Mass Grave by International Criminal Tribunals: Nuremberg, the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda’. Éadaoin holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology (National University of Ireland Maynooth), an LLM in International Human Rights Law (Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway) and an MSc in Human Identification (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee). Éadaoin’s current research interests lie in the synergy between international law, human rights and the forensic sciences; the use of forensic evidence in international criminal trials; medico-legal documentation of human rights abuses; international humanitarian law; armed conflict and memorialisation; and mass grave exhumations and the right to truth. She has undertaken human rights field work and research in a number of locations, including for non-governmental organisations, in Ireland, Belarus, Spain and the West Bank. She is also a former lecturer on the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Andrea de la Fuente

Andrea de la Fuente

Andrea de la Fuente

Andrea de la Fuente is an attorney-at-law (Argentina). She obtained a degree in Law (Abogada) from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, where she was also an Assistant Professor and a research assistant. She holds an LLM from Columbia University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the Parker School Recognition of Achievement in Foreign and Comparative Law.

Andrea’s academic and professional interests include corporate, commercial and finance law, intellectual property and new technologies law, and administrative and human rights law. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Researcher at the Faculty of Law of Palermo University, where her research focused on the regulation of Internet activity in different areas of the law and its effects on freedom of expression, especially in Latin America. She has served as legal counsel at the Consejo de la Magistratura of the Judiciary of Argentina, and as a consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been a Legal Assistant at the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth and an intern at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has also worked at the law firms of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, and Ortiz & Asociados.