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Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

Position: Lecturer
Email Address: D.A.Gonzalez-Salzberg@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6767
Room No: AF08


Academic Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Law in September 2014. Prior to this position, I was based at the University of Reading, School of Law, where I completed my PhD on human rights law and queer theory. Before moving to the United Kingdom, I have worked as a lawyer on human rights law in my home country (Argentina) both for a human rights NGO and a governmental department.

I specialise in International Human Rights Law, with a strong interest in the work of international courts and monitoring bodies. Within the last few years my research has focused on the work of both the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. I have made use of queer theory to explore the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on sexuality and trans* rights. My research in this area has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and American University International Law Review. My monograph: Sexuality and Transsexuality under the European Convention on Human Rights is forthcoming with Hart.

Furthermore, I have conducted research on the work of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the last ten years. My research has benefited from the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore different areas of the Court’s work, such as the examination of preliminary objections (Human Rights Law Review), the compliance with reparations (International Law: Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional, Sur – International Journal on Human Rights and Revista do Instituto Brasileiro de Direitos Humanos) and my ongoing research focuses on the Court’s method to quantify compensation following a violation of human rights.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Law, University of Reading
  • Diploma in International and Comparative Law of Human Rights, Institut International des Droits de l'Homme
  • Diploma of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University
  • MA in International Relations, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
  • MA in Public Administration and Public Policy, University of York
  • Attorney-at-Law, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Teaching and Learning

I favour a research-led approach to teaching, meaning both informing my teaching with my research and encouraging students to take an active role in their studies by conducting research into their own areas of interest. I particularly enjoy making use of a variety of active teaching methods, including moot court proceedings, group debates, and role-playing, as I believe these methods help students to become more critical and allow them to develop their own potential. My enthusiastic approach to teaching has been recognised by both my students and my peers and I have been awarded teaching prizes from Sheffield Students Union and from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
International Human Rights Law (Convenor) International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations (Convenor)
Gender, Sexuality and Law (Convenor)
The Theory and Practice of the Human Rights Act 1998
Foundations of International Law
Special Project: International Mooting

Research Interests

  • International and Regional Protection of Human Rights
  • The Work of International Courts
  • Domestic Implementation of International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights Methods and Methodologies
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Feminist and Queer Legal Theories.

I am currently the Deputy Director of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Inter-American, European and African Human Rights Systems
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Feminist and Queer Legal Theories

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • University of Salamanca (Spain), February 2016, Conference organised by the LGBT Association “Iguales”. Presentation: Derechos humanos desde una perspectiva queer [Human rights from a queer perspective].

  • University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), May 2015, Sexualities and transsexualities in international human rights law. Presentation: La construcción de la sexualidad y transexualidad en el derechos internacional de los derechos humanos [The construction of sexuality and transsexuality in international human rights law].

  • University of York (UK), May 2014, Sexual Orientation and the European Convention on Human Rights: Voices and Perspectives. Presentation: Deconstructing and re-constructing the European Court of Human Rights’ ideas about human sexuality.

Key Projects and Grants

Title/Description: Marginalisation and the Law: Medieval and Modern
Awarding Body: White Rose Collaboration Fund    
People Involved: A consortium of 6 academics from Leeds, Sheffield and York
Dates: Sept. 2017 – Sept. 2018  
Amount: £10,985.00 
Title/Description: The teaching of International Human Rights Law
Awarding Body: Santander UK  
People Involved: D Gonzalez-Salzberg & J. A. Travieso (UBA  
Dates: May 2015
Amount: £1,050.00 
Title/Description: International Human Rights Law through a queer lens
Awarding Body: University of Reading
People Involved: D Gonzalez-Salzberg
Dates: Sept. 2011 - Sept. 2014
Amount: £78,090.00

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Diploma and Gold Medal of the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (2013)
  • 2013 Human Rights Essay Award, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University, Washington College of Law.
  • I have reviewed diverse academic articles in the area of human rights for peer-reviewed journals from Latin-America and United Kingdom.
  • Member of the Institut International des Droits de l‘Homme
  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2014) The Accepted Transsexual and the Absent Transgender: A Queer Reading of the Regulation of Sex/Gender by the European Court of Human Rights. American University International Law Review, 29(4), 797-829. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2014) Do States comply with the compulsory judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights? An empirical study of the compliance with 330 measures of reparation. Revista do Instituto Brasileiro de Direitos Humanos, 13, 93-114. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2014) 'The making of the Court’s homosexual: a queer reading of the European Court of Human Rights’ case law on same-sex sexuality’. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 65(4). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2012) ‘Do preliminary objections truly object to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights?'. Human Rights Law Review, 12(2). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2011) ‘The implementation of decisions from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Argentina: an analysis of the jurisprudential swings of the Supreme Court’. Sur - International Journal on Human Rights, 8. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gonzalez-Salzberg DA (2010) ‘The effectiveness of the Inter-American Human Rights System: a study of the American States’ compliance with the judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’. International Law: Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional, 16. RIS download Bibtex download