ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

José Manuel Barreto


FotoDepartment of Law,
Catholic University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
E-Mail: jmbarreto@ucatolica.edu.co


José-Manuel Barreto studied Law at the Externado University of Colombia, Bogotá, and holds a BA in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia, Bogotá, as well as a MA in Human Rights from the Iinstitute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. In 2009, he received his PhD in Law for the thesis "The Decolonial Turn and Sympathy: A Critique of the Eurocentric and Rationalist Theory of Human Rights" at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 2011 until 2013, he was a Research Fellow at the Unit for Global Justice of the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, before he became a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the program "Rechtskulturen" of the "Forum Transregionale Studien" at Humboldt-University, Berlin, in 2013. From October 2014 to September 2015, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Recht als Kultur, University of Bonn. He then was a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt. In 2016 he was an Invited Professor at the University of the Andes, Bogotá, and since 2018 he is a Professor at the Law School of the Catholic University of Colombia, Bogotá.

Current Main Research Interests

José-Manuel Barreto is working on three lines of Research. He is engaged in the geopolitical and epistemological project of decolonising knowledge. He has been also working in re-writing the history of human rights and international law in the context of modern colonialism, as well as in re-thinking and decolonising them. Finally, he has written on the question of how emotions, art and telling stories can contribute to strengthening the global human rights culture.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Barreto, J-M. (Forthcoming, 2020). "Visiones Europeas y Tercermundistas de la Historia del Derecho Internacional: La Crisis del Paradigma Estado-Céntrico." Estudios Sociales
  • Barreto, J-M. (2018). "Decolonial Thinking and the Quest for Decolonising Human Rights." Asian Journal of Social Science 46, no. 4-5: 484-502.
  • Barreto, J-M. (2018). Eurocentric and Third-World Histories of Human Rights: Critique, Recognition and Dialogue." In Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, edited by Birgit Schippers, 159-178. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Barreto, J-M, ed. (2013). Human Rights from a Third-World Perspective: Critique, History and International Law (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
  • Barreto, J-M. (2012). "Decolonial Strategies and Dialogue in the Human Rights Field. A Manifesto." Transnational Legal Theory 3, no. 1: 1-29.