Jessica Almqvist

Senior Research Fellow
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Jessica Almqvist is Senior Research Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer in International Law at Madrid’s Universidad Autónoma (UAM) . She holds a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute (Florence), an Diploma in graduate studies of political science from UC Berkeley and Juris Candidatis (LL.B and LL.M) from Lund University. Following her doctoral studies in Italy, she has held research positions in the Centre on International Cooperation of the New Yorok University (2002-2004), FRIDE (2004-2006), the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (2006-2009) and UAM (2010-2015). She has also taught courses at the New School for Social Research in NYC, and has been invited to deliver lectures in Rome, Santo Domingo, Beijing, and Mexico City, among other cities. She teaches international relations regularly in different master’s degrees of the Instituto Universitario José Ortega y Gasset in Madrid.


Research areas: expert in international law with a special focus on human rights, collective security, and global justice. Her research focuses on topics at the intersection of law and politics such as the global fight against terrorism, transitional justice, recognition of states and governments, international criminal justice, and judicial governance in times of cultural diversity.


Selected publications: She is the author of Human Rights, Culture and the Rule of Law (Hart, 2005) and has co-edited The Role of Courts in Transitional Justice: Voices from Latin America and Spain (Routledge, 2011) as well as the Consejo de Derechos Humanos: Oportunidades y Desafíos (Cuadernos Deusto de Derechos Humanos, 2006). She has published an extensive number of articles and book chapters on international judicial independence (Leiden Journal of International Law, 2015), responsibility to protect (International Journal of Human Rights, 2015), victims of terrorism (in Protecting Vulnerable Groups. The European Human Rights Framework, Hart 2015), universal jurisdiction (International Community Law Review, 2013), human rights (Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Law, OUP, 2011), counter-terrorism sanctions (International & Comparative Law Quarterly, 2008), and the impact of cultural diversity on international criminal justice (Journal of International Criminal Justice, 2006). She has also contributed with policy and working papers, e.g. Kosovo, the Politics of Recognition and International Law (Working Paper n° 14/2009, Elcano Royal Institute) and Facing the Victims in the Global Fight against Terrorism (Working Paper n° 18/2006, FRIDE).

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