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Angela Hefti

Visiting Researcher, Human Rights Program

Dr. Angela Hefti is a Visiting Researcher with the Human Rights Program. She was previously a Visiting Researcher at the Graduate Program of Harvard Law School (2022-2023). Before coming to Harvard, Angela served as a judicial clerk in the asylum division of the Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland (2021-2022). She was a Yale Robina Fellow at the European Court of Human Rights (2019-2020), where she clerked for Judge Helen Keller, worked for the Court’s Research and the Swiss Divisions.

Angela obtained her PhD in Law in 2020 from the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the “Professor Walther Hug Prize” for the best doctoral dissertations nationwide. Her book titled “Conceptualizing Femicide as a Human Rights Violation. State Responsibility under International Law”, based on her doctoral dissertation, was published with Edward Elgar and is available open access. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research stays at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany (2016) and the Schell Center for International Human Rights (2018-2019).

Angela completed her LL.M. at Yale Law School as a Fulbright fellow in 2018. At Yale, she was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic as well as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the Yale Journal of International Law, and a Co-Founder of the YLS European Law Student Association.

From 2016 to 2017, Angela was the Associate Director of the Lucerne Academy of Human Rights Implementation in Switzerland. In this role, she oversaw the program, recruited faculty and students from across the globe and devised a fundraising strategy to ensure diverse student participation. Angela also served as the coach and coordinator of the program’s moot court competition.

Throughout her legal studies in Switzerland and Spain, Angela interned at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Netherlands, as well the Spanish Refugee Commission in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She was also a Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.

Angela’s research interests include climate change litigation and human rights, feminist and critical theory as well as femicide. Her research at the Human Rights Program aims to address some of the human rights challenges associated with climate change.