Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is an international public lawyer and scholar. For more than 15 years, she has specialized in the human rights, biodiversity and climate law nexus both in theory and practice.Ituarte-Lima holds a PhD (University College London), MPhil (University of Cambridge), and a Law Degree (U. Iberoamericana). She is an affiliated senior researcher at the RWI, researcher on international environmental law at Stockholm Resilience Centre and research associate at University of British Columbia.
Ituarte-Lima´s focus is on law and governance for sustainability and environmental justice and the transformation of international law into new governance forms at the national scales that support endogenous development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Her methodology ranges from extensive on-the ground fieldwork for example in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Kenya and Senegal, to studies examining regional frameworks such as the European Timber Regulation and the interactions of international regimes on human rights and environmental law.
Her collaborative research on the right to a healthy environment involve various partners including South East Asian scholars. Her role at RWI entails mentoring researchers, lecturing and facilitating dialogue process with judges, human rights commissions and other groups on environment, climate change, human rights, and gender equality in Asia and the Pacific.
Claudia has a wide range of publications, such as articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals, book chapters, and reports in the law, policy and practice interface targeting a wide audience. She acts as an expert advisor for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and was a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expert group in policy support tools and methodologies.
She has held visiting status at various academic institutions, including the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford in the UK, the Global Centre of Excellence Programme in Conflict Studies at Osaka University in Japan, ECOSUR in Mexico and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador.