Rebeca Huete Salazar
Rebeca Huete Salazar holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Business Administration from the University Rey Juan Carlos I of Madrid. She completed her Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2017, graduating with distinction. At present, Rebeca is supporting Guernica’s legal work, including the investigation of emblematic crimes in the Colombian transitional process.
Prior to joining Guernica 37, Rebeca had worked at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund; the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Global Rights Compliance and the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals; as well as the European Court of Human Rights, among others. In these positions, Rebeca conducted evidence-based research and legal research on international human rights law, humanitarian law, international criminal law, as well as other areas of public international law. Specifically, she provided legal assistance to Counsels by researching and drafting memorandums as well as assisting in the filing of motions before the UN MICT. She further gained experience in international tribunals by assisting Judge Bošnjak at the ECtHR and writing legal opinions on pending cases discussed at the Fourth Section of the Court. During her time at the UN, Rebeca wrote statements, briefing notes, as well as contributed to the drafting of UN reports on issues concerning the implementation of international human rights treaties. She was also involved in monitoring and reporting on human rights situations to the UN human rights mechanisms and special procedures.
During her LL.M studies, Rebeca was involved in a human rights legal clinic and, as part of the team, produced a study for the Rule of Law and Democracy Section of OHCHR on the evolving practice regarding amnesties in transitional justice processes and the legality of amnesties in international law.
Rebeca’s passion for human rights has also led her to volunteer in several organizations. In particular, during the summer of 2014, she volunteered at the NGO “Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture” in Jerusalem, where she assisted in the formulation of humanitarian and development projects in Palestinian territories.
Finally, Rebeca is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Legal Practice with a specialisation in criminal law in order to qualify for the Spanish Bar Exam in late 2019. She is fluent in Spanish, English and is has a limited working proficiency in French.