Adriana Bessa

Adriana Bessa

Senior Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  /  Right to Food  /  Food Sustainability  /  Traditional Local Communities  /  Human Rights and the Environment  /  Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights

Dr Adriana Bessa is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.

Her research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants, and the right to food and sustainability. She is a member of the Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organizer of the training course on Human Rights and the Environment and co-organizer of the on the Rights of Peasants training course.

Dr Bessa also teaches International Human Rights Law at Lille Catholic University and Biodiversity Law at the University of Alicante.

She holds a PhD in Public International Law from the European University Institute, Florence. Her doctoral thesis addressed the status and rights of traditional local communities in international law, with a particular focus on international environmental, human rights and cultural heritage law.

Taught Courses

A farmer in her field, DRC Training

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.

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Small irrigation system with polluted water in N’Zerekore, Guinea Training

The Protection of Human Rights and the Environment

This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms. The 2020 edition will have a specific focus on water pollution and scarcity.

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The Normative Dimension of Food Sustainability


Adriana Bessa

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

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The Right to Seeds in Europe

April 2019

Adriana Bessa, Christophe Golay

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Human Rights and Food Sustainability

November 2018

Adriana Bessa

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Land Governance, Investment Law, Agriculture and The Rights of Local Populations


Adriana Bessa

Alabrese, M., Brunori, M., Rolandi, S., Saba, A. (Eds.), Springer

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