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Laura Ospina

Alumna, M.S.

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where I got my undergraduate degree in Law. After graduating I moved to the Netherlands for a year to pursue an LLM in International Human Rights. In 2009 I returned to Colombia where for the past years  worked as a legal researcher in various national and international research centers, focusing mainly on armed conflict research, reduction of impunity, security sector reform (SSR) and the mitigation on the proliferation of small arms. Short after this I moved over to the public sector where I started working for the Colombian Presidential Program of Human Rights, as part of the State legal team litigating before the Inter-American Human Rights System and producing state briefs for the International Criminal Court. While working for the government I began to realize the close link between human rights and development issues present throughout the inner workings of the country and in lieu of the possible end of the more than 60 yearlong conflict, I decided to expand my understanding of the close link between such disciplines. As such I enrolled at the Payson Center, with specific interest in development, human rights and armed conflict, post-conflict and transitional justice.

Primary Classification: 
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws), Universidad de los Andes, 2008
  • LLM (Master of Laws), Universiteit Utrecht, International Human Rights and Criminal Justice, 2009 
  • MS, Tulane University Law School Payson Center for International Development, International Development, 2015
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