Dr. Nicolás Espejo Yaksic is a guest staff member in Child Law at Leiden University, Institute for Private Law, since 1 april 2021.
Dr. Nicolás Espejo Yaksic is Researcher at the Centre for Constitutional Studies of the Supreme Court of Mexico, where he leads various projects on constitutional and family law, from a human rights perspective. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the Leiden Children's Rights Observatory, University of Leiden; Visiting Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford University (2019-2021) and coordinator of the International Network on Constitutional Family Law (INCFL). He has worked as a permanent consultant for UNICEF in Latin America and as advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSVAC) in New York.
Nicolás was the co-founder and Director of the Human Rights Centre at Diego Portales University, in Santiago de Chile and Representative of the Centre for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), in the same country. He was also de coordinator of the International Network on Public Interest Law Legal Clinics, and association of academic and professional experts on human rights from the Americas. He has also advised and accompany the work of various non-governmental organisations and advice governments, in the field of human rights and the rights of the child.
Nicolás has extensively researched and taught in the field of human rights in both theory and practice. In the last decade he has focused his work on child rights, including juvenile justice, child abuse and constitutional and family law. Among his most recent publications are his books on Surrogacy in Latin-America, 2022 (forthcoming) and The Constitutionalisation of Family Law in Latin America, 2002 (forthcoming), both with Intersentia, UK; Responsabilidad Parental, Niñez y Constitución (Parental Responsibility, Children and the Constitution) 2021, Mexico; “Constitutional Children’s Rights in Mexico”, 2021, in Constitutionalisation of Children´s Rights, 2021, Intersentia, UK; Derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes”, in Derechos Fundamentales, Editorial Tirant Lo Blanch, Santiago, Chile; “Specialised child justice systems in Latin America. From national legal standards to effective implementation”, 2019, in Violence Against Children in the Criminal Justice System, Routledge, UK; “Towards the constitutionalisation of Family Law in Latin America”, 2019, in Cambridge Companion to Comparative Family Law, UK and; Discapacidad Intelectual y Derecho (Intelectual Disabilities and the Law), 2019, Thomson Reuters, Chile.