IGDC visiting fellow
Dr Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo's research interests include indigenous rights, climate justice, human rights, the rights of nature, decolonisation, and the crime of ecocide. As part of her research during her fellowship at IGDC, Citlali will argue that, placing ecocide as an international crime alongside genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), is a condition of possibility comprehensively to deliver the commitments made by the international community to mitigate the bioclimate crisis and to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our times – from mass migration and famine to pandemics and war. Citlali explores the normative value of classifying ecocide as an international crime, and the deterrent and cultural effects such a decision would carry. Her research goes on to deconstruct the epistemological foundations of ‘western thought’ and its distinctively anthropocentric approach to nature.
Citlali holds a PhD in Sociology (Essex) and an M.A in Government (Essex). Some of the institutions that she has worked or collaborated with as a researcher, consultant, and educator include the International and Human Rights Commissions of the Mexican Senate, the UN Panama Regional Office of the OHCHR, the Third World Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CEESTEM, no longer in existence), UNESCO, and the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua. Her publications include Francisco: entre la Ciencia y la Teología Moral (with Fernando Cardenal SJ) and, Living on borrowed time (with Zygmunt Bauman). Her forthcoming book, “Colapso bioclimático, Derechos Humanos y la Encíclica Ecológica Laudato si’” examines the relevance for human rights of Pope Francis’ Ecological Encyclical. Some of her recent publications as a freelance journalist include: