María López Belloso

María López Belloso


University of Deusto


She holds a degree in Law from the University of Deusto and a PhD in Human Rights earned at the same University. She has a solid background in research, both in scientific production and in research management, as well as teaching experience in the Faculty of Law of the UPV-EHU. The focus of her research is on the conflict in Western Sahara, which has addressed from different perspectives such as Local Human Development or gender equality, but mainly from the perspective of human rights, specifically from the rights of victims of forced disappearance, and transitional justice. Her thesis on Truth, justice and reparation processes for victims of forced disappearance in Western Sahara received the Brunet Award in 2017. She also focuses on the emerging possibilities and potential application of new technologies to the promotion and advocacy of Human Rights. She has coordinated the Cluster on Human Rights and New Technologies in the EMA MA in the Global Campus (Lido) and has worked for several years with the international projects at the Engineering Faculty at the University of Deusto. She bets on an interdisciplinary approach to improve protection systems and to develop innovative human rights protection tools. She is actually the project manager of the Gearing Roles Project (H2020)

  • Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Gender Equality
  • New Technologies
  • PhD on Human Rights Ethical, Social and Political Challenges., 2017

    University of Deusto

  • Diploma of Advanced Studies on International Public Law and International Relations, 2007


  • Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA), 2004

    University of Deusto

  • Bachelor in Law, 2002

    University of Deusto


Human Rights


Gender Equality


New Technologies



EMA Master on Human Rights
University of Venezia
Jan 2019 – Present Italy
  • Coordination of the Cluster on Human Rights and New Technologies
  • Module on Human Right to Health and New Technologies
Public International Law
University of Deusto
Jan 2019 – Jan 2020 Bilbao
Social and Human Sciences Faculty.
On Line Master on Strategies, agents and cooperation for development policies
Public Institutions and NGOS in Cooperation for Development
Jan 2019 – Jan 2020 Bilbao
Social and Human Sciences Faculty.
Public International Law Lecturer
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012 Bilbao
Social and Human Sciences Faculty.
Financial Law Lecturer
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012 Bilbao
Social and Human Sciences Faculty.


Gender Equality Actions in Research Institutions to traNsform Gender ROLES (GEARING-Roles) is a strong multidisciplinary consortium of 10 European academic and non-academic partners that will design, implement, and evaluate 6 Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) following the steps described in the GEAR tool (define, plan, act and check) with the firm objective of challenging and transforming gender roles and identities linked to professional careers, and work towards real institutional change.

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Recent Publications

(2021). El delito de trata de seres humanos en los tribunales de justicia de la Comunidad Autónoma Vasca. IgualdadES.


(2021). The application of Feminist Standpoint Theory in social research. Investigaciones Feministas.

Cite Project DOI

(2019). Procesos de verdad, justicia y reparación a las vı́ctimas de desaparición forzada en el Sahara Occidental. Universidad Pública de Navarra/Nafarroako Unibertsitate Publikoa.


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