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Elisenda Calvet Martínez

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Assistant Professor of International Law, UB


Assistant Professor of International Law, co-coordinator of the Law Clinic for the Fight against Impunity and assistant to the Vice dean of Research and International Relations of the Faculty of Law at the University of Barcelona. She has worked for the Spanish Red Cross, the Catalan Ombudsman, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica) and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (Geneva, Switzerland). She has been the coordinator of the Diplomatic career access course (2015-2017) and has directed the Course on Current Issues of Spanish Foreign Policy (2015-19) of the CEI International Affairs (Diplomatic School in Barcelona). She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and has hosted the 15th biannual IAGS international conference on genocide at the University of Barcelona in July 2021. She has carried out research visits at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) of the KU Leuven (Belgium), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Deusto (Spain). She has participated in several research projects on human rights and has directed two research projects of the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).

Background and education

  • (2015) PhD in Law, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2007) MA in International Studies, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2002) Postgraduate Diploma on International Business Law, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2002) BA in Law, Universitat Pompeu fabra (UPF)
  • (2001) Certificat de Droit Transational, Université de Genève (Switzerland)


  • 2015-2018Postdoctoral research and teaching grant, Universitat de Barcelona
  • 2015Research Grant of LERU Law PhD Exchange Scheme, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • 2011-2014Research Grant for PhD, International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)
  • 2012BE-DGR Grant for a research stay abroad at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, AGAUR
  • 2005Scholarship for a stage at the Catalan Ombudsman, Catalan Institute of Human Rights 

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations (Executive Board)
  • European Society of International Law
  • Historical Memory Commission of the Barcelona’s Bar Association
  • Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations
  • Red Academica Memoria, Verdad y Justicia


Research interests

  • International Law of Human Rights
  • Transitional justice
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Genocide

Selected publications

  • Sarkin, Jeremy J.; Calvet Martínez, Elisenda

    2022.The Global Practice of Systematic Enforced Disappearances of Children in International Law: Strategies for Preventing Future Occurrences and Solving Past Cases.Catholic University Law Review,vol 71:33-103LinkLogo open access
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda.2021.Sexual violence as genocide against indigenous peoples: the case of Mayan women in Guatemala.In:

    Smith, S. y Brown, S

    The Routledge Handbook on Religion, Mass Atrocity and Genocide.Routledge,pp: 96-105.Link
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda; Diaz Anabitarte, Aitor

    2020.The right to land, housing and property.In:

    Stahn, C. and Iverson, J.

    Just Peace After Conflict: Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace.Oxford:Oxford University Press,pp: 252-266.Link
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda; Pons Ràfols, Xavier

    2018.Strengthening Judicial Independence in Transitional Justice as A Guarantee of Non-Repetition.Revista Española de Derecho Internacional, Sección Estudios,Vol. 70/2, julio-diciembre 2018, Madrid:71-99. ISSN: 0034-9380; E-ISSN: 2387-1253Link
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda.2018.Desapariciones forzadas y justicia transicional.Valencia:Tirant Lo Blanch, Cruz Roja Española. ISBN: 978-84-9169-736-7..Link
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda.2017.Challenges of Humanitarian Aid in Protracted Armed Conflict: The Increasing Role of Local Agents.Revista Española de Derecho Internacional, Sección Estudios,Vol. 69/1:245-270. ISSN: 0034-9380; E-ISSN: 2387-1253Link
  • Calvet Martínez, Elisenda.2016.La exigibilidad de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en situaciones de post-conflicto y en procesos de justicia transicional.In:

    Bonet Pérez J. (Dir.) and Alija Fernández, R. (Coord.)

    La exigibilidad de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en la Sociedad internacional del siglo XXI: una aproximación jurídica desde el Derecho internacional.Madrid:Ed. Marcial Pons. ISBN: 978-84-9123-077-0.