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Senior Lecturer, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr Da Costa's research interests relate to international human rights law, including the impact of disasters on the enjoyment of human rights.

She lectures at different postgraduate programs, such as the Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice (Erasmus Mundus), the Master's Programme in Global Health and in the Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights.

She brings solid experience working at different academic and practitioners’ institutions, such as the Faculty of Laws, University College London and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has also conducted desk and fieldwork research in different consultancies for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Karen is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Yearbook of Internationial Disaster Law (Brill).

In the intensive course, she will deliver two sessions within the intensive course: the first one on the right to access the territory of a disaster-affected State, and on the possible extension of the R2P doctrine to these situations; a second one on the role of corporate actors in triggering disasters and on the means available to brining redress to the victims. 


Selected Publications

K da Costa, Global Non-State Actors (2018), Yearbook of International Disaster Law 1 (2019)

K da Costa, M Eburn, A Collins, Recognising Limits of International Law in Disaster Risk Reduction as Problem and Solution, in K Samuel, M Aronsson-Storrier and K Bookmiller, Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction in International Law, Cambridge University Press (2019)

K da Costa, R.I.P. R2P: On the controversial ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine and why it adds no value to disasters, in E Sommario, F Zorzi Giustiniani, F Casolari, G Bartolini, Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters, Routledge (2018)

K da Costa, E. Raju, Governance in the Sendai: a way ahead?, Disaster Prevention and Management (2018) 

K da Costa, P. Pospiensza, Can laws and policies foster disaster risk reduction? The case study of Brazil with particular focus on housing laws, policies and programmes, Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents, Routledge (2017) 


For more information visit her profile page at the website of the University of Gothenburg.