Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán is a lecturer and a researcher at Leiden University Law School. From this year he is a Fellow of the Meijers Research Institute at the research programme: ‘Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World’. He also works as the Academic Coordinator of the Advanced Master’s in European and International Human Rights Law.
After studying and graduating as a lawyer in Chile, Eduardo continued his legal education in the Netherlands. In 2011, he graduated cum laude from the Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University. He has also been the Chair of the PhD Council of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research (2014-2017) and an active member of its Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Similarly, Eduardo has taught in both Chile and the Netherlands. In Chile, he taught constitutional law and political science. In the Netherlands, he taught international human rights law at the Utrecht School of Law and at the University College Utrecht.
Eduardo’s area of research is placed in the field of international human rights law and human rights legal theory. He is particularly interested in the intersection between human rights law and social justice. Looking at this area from the perspective of the international human right to health, he wrote his doctoral thesis at Utrecht University titled: ‘Solidarity and the Right to Health in the Era of Healthcare Commercialization’. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to international human rights law, this study analyses the human right to health from a critical perspective. His thesis is motivated by the challenge of organizing access to healthcare independently of economic status. Analyzing the international justice concepts currently underpinning the right to health, the thesis suggests alternative ways of envisioning this human right to more fully address today’s pressing economic disparities.