Koldo Casla

Koldo Casla


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Biographical details

PhD candidate at King’s College London, studying why Western European states promote international human rights law from the combined perspectives of English School of International Relations and Critical Legal Studies.

Policy, Research and Training Officer in Just Fair, organisation dedicated to the promotion and advocacy of economic and social rights in the UK.

Former Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Basque Country (Ararteko) (2011-2013) and coordinator of Rainbow Has project on the prevention of homophobic bullying in schools, funded by the European Commission (2013-2014). Researcher on the rights to housing and health in Spain for Amnesty International (2014-2016).

Chair of the BISA Postgraduate Network Committee 2016-2017 (Vice-Chair 2015-2016).

LLB in International and European Law, University of the Basque Country (Spain); MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights, University of Essex (UK); Fulbright MA in International Studies, University of Denver (USA). 

Research interests

Human Rights; European politics; International Relations; International Law; Public policy; Foreign policy; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Social movement theory and practice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, “Social Movements and the Construction of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: What if Rights Were Not the Solution?” /// “Human Rights in Foreign Policy in and of the European Union: A Model of Analysis”, University of Denver

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Arts, “Impact Assessment of Non Governmental Organisations on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”, University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Laws, “The Interdependence of Human Rights and the Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”, University of the Basque Country

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

External positions

Chair of the Postgraduate Network, British International Studies Association

1 Jun 201531 Mar 2017


  • JA Political science (General)
  • human rights
  • JX International law
  • international human rights law
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • European Union
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • JZ International relations


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