Paula Fernandez-Wulff is a Visiting Researcher in the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), invited by FLPC Director Emily Broad Leib and with the generous support of a Fulbright-Schuman fellowship. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Legal Sciences at the University of Louvain (UCL), in Belgium, where she works under the supervision of Olivier De Schutter and Tom Dedeurwaerdere. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of municipalities in implementing the human right to food through local policies in Europe and beyond – with a particular eye to those policies aimed at supporting local initiatives and social movements at large. Her research interests also include the implementation of economic and social rights at the local level and critical perspectives on human rights more broadly. She has lectured on constitutional law, hunger and global governance, and sustainability science at UCL, SciencesPo, and Tokyo University, and is part of the Editorial Board of the bilingual European Journal of Human Rights.
Paula earned an M.Sc. in Environmental Governance from United Nations University (UNU-IAS, Tokyo), where her research, conducted while working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., focused on agrobiodiversity protection policies and food governance frameworks in Latin America.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Paula began her legal career with one of the leading global law firms, later shifting to policy research with one of Spain’s leading economic policy think tanks. She graduated with a double degree in Spanish and French law at Universities Complutense and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.