Dr Pilar Elizalde

Dr Pilar Elizalde


Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
human rights, foreign policy, international institutions, norm contestation

About me

Dr Pilar Elizalde is a Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She obtained her PhD in International Relations at the LSE, holds an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights (with Distinction) from the University of Essex and a BA International Relations from Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina).

Her primary research interest lies in the international politics of human rights, particularly in international institutions. Her PhD thesis explores the promotion, contestation and politicisation of norms in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council. At LSE she has taught and/or currently teaches courses on genocide, foreign policy analysis, and the situations of the International Criminal Court.

Methodologically, Pilar is interested and has been trained in multi-methods, network analysis, and quantitative text analysis. In 2018 she was selected to take part in the Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology.

Pilar has over ten years’ experience working in the human rights field, both in academia and in public sector, international, and non-governmental organisations in Latin America. She was also a Lead Editor of the LSE Human Rights blog for two years (2014-2016). Her research and studies have been funded by the LSE PhD Studentship (2014-2018), the Chevening Scholarship (2012-2013), and the Beca San Andrés (2004-2007).

Pilar became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2021 after completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Not available to supervise MPhil/PhD students.


Dr Elizalde has been recognised with the LSE Class Teacher Award for her contribution to the IR Department in the academic year 2019/2020, and also again in 2020/2021.


Expertise Details

human rights and foreign policy; norm contestation; international human rights law and institutions; international criminal justice; International Relations theories; civil society mobilisation; network analysis; quantitative text analysis.