Disarmament: Towards Maintenance of International Peace and Security

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
13 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017

Professor Miriam Estrada-Castillo

This course on Disarmament and Peace constitutes the first effort for approaching, in a comprehensive fashion, one of the most sensitive issues threatening the very existence of Humanity: the tangible danger of nuclear, biological, chemical and small or light weapons along with international conventions related to weapons of mass destructions, cluster Munitions and land mines, their relations with terrorism and the economic and social consequences of the arms race, as the resources devoted to huge arsenals, both-- nuclear and conventional-- restrict the amount of funds that can be devoted to science, education, environmental protection and development.

These subjects will be approached, essentially, from the role of that academia, human rights defenders and civil society must play for having a saying to  control the destruction of Humanity.




Miriam Estrada-Castillo

Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law. Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Estrada-Castillo worked as the Senior legal and political officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Prior to that position, she has worked with the UN system in various capacities, including as the International Prosecutor General, UN Peacekeeping Mission for East-Timor (DPKO), Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. She has also worked as the President of the Ecuadorian Supreme Court of Juvenile Justice and as the Minister of Social Affairs in Ecuador. In her academic life, she worked recently as the Director of Master Degree Courses on Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict, Lund University, Sweden. She is a Visiting Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and has also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. She is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in the country.


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