Visiting Faculty

UPEACE relies in its face-to-face teaching on a mix of resident and visiting professors. Visiting professors are distinguished Academicians and Practitioners in fields related to UPEACE's mission, and do come from all over the world, hence contribute to the multicultural life of UPEACE. The following alphabetic list is of visiting professors expected to teach during the academic year 2014 - 2015. The list includes their affiliations and their nationalities:




Department of International Law and Human Rights


  • Prof. Maria Pia Carazo (Costa Rica)

Maria Pía Carazo has a Law degree from the University of Costa Rica and an LL.M. degree from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), where she is currently completing her Ph.D. Her areas of research include fundamental issues of Public International Law, Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Human Rights (with an emphasis on regional protection systems) and Comparative Legal Studies (with a special focus on Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Germany). She previously worked as a junior research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. She has also lectured and taught at different institutions, including the University of Bonn (Germany).

Recent Publications:

Carazo, P. (2008). Enhancing Human Rights’ Protection through Procedure: Procedural Rights
and Guarantees Derived from Substantial Norms in Human Rights Treaties, in: Miller & Bratspies
(eds.), Progress in International Law, Leiden 2008, P. 793-811.

Carazo, P. (2009). El sistema interamericano de derechos humanos: democracia y derechos
humanos como factores integradores en Latinoamérica, in: von Bogdandy, Landa & Morales
(eds.) ¿Integración Jurídica a través del Derecho?: Un análisis multifocal e interdisciplinario,
Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Madrid) and Max Planck Institute for Comparative
Public Law and International Law, Spain 2009, p. 231-285.

  •  Prof. Gudmundur Eiriksson, Iceland

Gudmundur Eiriksson is currently Professor and Executive Director at the Centre for International Legal Studies, Jindal Global Law School, India. He holds an A.B. degree and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College (United States), an LL.B. (Honours) degree from King’s College, University of London (UK), and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University (UnitedStates).

He served with the United Nations in New York from 1974 to 1977. He then joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of
Iceland and served as Assistant Legal Adviser, Legal Adviser and Ambassador of Iceland in Ottawa, Pretoria and New Delhi.

He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1987 to 1996 and a Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2002. He was a member of the Icelandic delegation in numerous international forums, including the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization where he served as President from 1984 to 1988. He has lectured on international law at 40 universities worldwide, including from 1987 to 1996 at the University of Iceland, from 1994 to 1995 at the University of New Mexico School of Law and from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008 at theUniversity for Peace, where he headed the Department of International Law and Human Rights.

He is a member of the International Council of Environmental Law and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal/ Revista Interamericana & Europea de Derechos Humanos and the Advisory Board of the Nordic Journal of International Law. He is also the author of The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and numerous articles on the law of the sea, legal education, international criminal law, international organizations, international relations, disarmament and human rights.

Recent Publications:

Eiriksson, G. (2013). “Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS”, in AALCO, Verbatim Record of the
Legal Experts Meeting to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention
on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), New Delhi, 5 March 2013, pp. 23–30.

Eiriksson, G. (2014). “Satya N. Nandan’s role in Drafting the Informal Single Negotiating Text:
Aspects of the Preparatory Work for UNCLOS”, in Michael W. Lodge and Myron H. Nordquist,
eds., Peaceful Order in the World’s Oceans: Essays in Honor of Satya N. Nandan, Martinus Nijhoff
Publishers, 2014, pp. 37–50.


  • Prof. Jan Hessbruegge, Switzerland

Jan Hessbruegge has worked since 2005 as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations, where he has also worked for the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions in Sudan and Haiti, the Commissions of Inquiry on Human Rights in Syria and North Korea, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and has served as Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.

Currently, he is posted at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Headquarters in Geneva. He holds a law degree from the University of Muenster (Germany), a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and a Diploma in Public International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands), and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in International Law at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Germany).

Recent Publications:

Hessbruegge, J. (2012). “Customary Law and Authority in a State under Construction: The
Case of South Sudan”, 5 African Journal of Legal Studies 295-311 (2012).

Hessbruegge, J. (2013). “Introductory Note to European Court of Human Rights: Catan v.
Moldova and Russia”, 52 International Legal Materials (2013).


  • Prof. Olger Gonzales, Costa Rica

Olger Gonzalez is currently a Senior Legal Officer at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where he has worked for 10 years in various positions within the Legal Department. He currently coordinates one of seven working-groups of the Court’s Permanent Registry. He completed an M.A. degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA. European Master) in Venice and Strasbourg, as well as a Diploma on Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Chile, and earned his law degree from the University of Costa Rica. He has followed various human rights specialized courses, completed a Professional Visit to the European Court of Human Rights (2004), and participated in an OAS electoral observation mission in Guatemala in 2007.

He has lectured on human rights, transitional justice, and issues of the Inter-American system in several fora to public servants, NGOs and national institutions in different countries within the American continent. He is also a Consultant of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (Costa Rica) and a Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and at the University of Costa Rica.

Recent Publications:

González, O. (2004). “Elastic human rights in international regional systems? On the use of the
European doctrine of the ‘Margin of Appreciation’ in the Inter-American System of Human
Rights”. Thesis. Institut des Hautes Études Européennes, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg,
France, 2004.

González, O. (2012). “Acerca del control de convencionalidad por parte de operadores de
justicia (nacionales e internacionales) en situaciones de justicia transicional”. Revista IIDH
No. 56, San José, Costa Rica, julio-diciembre 2012.


  • Prof. Frans Viljoen, South Viljoen

Frans Viljoen obtained an LL.B, an M.A. degree in Afrikaans Literature, and an L.LD on the African Regional Human Rights System from the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and an L.LM degree from Cambridge University (UK).

In October 2007, he was appointed as Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He is also the Academic Coordinator of the L.LM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa presented by that Centre, in collaboration with twelve partner law faculties across Africa.

He is also the author of numerous articles, especially dealing with human rights issues, and the book International Human Rights Law in Africa (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports.

Recent Publications:

Viljoen, F. (2014). Amicus curiae participation before regional human rights bodies in
Africa”Journal of African Law 58(1) 22 – 44 (With A. Abebe). 2014

Viljoen, F. (2014). ‘The feasibility and desirability of an African disability rights treaty: Further
norm-elaboration or firmer norm-implementation?’ South African Journal on Human Rights 30(2)
345-365 (with J. Biegon).

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Prof. Gloria Filax, Canada

Gloria Filax currently teaches and conducts research in the areas of equality and social justice in the Master or Arts – Integrated Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University (Canada). She teaches Gender and Sexuality, Equality in Context, Advanced Feminist Theory, and Doing Disability Differently (critical disability studies). Previous teaching includes Introduction to Women’s Studies, Introduction to Sociology, Youth Studies, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, Queer Issues in Education, Queer Youth, and History of Childhood. She has coordinated programmes in the areas of Cultural Studies (undergraduate and graduate) as well as Women’s Studies. Her university teaching includes both distance and face to face (classroom) teaching with both graduate and undergraduate students.

Recent Publications:

Filax, G. (2009). Co-Editor. How Canadians Communicate 3: Contexts of Popular Culture. With
Bart Beaty, Derek Briton, and Rebecca Sullivan. Athabasca: AU Press.

Filax, G. (2014). Co-Editor, Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarship by and about Mothers with Disabilities. With Dena Taylor. Toronto: Demeter Press.


  •  Prof. Ellyn Kaschak, United States

Ellyn Kaschak is Professor Emerita of Psychology at San Jose State University (United States), where she was also Chairperson ofthe Graduate Program in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling and Director of the University’s Family Counselling Service.

She is one of the founders of the field of feminist psychology, which she has practiced since its inception some 40 years ago, and has published numerous articles and chapters on gender, as well as the award-winning Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women’s Experience. Dr. Kaschak is also the editor of the journal Women and Therapy and has published ten edited books. Her newest book, Shedding Light: Seeing Gender and Race through Blind Eyes published in 2015 by Columbia University Press.

Recent Publications:

Kaschak, E. (2015). Shedding Light: The Visual Epistemology of Gender, Sex and Race, Columbia
University Press.

Kaschak, E. (2013) The Mattering Map: Confluence and Influence, Psychology of Women
Quarterly, 37:4.


  • Prof. Mir Mahdavi, Afghanistan/Canada

Mir Mahdavi is an Afghan journalist and poet in exile. In 2002, he founded the Aftab Newspaper in Kabul and worked as its Editor-in-Chief, for which he was condemned to a death sentence and ultimately exiled. He is an active member of PEN Canada, has written for several Canadian newspapers, including the Hamilton Spectator, and continues to blog on Afghan issues. He has held teaching positions in journalism at George Brown College (Canada), and presented at several international conferences. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Tehran University (Iran), his M.A. degree in Cultural Studies from McMaster University (Canada), and he is currently working towards his Ph.D. at Trent University (Canada).

Recent Publications:

Editor-in-chief AFTAB (The Sun) Newspaper, 2001-2003

Afghan News Blog (in Farsi)


  • Prof. Jerry Sanders, United States

Jerry W. Sanders is retired from the University of California, Berkeley (United States) where he served as Professor and Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Sanders’ teaching and research interests include cosmopolitan and critical peace theory; globalization and governance; human security and peacebuilding; militarization and geopolitics; and neo-conservatism in American political culture and foreign policy. Dr. Sanders is also founder and director of The Summer Peace Institute in Human Security and Peacebuilding Practice at the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his academic writings, he has published articles in World Policy, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, and Mothers Jones. Dr. Sanders received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (United States) and served as a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1967-69).

Recent Publications:

Sanders, J. (2009). “Cosmopolitanism as Peace Theory”; “Globalization”; “Pax Americana”. International Encyclopaedia of Peace (Oxford U. Press, 2009).

Sanders, J. (1995). “The Elusive Quest: Democracy and Peace in the Post-Cold War Era,”[chapter], Theory of Peace, ed. Vicent Martinez Guzman (NAU Books, Spain, 1995).


  • Prof. Rick Wallace, Canada

Rick Wallace brings over 20 years of international and Canadian experience with specialized knowledge in conflict resolution, community-based peacebuilding, multi-party negotiation, international human rights law and indigenous peoples rights. As a former international humanitarian and development worker, community-based mediator, NGO coordinator, grassroots activist, writer, researcher and university lecturer, Rick has 14 years of experience as a peacebuilding consultant, providing mediation, facilitation, training and process design in conflict resolution, negotiation, restorative justice, strategic planning and leadership. He has a Ph.D. in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (UK), an L.LM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Lund (Sweden), and an M.A. in Adult Education from the University of Toronto (Canada). He is the author of the recently published book, Merging Fires: Grassroots Peacebuilding Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples.

Recent Publications:

Wallace, R. (2013). Merging Fires: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Wallace, R. and Victoria Fontan (2014). “Reclaiming ‘Power with’ from Below: Nascent Subaltern Peacebuilding in Canada, Colombia and Iraq”. (Under Review, Peacebuilding Journal, Manchester, UK).


  • Prof. Steven Youngblood, United States 

Steven Youngblood is the director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University which promotes the concepts of peace and peace journalism, including advocating non-violent conflict resolution, through seminars and courses both in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, he is coordinating and teaching a U.S. State Department sponsored project in Turkey titled, “Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building Communities of Understanding.” Previously, he directed and taught a comprehensive Peace and Electoral Journalism project (sponsored by USAID and the U.S. State Department) in Uganda in 2010-11. Using a second a second major State Department grant, Youngblood directed and taught a peace media and anti-terrorism project in Uganda in 2012-13. He is a two time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007).

Recent Publications:

Youngblood, S. (2012). “Professor Komagum: Teaching peace journalism and battling insanity in Uganda”, Unlimited Publishing LLC, published late 2012.

Youngblood, S. (2014), Editor. The Peace Journalist Magazine, Apr/Oct 2012; Apr 2014 published
by the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University.


Department of Environment and Development


  •  Prof. Urbano Fra Paleo, Spain

Urbano Fra Paleo holds a B.A. with Honours in Geography from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1996), and a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the EOI Business School (Spain). He is also a certified Geomatics Specialist (GIS/LIS). Urbano Fra is a Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura (Spain), currently on leave at the Land Laboratory (LaboraTe) of the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2007. He is a Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica). He worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver (1995) and Hawai’i (1999), and was Research Associate at The Environment Institute of the University of Denver (1996). In 2005 he was Fellow of the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States).

Recent Publications:

Paleo, U. (2009). Building safer communities. Governance, spatial planning, and responses to
natural hazards (IOS Press, 2009).

Paleo, U. (2010). Riesgos naturales en Galicia El encuentro entre naturaleza y sociedad (University of Santiago de Compostela Press, 2010); Risk governance: The articulation of hazard, politics
and ecology for Springer.


  • Julie Watson

Dr. Julie Watson is a PhD in geography with expertise in  ransboundary water conflict and cooperation

Julie's goal is to figure out ways we can collaborate more effectively over shared water resources while addressing inequities in access to water for all its uses. She's especially interested in environmental justice, participatory processes, and the integration of qualitative, hard to measure values alongside the quantifiable in more holistic decision-making frameworks


  • Prof. André Nijhof, Netherlands

André Nijhof (1969) has a Master´s degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente (The Netherlands). He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999).

Next, he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Some of his major projects were at Corus, ABN Amro and KPN. Many other projects were in small and medium-sized companies in the construction industry, reintegration services and outdoor organisations. Since 2007, he has been Associate Professor at the European Institute of Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit (The Netherlands).

Since September 2014, he has been a full-time Associate Professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Stewardship of Nyenrode (The Netherlands). Much of his recent work has focused on embedding Corporate Social Responsibility in the core processes of an organisation. He is especially interested in how the creative potential of organisations can be used as a source of new business development towards sustainable products, processes and business models.

He has worked with many leading businesses including Asics, Rabobank and Vebego. He has also worked with international institutions such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the European Union and the Transparency Benchmark of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He also leads executive education programmes like CSR in Action!, in-company training sessions, workshops on dilemmas and courses for the MSc and iMBA programmes at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He is also the project leaders for a research program on CSR and Innovative Leadership in the Ready Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh.

Recent Publications:

Nijhof, A.H.J., Lenssen, G., Roger, L., & Kievit, H. (2014,5). How to finance the transition to a more
sustainable global economy and society? Corporate Governance, 14. doi: http://dx.doi.


  • Prof. Jan Pronk, Netherlands

Jan Pronk is currently professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands. He graduated as economist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in 1964. He has been Minister for Development Cooperation from 1973-1977 and in 1989-1994 and Minister of Housing, spatial planning and environment in 1998-2002. He has also been active Member of Parliament for several legislative periods. From 2004 to 2006, he became the Special Representative Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan and between 1980 and 1986 the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD in Geneva. Between 2000 and 2001, he was elected as Chairman of the 6th Conference of Parties at the UN Convention on Climate Change. In 2001, he joined the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003).

In 2002, he became Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London 2002-2004) and in 2003 also Chairman of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva (2003-2004). At the same time, he was Chairman of the Federation of Refugee Organizations in the Netherlands from 2003 to 2004 and recently the President of the IKV, Interchurch Peace Council and the President of the Society for International Development (SID, Roma 2008). During his career, he received several special honours as Dr Honoris Causa at the University San Marcos in Lima, Peru (1974) and at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (2002). Among others, he also became the Officier of Legion D’Honneur of France (2001) and the Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau of the Netherlands (2002).

Recent Publications:

Pronk J. (2015). From Post 1945 to Post 2015. Essay, to be published in Journal of Global Ethics

Pronk J. (in press). Peacekeeping. Resources and Constraints. Essay, to be published in forthcoming book


  • Prof. Marco Quesada, Costa Rica

Marco Quesada is currently the Country Director of Conservation International’s Costa Rica Program. He has an undergraduate (B.Sc., 1996) and a Master’s (M.Sc., 2001) degree in Biology from Universidad de Costa Rica and a Ph.D. from the Department of Marine Affairs of the University of Rhode Island (United States). While his M.Sc. thesis was done on the subject of marine zooplankton distribution and ecology, his Ph.D. dissertation was developed on the subject of community participation in fisheries management. He has participated in scholar exchanges in Portland State University (United States) and the University of La Rochelle (France), and has been a professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and the Universidad de Costa Rica, and has conducted research in Costa Rica and Alaska, United States.


  • Prof. Nika Salvetti, Italy

Nika Salvetti was Coordinator of the RMSED Programme at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) from 2009 to 2011. She holds a M.Sc. in Post-War Reconstruction from the University of York (UK), a B.Sc. in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). He also has a Technical Diploma in accounting and foreign Languages (Italy). She has been working for 18 years in developing countries and war-torn societies in Africa (Uganda and Egypt), Asia (Indonesia), the Middle East (Jordan, WBG, Lebanon, Yemen), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica), and the Balkans (BiH, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia), heading and managing emergency, rehabilitation and development projects for the European Commission, the SNV-Dutch Cooperation (1999-2001), CARE Nederland (2001-2008), and MOVIMONDO (Consortium of Italian NGOs- 1995-1998). She was a research fellow at the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP), at the University of York (UK) for research projects in Indonesia/Aceh and Lebanon/Beirut, and at the University of Rome (Italy).