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Profile summary

  • International environmental law
  • Multilevel governance for sustainable development
  • International human rights law
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Comparative law and policy
  • Environmental and social safeguards

Claudia Ituarte-Lima specializes in legal and governance transformations for sustainable development and environmental justice

Ituarte-Lima is researcher on international environmental law at Stockholm Resilience Centre, and an advisor at SwedBio. Her research examines major legal and governance challenges for sustainability transformations and environmental justice.

With a transdisciplinary approach and collaborating with various actors, her work assesses the way in which multilevel legal systems and principles support or inhibit transformations for sustainability with a focus on the new development agenda. She leads a SRC research project on safeguarding biodiversity equitably, which is developed in collaboration with University of Oxford, and funded by the Swedish Research Council (Formas).

She is particularly interested on the linkages of human rights with biodiversity and ecosystems and the transformation of international law into new governance forms at the national and local scales that support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Her research and associated work in law, policy and practice interfaces ranges from extensive on-the ground fieldwork; for example, in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Kenya and Senegal on environmental-related human rights issues; to comparative studies examining the interactions of safeguards in international financing mechanisms under biodiversity law (CBD) and climate law (UNFCCC).

Ituarte-Lima holds a PhD (University College London), MPhil (University of Cambridge), and a Law Degree (U. Iberoamericana). She also received the Human Rights Award from the Washington College of Law. She is international public lawyer with theoretical and applied experience, in both multilateral and community-based initiatives.

She has a wide range of publications, such as articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals, book chapters, policy reports, scientific commissions in the law, as well as policy and practice interface targeting a wide audience. She has published in English, Spanish and Japanese. Before joining SRC, She has been a researcher at United Nations University- Institute of advanced Studies in Japan and has worked as Legal Adviser at the Mexican Ministry of the Environment.

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, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador; and is currently research associate at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University.

Ituarte-Lima acts as expert advisor for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' (IPBES) Expert Group on policy tools and methodologies.

She has provided expert advice to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the Global Initiative on Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Targets of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

As part of her work with SwedBio at SRC, she is program officer for SwedBio’s collaborative partnerships with IDLO on advancing legal approaches to biodiversity mainstreaming, which includes the development of a legal assessment tool on human rights and biodiversity, and with Natural Justice on legal empowerment methodologies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and India.

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Publications by Ituarte-Lima, Claudia