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Rosa Ana Alija Fernández

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Reader in Public International Law, UB


Reader in Public International Law at the University of Barcelona School of Law, where she is deputy coordinator of the Master Degree in Advanced Legal Studies and coordinator of the Legal clinic on the fight against impunity within the programme Dret al Dret (“Right to Right”). Her main research areas are international human rights law, international criminal law, and transitional justice.

She has been visiting professor at the Universities of Puerto Rico, Santiago de Cali (Colombia) and Federal de Pelotas (Brazil), and visiting researcher at the University of Uppsala, the Research Centre in Latin-American Criminal and Procedural Law (Forschungsstelle für lateinamerikanisches Straf- und Strafprozessrecht) of the University of Göttingen, and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland). She has collaborated with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in training Rwandan lawyers on universal jurisdiction and with international research teams and networks in the field of transitional justice. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Observatory on the Enforced Disappearances of Children (University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain), of the Multidisciplinary Research Network Ibero-American Perspectives on Justice (Ibero-American Institute of The Hague), and of the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group of the University of Greenwich (United Kingdom).

Background and education

  • (2010) PhD in Law, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2003) DEA in International Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • (2002) Master in International Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Research interests

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

Selected publications

  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana.2018.The Inextricable Path from a Deathbed to the Fight Against Impunity: The Cases of Franco and Pinochet.Journal of Genocide Research,2(2):261-274Link
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana; Martín-Ortega, Olga

    2018.Franco’s Victims in Spain: The Long Road Towards Justice and Recognition.In: Vincent Druliolle and Roddy Brett (eds.).Politics of Victimhood in Post-conflict Societies: Comparative and Analytical Perspectives.London:Palgrave Macmillan,pp: 53-76.Link
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana; Saura Estapà, Jaume

    2017.Towards a Single and Comprehensive Notion of ‘Civilian Population’.Crimes against Humanity, International Criminal Law Review,17 (1):47-77. DOI: 10.1163/15718123-01701001Link
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa AnaBonet Pérez, Jordi

    2016.El control de los tratados internacionales de derechos humanos: realidad y límites.Barcelona:Atelier.
  • Bonet Pérez, JordiAlija Fernández, Rosa Ana (eds.)

    2016.La exigibilidad de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en la Sociedad internacional del siglo XXI: una aproximación jurídica desde el Derecho internacional.Barcelona:Marcial Pons.
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana; Martín-Ortega, Olga

    2015.Where is my grandfather? Impunity and memory in Spain.In: S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser Ottanelli (eds.).The Performance of Memory as Transitional Justice.Cambridge/Antwerp/Portland:Intersentia,pp: 97-113.
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana.2014.The 2014 reform of universal jurisdiction in Spain: from all to nothing.Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik,13/2014:717-727Link
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana.2013.Justice for No-Land’s Men? United States Military Trials against Spanish Kapos in Mauthausen and Universal Jurisdiction.In: K. Jon Heller & G. Simpson (eds.).The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials: Untold Stories.Oxford:Oxford University Press,pp: 103-121.
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa Ana.2011.La persecución como crimen contra la humanidad.Barcelona:Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Alija Fernández, Rosa AnaBonet Pérez, Jordi

    2009.Impunidad, derechos humanos y justicia transicional.Bilbao:Universidad de Deusto.Link