Master's Degree in
Rights of Nature and Intercultural Justice
Master’s Degree in Rights of Nature and Intercultural Justice
Every 15 days:
Friday: 9.30 am to 6.45 pm
Saturday: 8.30 am to 6.15 pm
Monday to Friday: 7.00 am to 9.00 am
The final course schedule may be subject to variation.
Calendar every 15 days
- Lecture period: October 2020 to March 2022
- Research period: April to September 2022
Monday to Friday calendar
- Lecture period: October 2020 to December 2021
- Research period: January 2022 to September 2022
Applicants are preferably required to hold an undergraduate degree in Law qualifying the holder to pursue postgraduate education. However, due to the characteristics of the programme, we may also consider applications from professionals in other fields with at least 1 year of accredited academic, research and professional experience in the promotion, dissemination and defence of nature and legal pluralism.
Application form (to be filled in online)
Legible colour copy of identity card or passport
Legible copy of degree diploma and proof of registration with the Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) of Ecuador (regarding the admission profile).
International applicants must submit an apostilled or legalised copy of their degree diploma by the consulate, depending on the case.
Certificate of qualifications obtained in the bachelor's degree.
An essay justifying and indicating the application of the master's studies in your field of work (3 to 5 pages)
Sitting an admission test
Attending a personal interview if required
Language requirements: applicants must submit an English language certificate, with a minimum level of B1 (Common European Framework of Reference)
Registration fees: USD 30 for nationals and USD 40 for foreigners.
In order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to complete both grades and attendance requirements established in each programme, pass the academic content of the teaching syllabus and carry out the corresponding degree work.
The Master's Degree in Rights of Nature and Intercultural Justice will prepare professionals, from an historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, to address the conflicts that are generated in the processes of dispossession of natural resources or goods. The aim is to accentuate the interrelations between socio-environmental conflicts and justice from an intercultural perspective that recognises nature as a subject of rights and the collective rights of peoples and nationalities whose relationship with nature has always been one of protection.
In view of the above, the programme stands upon the following main disciplinary thread lines:
Training in plural, intercultural epistemologies, and in critical views of classical, monist understanding of the law.
A specific training in how to use tools and strategies to identify and solve socio-environmental and socio-legal conflicts.
A comprehensive and interdisciplinary education drawing from socio-legal studies involving sociology, anthropology, political science and law.
This programme meets an urgent social and legal demand in our country and region as there are no training programmes that bring together the study of environmental law and the construction of intercultural justice.
Upon graduation, the students, trained as analysts, researchers and intercultural and transnational operators in nature protection, will be able to contribute both to the understanding of conflicts in the intercultural contexts that have characterised the history of the region, and to the promotion of harmonious forms of interaction, intercultural dialogue between human beings and between them and the ecosystems.
To know the main theoretical and methodological references regarding the basis of conflict dynamics that generate over-exploitation of nature, as well as the legal and political actions with an intercultural perspective to counteract them.
To critically understand, from a historical, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspective, the rights of nature, and the social and socio-environmental conflicts, and to solve them from an intercultural perspective.
To apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge provided by the master’s degree in order to solve, from an intercultural perspective, the diverse conflicts that arise from the relationship between culture and nature in unsustainable economic systems.
To put into practice, from an intercultural perspective, the fundamental principles of the rights of nature and the intercultural processes involved in the settling of socio-environmental conflicts in order to contribute to intercultural dialogue.
Graduation requirements and credits
According to the University's "Performance standards for postgraduate programmes", graduate students must complete a total of 90 credits, 78 of which correspond to the lecture period and 12 to the research period.
Graduates will be able to:
Provide advice and support, from a perspective that combines intercultural, democratic and deliberative approaches, in the legal processes to defend nature linked to social, ecological and cultural conflicts.
Understand the founding theories of the rights of nature and intercultural justice, which critically explain the models of development, the deterioration of nature and the resolution of socio-environmental and socio-cultural conflicts.
Apply research methodologies in order to identify and manage, with an intercultural approach, the socio-environmental and socio-cultural conflicts derived from the defence of nature.
Identify with an intercultural perspective the strategies to protect the rights of nature and to supervise the dialogue processes that lead to the construction of more democratic societies.
The rights of Nature
Legal pluralism and interculturality
Socio-environmental conflict and democratic governance
Territorial autonomy and collective rights
Nature, interculturality and rights: foundations for their synergic interfaces
Economics and political ecology of extractivism
Legal pluralism and interculturality
State and conflicts: environmental governance and alternative paradigms
History of socio-environmental violence and conflict in Latin America
Hermeneutics and intercultural argumentation
Territories, Peace and Autonomy
Transitional justice from an intercultural perspective and global justice mechanisms
Analysis, management and resolution of socio-environmental conflicts
Social Movements: incidence strategies and strategic intercultural litigation
Differential approaches to intercultural justice
Academic writing and research methodologies
Adriana Rodríguez C. (email@example.com)
Lawyer of the Courts and Tribunals of the Republic of Ecuador, University of Guayaquil; Specialist in Constitutional Justice, University of Castilla-La Mancha; Master’s Degree in Human Rights, National University of La Plata; PhD in International Law, University of Buenos Aires.
Ramiro Ávila S. Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Sciences, Lawyer and PhD in Jurisprudence, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito (PUCE); Master’s Degree in Law, Columbia Law School, New York; Master’s Degree and PhD in Sociology of Law, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.
Carlos Larrea Maldonado. Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Bariloche Foundation; PhD in Political Economy, York University, Toronto; Postdoctoral researcher in Health and Development, Harvard University-OPS, Boston. Senior research fellow, CLACSO-IEE, “Social effects of dollarization in Ecuador” (2002). Visiting scholar on “Inequality and health in Latin America” at Harvard University.
Pablo Ospina Peralta. Bachelor’s Degree in History, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito; Higher Diploma in Amazonian Studies, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador; Master's Degree in Anthropology, Iberoamerican University, Mexico City and PhD at CEDLA, University of Amsterdam.
Marco Navas Alvear. PhD in Jurisprudence and Lawyer, Central University of Ecuador, Quito; Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, mention in Communication, Simón Bolívar Andean University, Ecuador, Quito (UASB-E); PhD in Political Science, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin; Specialist in Constitutional Justice, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Adriana Rodríguez Caguana. Bachelor’s Degree in Legal and Social Sciences, Lawyer of the Courts of Justice of Ecuador, Master's Degree in Human Rights, National University of La Plata; Specialization in Constitutional Justice, University of Castilla-La Mancha and PhD in International Law, University of Buenos Aires.
Miriam Antonia Lang. Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, Institute for Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin and PhD in Sociology, Free University of Berlin.
Agustín Grijalva. Lawyer and PhD in Jurisprudence, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito (PUCE); Master’s Degree in Political Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence; PhD in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.
Gina Benavides Llerena. PhD in Jurisprudence, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito; Senior Specialist in Human Rights and Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democracy in Latin America, mention in Public Policy, Simón Bolívar Andean University, Ecuador, Quito.
Carlos Reyes Valenzuela. Psychologist, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso; Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Governance, Autonomous University of Madrid; PhD in Psychology, Autonomous University of Madrid.
María Augusta León. Lawyer, SEK University, Quito; Finance Engineer, International University of Ecuador, Quito; Master’s Degree in Business Management, National Polytechnic School, Quito; Master’s Degree in Comparative Law and PhD in Law, University of Bonn.
Lecturers and guest lecturers
Manuel Restrepo Medina. Lawyer, Specialist in Financial Legislation, University of Los Andes; Master’s Degree in Political Studies, Pontifical Xavierian University; Master’s Degree in Administrative Law, National Del Rosario University; Master’s Degree in Procedural Law, Alfonso X el Sabio University and PhD in Law, Alfonso X el Sabio University.
Liliana Estupiñán Achury. Lawyer and PhD in Sociology of Law and Political Institutions, Externado University of Colombia; Associate professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, Free University of Colombia.
Franklin Ramírez Gallego. Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Master’s Degree in International Relations, FLACSO-Ecuador; Master’s Degree in Political Science, International University of Andalucía and PhD in Sociology, Paris Diderot University.
International guest speakers of the OPT-IN Project
Guillaume Tusseau. Professor of Public Law at the Sciences Po Law School (Paris); Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
Javier Díaz Revorio. Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Giorgia Pavani. Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna.
Silvia Bagni. Associate professor of Comparative Public Law, Department of Legal Sciences, University of Bologna.
FEES ECUADORIAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN STUDENTS *
* Total fees for non-South American students:
USD 11,900.00 (of which 1,000.00 USD correspond to registration and 10,900.00 to tuition fees)
During the registration period, if you choose to pay the tuition fees in cash, you will receive a 10% discount.
The University’s direct loan programme: monthly or quarterly instalments.
Credit cards Diners, Discover, Visa and Mastercard (Pichincha Bank) or Visa and Mastercard (Produbanco): up to 12 months interest-free payments.
Other credit cards: up to 24 monthly payments with an interest rate established by the credit card issuer.
Other financial institutions: the university will provide the required documents to complete the educational credit procedure.
Simón Bolívar Andean University, Ecuador
Toledo N22-80 • P.O. Box: 17-12-569 • Quito, Ecuador
Telephones: (593-2) 322 8085, 299 3600 • Fax: (593-2) 322 8426