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Eduardo Arenas Catalán


Dr.mr. E.S. Arenas Catalán
+31 71 527 5054

Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán joined Leiden Law School in 2017, where he lectures European human rights law and social rights. He is also Academic Coordinator for the Advanced Master’s Programme in European and International Human Rights Law.

More information about Eduardo Arenas Catalán

After becoming a lawyer in Chile, Arenas Catalán continued his legal education in the Netherlands. In 2011, he graduated cum laude from the Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University. In his academic career, Arenas Catalán has gained considerable teaching and research experience in both Chile and the Netherlands. In Chile, he taught constitutional law and political science at both Universidad Católica del Norte and Universidad Central. In the Netherlands, he has taught European and international human rights law at the Utrecht School of Law, at the University College Utrecht and at Leiden Law School.

Arenas Catalán’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 human right to health, he wrote his doctoral thesis at Utrecht University. This work was 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. The thesis, motivated by the challenge of organizing access to healthcare independently of economic status, develops a sharp critique against the interpretation of the right to health under international human rights law. The thesis also discusses the implications of the principle of solidarity over human rights law and the right to health in particular. In 2018 this work was chosen in an international competition and awarded the Theo van Boven Maastricht Research Prize of International Law.


  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Europees Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.33



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