Miriam Estrada-Castillo

 Nationality: Ecuador


Miriam Estrada-Castillo is a lawyer and currently an Assistant Professor within the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the University for Peace, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden) and the Lund University (Sweden) on topics of Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict. She holds a Juris Doctor degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Guayaquil (Ecuador). Previously, she has worked in different capacities for the United Nations. Her last position was as Senior Legal Officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Earlier, she worked at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as International Prosecutor General in East-Timor. She is a former Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a member of the group who drafted the CEDAW Optional Protocol. In Latin America, she has worked as Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and as a Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. Other positions include Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University, Minister of Social Affairs of Ecuador, and President of the Ecuadorian Court of Juvenile Justice of the country. Professor Estrada is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in Ecuador. She has written and published several books in Spanish related to Human Rights, Family Law, Women's and Children Rights, and Political and Social Issues.  


Recent Publications:

  • Estrada, M. (2015). The Role of the United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in support of effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems: experiences and lessons learned in meeting the unique needs of women and children, in particular, the treatment and social reintegration of offenders. Article: UNODC, 2015.
  • Estrada, M. (2015). General Analysis of Terrorism’s Trends and Threats in the Latin America Region. Article: CTED, January 2015.