Laura Alejandra Barreto Navarro

Colombia | Batch 2018-2019

Thoughts on the programme: I chose the M.A. Human Rights at FAU because I find the interdisciplinary approach to contemporaneous issues regarding human rights worldwide very interesting and necessary to face today’s challenges.

The division of the programme in seminar and lecture classes allows both the learning and application of law, philosophy and politics of human rights in an integral way. This makes it possible to see the consequences of the theory in actual empirical phase; this –along with the tools the professors and the classes themselves give– makes it easier to identify the gaps and flaws in the protection of human rights and to come up with solutions for them.

Choosing the M.A. Human Rights at FAU has been one of the best decisions I have made in my career, the program has allowed me to exchange experiences with people from all around the world that are as impassioned as myself, and learn from them and their background. FAU is an outstanding university with very qualified professors that genuinely care about their students and their development which I could feel from day one.

Professional background: My professional experience has developed mostly as a lawyer, and human rights defender, working in a local NGO in Colombia called Comisión Colombiana de Juristas. During this period, I had the chance to grow immensely personally and professionally and helped me figure out what I am passionate about.

I am from a country with a history of civil conflict that has had many official and unofficial actors. The civil conflict itself lasted for over half a century, and we are now facing postconflict challenges after the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016. My goals are focused mainly on the reconstruction of the colombian and Latin American societies and the search for the truth as opposed to impunity. I am also interested in the protection of vulnerable individuals and communities in their defence of dignity, sovereignty and self-determination.

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