Ituarte-Lima is researcher on international environmental law at Stockholm Resilience Centre, and an advisor at SwedBio. Her research examines major legal and governance challenges for sustainability transformations and environmental justice. With a transdisciplinary approach and collaborating with various actors, her work assesses the way in which multilevel legal systems and principles support or inhibit transformations for sustainability with a focus on the new development agenda. She leads a SRC research project on safeguarding biodiversity equitably, which is developed in collaboration with University of Oxford, and funded by the Swedish Research Council (Formas).
She is particularly interested on the linkages of human rights with biodiversity and ecosystems and the transformation of international law into new governance forms at the national and local scales that support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Her research and associated work in law, policy and practice interfaces ranges from extensive on-the ground fieldwork; for example, in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Kenya and Senegal on environmental-related human rights issues; to comparative studies examining the interactions of safeguards in international financing mechanisms under biodiversity law (CBD) and climate law (UNFCCC).
Ituarte-Lima holds a PhD (University College London), MPhil (University of Cambridge), and a Law Degree (U. Iberoamericana). She also received the Human Rights Award from the Washington College of Law. She is international public lawyer with theoretical and applied experience, in both multilateral and community-based initiatives. She has a wide range of publications, such as articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals, book chapters, policy reports, scientific commissions in the law, as well as policy and practice interface targeting a wide audience. She has published in English, Spanish and Japanese. Before joining SRC, She has been a researcher at United Nations University- Institute of advanced Studies in Japan and has worked as Legal Adviser at the Mexican Ministry of the Environment.
She has held visiting status at various academic institutions, including the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford in the UK, the Global Centre of Excellence Programme in Conflict Studies at Osaka University in Japan, ECOSUR in Mexico, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador; and is currently research associate at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University.
Ituarte-Lima acts as expert advisor for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' (IPBES) Expert Group on policy tools and methodologies. She has provided expert advice to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the Global Initiative on Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Targets of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
As part of her work with SwedBio at SRC, she is program officer for SwedBio’s collaborative partnerships with IDLO on advancing legal approaches to biodiversity mainstreaming, which includes the development of a legal assessment tool on human rights and biodiversity, and with Natural Justice on legal empowerment methodologies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and India.
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Niak Koh, PhD candidate
Research news | 2019-06-10
There’s a whole social-ecological crisis behind your morning cup of joe. A new study examines how geographical, time, and legal and institutional scale (mis)matches interplay with the coffee leaf rust outbreak that is affecting small-scale Arabica coffee producers
Research news | 2019-05-22
The European Union Timber Regulation fails to protect biodiversity and the human rights of local people
Research news | 2019-05-09
In this Q & A, centre researcher and IPBES fellow Jan Kuiper explains the essentials of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Research news | 2019-05-09
The centre’s contribution to intergovernmental platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services
2019 - Journal / article
A recent coffee leaf rust epidemic has generated a severe fall in Coffea arabica production throughout Mexico and Central America. This paper analyzes the social–ecological crisis presented by the Hemileia vastatrix outbreak, with a focus on how global, regional and national dynamics interact with local processes in the Chiapas Sierra Madre of south-eastern Mexico, a biodiversity hotspot with a tradition of smallholder, ...
2019 - Journal / article
This article assesses the synergies and conflicts between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the potential role of the CBD principles and rights perspective in improving coherence across these diverse forest-related agreements. We find that both the EUTR, which aims to eliminate illegal wood from EU supply chains, and the CBD, with its core focus on biodiversity an...
2018 - Journal / article
The format for formal international negotiations on environment and development sometimes prevents negotiators from truly listening to each other and adapt pre-existing positions to realize constructive conflict resolution. In this paper we present and analyse “Multi-Actor Dialogue Seminars” (MADS) as an approach to contribute to transformative social learning and conflict resolution, and the contribution to tangible and intan...
2017 - Book chapter
Biodiversity law and human rights law are closely intertwined. Transformative biodiversity laws can build on a wealth of legal instruments at different scales. In this chapter, innovative interpretations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Interamerican System of Human Rights, peace agreements and national laws serve to reveal concrete connections between biodiversity-related human rights specifically property ri...