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Teresa Fernández Paredes
Gender expert and human rights lawyer , Cundinamarca
bogota, Colombia
A gender expert and human rights lawyer with over seven years’ experience in litigation and conducting thorough legal investigations. Wide-ranging practice in investigations into human rights violations and the representation of victims before United Nations committees, regional bodies such as the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American System and national courts.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
July 2018-August 2019: Women´s Link Worldwide- Bogotá, Colombia
Managing Attorney
- Directly litigated and/or supervised strategic litigation in the relevant judicial bodies and courts, in accordance with the objectives of the organization.
- Designed and led projects and multi-disciplinary teams regarding strategic litigation before the courts to advance women’s rights in the organization’s areas of work.
- Contributed to organizational progress through planning, strategy development, monitoring and project evaluation.
- Managed performance and supervised the work of the organization’s lawyers.
- Promoted the effective positioning of Women’s Link with a variety of audiences.

November 2011-July 2018: Women´s Link Worldwide, Madrid, Spain
Staff, Senior to Managing attorney
- Completed legal projects aimed at applying law from a gender perspective as a tool for social change.
- Developed and maintained the strategic alliances required to execute the organization’s legal projects.
- Implemented communications strategies that support and enhance legal work in coordination with team leaders.
- Represented Women´s Link in meetings and national and international conferences.

September 2010-October 2011: Garrigues Law Firm- Madrid, Spain
Junior Lawyer- Economic Criminal Law department
- Prepared complaints, resources and legal documents of all kinds in different areas of Spanish procedural law, such as extraditions, intimidation, defamation, slander, environmental crimes and defense by trial.

February-June 2010: Human Rights Watch, Brussels
Legal internship
- Legal assistant in the International Justice department.
- Performed legal analysis and monitoring of cases of international criminal law in both national and international courts.
- Carried out research and produced reports on different issues in areas related to international justice.

July 2009-January 2010: International Criminal Court- The Hague, Netherlands Legal practices
- Legal Assistant in Sections I and III of the Trial Division for Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito.
- Duties: Carried out research and reports on matters of international criminal law and human rights. Assisted in drafting the judgements and orders issued by Chambers I and III of the Trial Division in the cases of Thomas Lubanga Dylo and Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Provided logistical assistance and support in the holding of hearings.

January-May 2009: Inter-American Court of Human Rights- San José, Costa Rica
Legal practices
- Investigated human rights matters; produced reports; analyzed international human rights jurisprudence; assisted in the handling of contentious cases, advisory opinions and provisional measures; oversaw compliance with the judgements of the Court, and developed legal arguments for specific cases.

October-December 2008: Oxford Reports on International Law - Washington D.C., USA
- Assiste
2018-present: National University of Distance Education (UNED)- Madrid, Spain
Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology

2013: University of Chile-Faculty of Law- Santiago, Chile
Postgraduate specialization – Human and women’s rights: theory and practice
- Thesis: “Sexual violence towards displaced indigenous women during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala: a proposal for a comprehensive reparations process based on a gender perspective”.
- Grade: 6.4/7

2008-2009: American University Washington College of Law- Washington D.C., United States
Master (LLM) in International Public Law (with a focus on human rights and humanitarian law)
- GPA: 3.75/4
- Honors: awarded a scholarship on the basis of academic merit to study the postgraduate course. Relevant modules: International Public Law, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Regional Human Right Systems.

2002-2007: Carlos III University- Madrid, Spain
Double major in Law and Political and Management Science
- End-of-degree prize in political science
- University entrance exam grade: 9.14/10
2004-2005: Montesquieu University (Bordeaux IV), Bordeaux, France
Erasmus scholarship to study courses in Law and Political Science.


2017: University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, Oxford, United Kingdom
Social Anthropology: An Introduction

2016: Gregorio Peces-Barba Foundation for Study and Cooperation in Human Rights
Disability in human rights discourse

2015: Grotius Centre for International Law and the Academy of International Law- The Hague, Netherlands
Advanced Course on International Criminal Law, special focus: gender justice

2015: Transitional Justice Institute - Ulster University- Belfast, United Kingdom
Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations, and Communal Repair

2013: Academy of European Law (ERA)- Strasbourg, France
Improving Conditions Related to Detention - The Role of the ECHR and National Courts

2010: Human Rights Education Associates, online
The United Nations Human Rights System

2010: Pravnik and Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Association: Rule of Law Program, South East Europe- Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Summer School: "Transitional Justice and Human Rights"

2006: Free University of Brussels- Brussels, Belgium
International Summer Program: “External Relations of the European Union”
Relevant modules: Bilateral and Multilateral Relations of the European Union, European Union Relations: Policies and Instruments, New Security Challenges, European Union Policies.

Affiliations and Achievements:

- Spanish (native speaker), English and French (advanced).
- Strong skills in research and drafting claims.
- Advanced planning and workshop leading abilities.
- Excellent interpersonal and team supervision skills.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish
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