The Institute for the Study of Human Rights welcomes scholars wishing to engage in research in the area of human rights. The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to link the visiting scholars with the Columbia community by providing connections to faculty members and encouraging participation in conferences and seminars.
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Matheus Hernandez is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University for the 2017-2018 academic year where he is conducting a research on the OHCHR-NY. He is a Professor of International Relations at Faculty of Law and International Relations at Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD) in Brazil. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Unicamp, Brazil. His thesis (PhD Unicamp, 2015) on the institutional development of the OHCHR was considered the Best Political Science PhD Thesis of 2015 in Brazil according to National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences. His research interests encompass international organizations, mainly the UN, and human rights field. He is author of The Vienna Conference and the Human Rights Internationalization (Juruá Press 2014). His research has appeared in Cadernos de Política Exterior – Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazilian Journal of International Relations, Revista de Direito Internacional, The Age of Human Rights Journal and in edited volumes. Matheus was a member of the research team of the Brazilian National Truth Commission. He also worked as Editorial Assistant at Brazilian NGO Conectas in 2011.