Human Security

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
18 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018

Professor Miriam Estrada-Castillo

This course will be addressing the multidisciplinary and holistic concept of Human Security. In this light, it will consider that the new conception of Human Security is people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented framework that considers the broad range of conditions that threaten the survival, livelihood and dignity of people, particularly those who are most vulnerable. As such, the Course will be briefly addressing brief overviews on disarmament, the prohibition of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear and chemical weapons), an analysis of arms, control military restraints, reduction of production and trafficking of weapons. Notions on States’ obligations linked to the “responsibility to protect” -- in order to guarantee national and global security-- called Collective Security will be analysed. Similarly, the sessions will look at the seven fears of Humanity and the right to be protected against their complexities intertwined within the social, economic, and political factors going on in our troubled world.




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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