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Miriam Estrada-Castillo

Experience. Passion and Creativity.

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EXPERIENCE

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL COUNTER-TERRORISM COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE (CTED), Senior legal officer. 

Role: Monitoring the criminal justice systems of countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin American on their compliance with SCResolutions 1373 (2001) and SC Resolution 1624 (2005).

UN DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS.

a) International Prosecutor General in East-Timor,
b) Senior Legal Adviser to the Prosecutor General of East-Timor,
c) Senior Legal Adviser to the Minister of Justice of East-Timor.

Dr Estrada contributed to organise the Timorese Judicial and Prosecution services by writing its fundamental laws and establishing the Superior Council of the Judiciary. She created the National Policy on Legal Education with the inclusion of Gender and Human Rights principles on it, trained members of the police, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and public defenders and designed and established the training academic curricula of the Timorese Judicial Training Centre.

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW) Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee.  Member of the group who drafted the CEDAW Optional Protocol,

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Chief of Field of the for implementing the National Human Rights Action Plans for Ecuador and Latin America

UNESCO, Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for

ANDEAN PARLIAMENT,Special Adviser on Gender and Human Rights.

THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR, Minister of Social Affairs

NATIONAL PARLIAMENT AND THE ECUADORIAN SUPREME COURT ON HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER, WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND FAMILY LEGISLATION, Special Adviser.  

Dr. Miriam Estrada-Carrillo - Special consultant

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Professor Dr. Miriam Estrada is a Leading International Senior Human Rights, Gender and Counterterrorism Expert, is known as the first Ecuadorian woman ever deployed to a UN peace keeping operation Mission of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as a member of the first Civilian Support Group of Advisers elected by the UN Security Council as "the one hundred most highly qualified candidates in the world" under the recommendations of "The Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations", commonly known as the Brahimi Report and since 2017, special consultant for HDUARTE-LEX.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Political crisis, international criminal law, human rights, gender, women’s and children rights, counter-terrorism and de-radicalisation, rule of law, international accountability mechanisms, peace-building, women, peace and security, justice’s administration, legal and political analysis and human rights on-line design and training.

Awards   

Amongst others awards and recognitions, she holds the following awards:  

  1. Illustrious Citizen National Parliament of Ecuador for her work on Human Rights in the world.
  2. Received the “Bertha Lutz Award” from the Latin American Women’s Council in New York
  3. The National Medal of Honour in the Grade of “Caballero” from the National Parliament of Ecuador for her contribution to the Construction of a Culture of Human Rights, Social Justice, and Peace in Ecuador.
  4. She was awarded by the International Latin American Ombudsman Federation for the outstanding support to the promotion and diffusion of Human Rights within South-America.
  5. She received the Medal of Honour from the Andean Parliament for her contribution to the development of Social Justice Policies within the Latin-American Region.
  6. Special Award “Universidad de Guayaquil” for the most outstanding Doctoral Thesis: “Revolution, Art and Human Rights”.

ACADEMICS

Professor within the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the University for PeaceProfessor at Lund University in Sweden teaching Gender and Human Rights and Children in Armed Conflicts for Master Degree students.  

Besides, she lectures regularly at Istanbul University, Turkey; Mandalay University, Myanmar; Mahidol University, Thailand; Belarus State University (BSU), Belarus National Technical University (BNTU), the Royal University for Law and Economics in Cambodia; and at the Faculty of International Law Hanoi University, Vietnam on Rule of Law and Human Rights and their role in International Law. Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University

Professor Estrada is the author of the Ecuadorian Legislation for Minors and Family currently in force in Ecuador and of the first Law of Violence against Women in the country. 

In the academic field, Dr Estrada has organised, founded and directed a number of Human Rights Postgraduate Courses:

  1. First Human Rights Distance Learning Education Course for 243 Universities in Latin American and Spain
  2. First Postgraduate Specialisation Course on Human Rights and the chair "Culture of Peace and non-Violence" at the Central University of Ecuador
  3. The Human Rights and Democracy’ chair and the Women’s Rights postgraduate Master degree at the University of Guayaquil.
  4. As Special Adviser to UNICEF, Dr Estrada created the Latin American Curricula for Children Rights—Juvenile Justice-- adopted by the Universities of the Region.
  5. She was the Director and Founder Professor of the Chair Human Rights and Democracy, at the University of Guayaquil and worked as Professor of International Criminal Law for twelve years at the same University.