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Commissioner for Equality, Diversities and Welfare

Víctor Merino Sancho

The Office of the Commissioner for Equality, Diversity and Welfare aims to advance gender equality, ensure respect for diversity at the URV, and promote the well-being of the University community. All its actions focus on achieving a more inclusive and egalitarian URV and reinforcing gender transversality and respect for diversity in the academic lives and activities of students, teaching and research staff, and administration and services staff. The URV's Equality Unit, Diversity Support Unit, and Counselling Unit all report to the Commissioner.

Currículum Vitae

Born in Xàtiva (Valencia) in 1981, I hold a PhD in Law from the Institute of Human Rights at the University of Valencia, as well as a Master's Degree in Domestic and Gender Violence and a Master's Degree in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice from the same university. I am currently a senior lecturer in Philosophy of Law at the URV. I have been Co-Director of the URV's Equality Unit and a member of the teaching staff for various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the University of Valencia, the UCM, the UOC and the UAB as well as the URV. I have coordinated six editions of the international seminar on human mobility and human rights held at the URV in coordination with Hiroshima University. I am also Secretary of the Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental (Catalan Journal of Environmental Law) (RCDA).

Since completing my doctoral thesis on gender-based violence and the right to asylum, I have published three monographs and over 25 articles on equality, intersectionality, decolonial theories, ECHR jurisprudence and LGBTIQ + rights. My research focuses on gender-based violence, gender studies and refugee rights from the human rights perspective. I have been a researcher on over 15 national competitive R&D projects and two European competitive projects, one of which was conducted under the framework of the Daphne programme funded by the European Commission (DG for Justice). I have participated in national and international conferences in many countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan and Finland. I have also been a visiting professor at the University of Manchester, UC-Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.