Luciano Bottini Filho

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Dr Luciano Bottini Filho PhD LLM

Lecturer in Human Rights


I explore human rights within global health law and governance,  in particular  how State obligations steer resource mobilisation and priority-setting decisions. My expertise also extends to economic and social rights in a broader context, encompassing litigation and social mobilisation, with a focus on employing decolonial methodologies in human rights research.


I am a lecturer within the human rights subject group, teaching on the MA/LLM in Applied Human Rights course and modules related to human rights at the Law and Criminology Department.

I possess a PhD from the University of Bristol, having been awarded the Modern Law Review Scholarship, and an LLM in International Human Rights from the University of Nottingham, where I was honored as a Chevening Scholar.

My research in health and human rights has been featured in esteemed publications such as the Health and Human Rights Journal and German Law Journal. I have served as an affiliated researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, as well as a member of the Global Health Law Consortium.

In my most recent endeavors in human rights advocacy and external engagements, I have actively participated in consultations and the drafting process of The Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies. Furthermore, I have served as an external consultant to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All, where I provided a comprehensive report on the constitutionalisation of the right to health.

Before transitioning to academia, I worked as a journalist for over a decade, undertaking various reporting roles in Latin America for prominent regional news outlets. Throughout this period, I extensively covered human rights violations associated with the war on drugs, mass trials, judicial activism, and decisions pertaining to socio-economic rights.



Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Courses taught:

Law, Criminology, LLM/MA in Applied Human Rights 

Modules taught:

- Human Rights Advocacy
- Human Rights and Legal Scholarship
- Contemporary Migration
- Introduction to Criminology and Practice


Conference papers

Filho, L. (2021). Killing Locally or Killing Globally: Inequalities in Framing Cooperation through Pandemics. In Yamin, A., Villareal, P., & Grogan, J. (Eds.) International Pandemic Lawmaking, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, Middlesex University London, a, 20 September 2021 - 4 November 2021 (pp. 18-19). The Petrie-Flom Center:

Book chapters

Bottini Filho, L. (2023). Everything Is Unconstitutional. In Justice in Global Health. (pp. 59-81). Routledge:

Filho, L.B. (2023). Disabilities, evidence-making and quality of life: the three core human rights principles framework. In Research Handbook on Disability Policy. (pp. 551-564). Edward Elgar Publishing:

Filho, L. (2021). State positive obligations and the international right to health in epidemics: how much should be enough? In Epidemics and International Law. BRILL

Other activities


Postgraduate supervision

- Global Health Law and Human Rights
- Economic and Social Rights
- Courts, human rights and social change
- International Human Rights 

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