Dr Felix E Torres

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Felix E Torres joined Birmingham Law School as a Teaching Fellow in 2021, having completed his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham the same year. His research interests revolve around international and human rights law, especially in matters of economic and social rights, state responsibility and reparations in post-conflict societies. Felix’s work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the UK, Europe, and South America, including the European Journal of International Law, Human Rights Law ReviewNordic Journal of International Law, and Revista de Estudios Sociales. He continues to write book contributions (2019, 2022) regarding the events that are taking place in Colombia, where he comes from, regarding the implementation of the peace agreement.  

Qualifications

  • PhD in Law (University of Nottingham)

  • MRes in Law (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

  • MA in Philosophy (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

  • BA in Philosophy (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

  • LLB (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) 

Biography

During his doctoral studies, Felix participated in different international projects on human rights and related issues. He was a research assistant for the Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation project, which aims to promote synergies between research and practice in the area of child rights strategic litigation. Felix also did pro bono work for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, contributing to the development of the Global Disaster Risk Management Law Index. As a research associate of the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, he worked on the 2019 'Measurement, Action, Freedom' Report on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7., by the Minderoo Foundation's Walk Free initiative.

Before joining the University of Nottingham, Félix worked for six years as a qualified lawyer at the Constitutional Court of Colombia. He was responsible for monitoring the following topics related to the protection of the rights of internally displaced persons by violence: humanitarian aid, housing, security measures, protection and restitution of land, and income generation programs. He coordinated and drafted key judgments on these subjects.

Prior to serving at the Court, he worked in the capacity of consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Opción Legal in Bogotá, carrying out research on constitutional jurisprudence and international protection standards regarding internally displaced persons.

Teaching

  • Legal Skills and Methods 
  • Legal Communication and Writing
  • Public Law 
  • Legal Theory

Research

Felix's current research focuses on the establishment of priorities regarding the guarantee of economic and social rights in post-conflict situations, including the question of the role that reparations should play in these settings. His research addresses the jurisprudence of European, Inter-American and African human rights bodies, as well as the work of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Felix complements his legal research with moral thinking and contemporary theories of distributive justice, which allowed him to develop a priority setting framework for these contexts.

Publications

Peer reviewed articles

  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2021. ‘Economic and Social Rights, Reparations, and the Aftermath of Widespread Violence: The African Human Rights System and Beyond’.  Human Rights Law Review 21(4), 935-961
  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2021. ‘Reparations: To What End? Developing the State’s Positive Duties to Address Socio-economic Harms in Post-conflict Settings through the European Court of Human Rights’. European Journal of International Law 32(3), 807–834
  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2021. ‘Revisiting the Chorzów Factory Standard of Reparation – Its Relevance in Contemporary International Law and Practice’. Nordic Journal of International Law 90(2), 190–222
  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2019. ‘Forced Displacement at the Juncture of Transitional Justice: Opportunities and Risks’. Revista de Estudios Sociales 69, 28-40

Book contributions

  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2022. ‘¿De “Desplazados” a “Víctimas”? Una Genealogía de la Justicia Transicional en Colombia desde la Perspectiva de la Corte Constitucional’ (‘From “Internally Displaced” to “Victims”? A Genealogy of Transitional Justice in Colombia from the Perspective of the Constitutional Court’) in Acosta-López J and Acosta-López MR Justicia y Paz Desde Otros Lenguajes: Una Mirada Retrospectiva (Universidad de la Sabana) (will be published in the first term of 2022)
  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2019. ‘Justicia Transicional en Perspectiva: Posibilidades, Retos y Nuevas Paradojas en Escenarios de (Post)Conflicto’ (Transitional Justice in Perspective: Possibilities, Challenges and New Paradoxes in (Post)Conflict Settings). In: ARBOUR, LOUISE; SHARP, DUSTIN; WALDORF, LARS; TORRES, FELIX E., eds., Justicia Transicional y Postconflicto. Siglo del Hombre Editores/Universidad de los Andes. 13-97
  • TORRES, FELIX E., 2015. Ley, violencia y comunidad: Una lectura del “Espiritu del Cristianismo y su destino” de Hegel’ (Law, Violence and Community: A Reading of Hegel’s "The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate”’. In: JARAMILLO, ISABEL C., ed., Derecho y poder: Aportes al canon transnacional. Universidad de los Andes. 231-254 

Books