Marina has a PhD in Law from the LSE, an LL.M from University College London, and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Leiden. She was a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2013-2016), a visiting lecturer at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, and is a contributor to the International Law Reports (published by Cambridge University Press) on the Inter-American Court’s case-law. Previously, Marina taught property law at the LSE and was LL.M adviser. She now teaches a class in the International Human Rights course at the LSE. Marina also advises the Law Society of England & Wales on international human rights and lawyers at risk. She has submitted Amicus Curiae briefs and expert written testimony, e.g. to the Colombian Constitutional Court and Administrative Supreme Court, respectively, on the definition of ‘victim’ in internal armed conflict and access to information reserved on nationalsecurity grounds. Marina is a qualified lawyer and was previously a senior associate at law firm De Brauw in The Netherlands (allied to Slaughter & May), practising in civil and Supreme Court litigation, international arbitration, and commercial law.
Marina’s previous research regarded the consent and consultation of indigenous peoples in the Americas for development projects and military activities carried out on their lands. This research explored the use of spaces of dialogue and the limits of such dialogue. She presented at conferences on, e.g. State responsibility for threats against human rights defenders, the principle of subsidiarity in the Inter-American human rights system, and expropriation under the American Convention on Human Rights. Marina's current research focuses on non-pecuniary reparations for victims of human rights violations in the Americas; symbolic commemoration, rehabilitation, and guarantees of non-repetition. Marina uses in her work some ideas of the French philosopher of science Georges Canguilhem, especially the idea of concepts as preserved problems.