Mercedes Candela Soriano

Soriano, as a reserach fellow at the Institute for European Legal Studies of the University of Liege (Belgium), has researched various aspects of human rights, especially in connection with the external relations of the European Union. In particular, she has explored how the European Union uses commercial power and political influence to induce non-EU countries to better protect human rights, implement democratic principles, and enforce the rule of law. While at Harvard, Soriano will explore the extent to which the United States both relies on and promotes compliance by foreign governments with human rights. In addition, she will be looking at whether human rights and democratic instruments exist that have been applied coherently by the US, and if so, whether the implementation of these instruments has been influenced by other considerations, such as political or economic interests.