Victoria Schmeda


Victoria Schmeda - 242Victoria Schmeda is a PhD Candidate at the Law School, Middlesex University in London. Her research interest is focussed on the human rights of the indigenous communities. She graduated in Law at Universidad de Talca, Chile, in 2008, and received her Lawyer professional qualification by the Chilean Supreme Court in 2009.

In 2006, she was visiting student at Università di Genova, Italy, to research best practices on Class Actions and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Back to Chile, she was collaborated as Course Assistant for the Chairs of Environmental Law and Law & Economics undergraduate courses, and supported the experts' team for the submission of the final report titled "Final Observations of the Racial Discrimination Elimination Committee on Latin America and the Caribbean (1970-2006)" to the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office, June 2006.
After moving to London, she received her LLM with Merit in Minorities, Rights and the Law from Middlesex University in 2010.

She volunteered with Forest Peoples Programme NGO on a programme for indigenous women's rights in Latin American and Africa, and as Research Assistant with the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, in the framework of a project on Corporate Social Responsibility sponsored by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, the World Bank and the International Bar Association.

Victoria is member of the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGA), Copenhagen. She also has experience of working as Magistrate's Assistant in a Chilean Family Law Court, as well as junior Legal Counsel with a number of local legal firms.

Languages spoken

  • Spanish
  • Italian


LLB, Universidad de Talca, Chile, 2008

Título de Abogado ('Call to the bar' Chilean equivalent), Corte Suprema de Justicia de Chile, 2009

LLM Minorities, Rights and the Law (Merit), Middlesex University, London, 2010 – dissertation titled "Indigenous Women's Rights in the Americas. An Analysis of the Inter-American Human Rights System on the Protection of the Indigenous Women"

Research Interests

  • Human Rights Law of the Indigenous Communities
  • Human Rights of the Latin American Indigenous Communities
  • Sustainable Development and Climate Change

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