José-Manuel Barreto has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, and at the Department of Political Science, University of the Andes, Bogotá. He has a long experience as a human rights activist working with the Colombian Commission of Jurists. He holds a PhD in Law (Birkbeck College, U of London); an MA in Human Rights (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, U of London); a LLB (Externado University of Colombia), and a BA in Philosophy (National University of Colombia). His current research interests are the Third-World perspective on human rights, imperialism and international law; the critique of Eurocentrism and Decolonial Theory, and the turn to emotions and law.
His publications include: Human Rights from a Third World Perspective: Critique, History and International Law (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2011); ‘Ethics of Emotions as Ethics of Human Rights. A Jurisprudence of Sympathy in Adorno, Horkheimer and Rorty” in Costas Douzinas & Colin Perrin, eds., Critical Legal Themes (London: Routledge, forth. 2011); ‘Human Rights and the Buried Crimes of Modernity’, in P. Singh & V. Kanwar, Critical International Law: Post-Realism, Post-Colonialism, and Transnationalism (New Delhi: Ooxford University Press, forthcoming 2012); ‘Rorty and Human Rights: Contingency, Emotions and How to Defend Human Rights Telling Stories’, Utrecht Law Review (2011), 7/2, 93-112.