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Eduardo Arenas Catalán is an Assistant Professor at the Open University in the Department of Criminal, International, and European Law. Arenas Catalán's main research interest lies in the intersection between human rights under international law and social justice. Prior to joining the Open University, he worked as a lecturer at Leiden Law School and at the Utrecht School of Law in the field of European and international human rights law. Eduardo grew up and studied law in Chile. He obtained both his LRM (cum laude) and Ph.D. from Utrecht University. His doctoral thesis was awarded the 2018 Theo van Boven Maastricht Research Prize of International Law. Looking at the emerging principle of solidarity, this work provided a critical assessment of the predominant interpretation of access to healthcare as a human right under international law.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctor of Laws, Utrecht University

Award Date: 9 Feb 2018

Master, Legal Research Master, Utrecht University

Award Date: 31 Aug 2011

Bachelor, Legal Sciences, Universidad Catolica del Norte

Award Date: 15 Oct 2008


  • K Law (General)
  • International Law
  • international human rights law
  • right to health
  • legal theory
  • social rights
  • commercialization
  • human rights theory


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