Gabriela Mezzanotti


Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for kultur, religion og samfunnsfag
Campus Drammen (5304)
My research interests are related to the interdisciplinary study of the intersections of culture, human rights and power relations. Drawing on a critical theoretical perspective, my work contributes to debates surrounding the impact of international agencies on local cultures, aiming to reflect upon the process of establishing the historical structures that led to the current concept of the universality of human rights, as well as the complex relations of power that were consolidated in those historical structures.


  • Course coordinator MHRMC601 Human rights and multiculturalism in international human rights protection
  • Course lecturer MHRMC600 Introduction to Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
  • Course lecturer MHRMC602 Human rights education and diversity
  • Course coordinator MHRMC701 National policies and theoretical models of integration, multiculturalism and human rights protection
  • Course lecturer MHRMC700 Epistemologies, Research Methodologies and Interdisciplinary research in the Field of Human Rights and Multiculturalism
  • Course coordinator MHRMC704 Research tutorial
  • Supervision of Master theses related to my competences and fields of interest
  • PhD supervisor: Sivakumar Navarathnam: "International Human Rights Agencies in Shaping the Local Cultures in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka: A Critical Discourse Analysis" 
  • Member of the Research Group in Human Rights and Diversities – USN
  • Member of the Research Group in Human Rights and Vulnerabilities (Direitos Humanos e Vulnerabilidades). Catholic University of Santos, Brazil.



  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • Migration Law
  • Regional Architectures of Refugees' Protection
  • National policies in Migration and Multiculturalism
  • Critical Human Rights Education
  • Critical Theory of International Relations
  • Critical Discourse Studies
  • Critical Feminism
  • Postcolonialism and Decolonial Perspectives



Dr. Gabriela Mezzanotti is an Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the Master Program in Human Rights and Multiculturalism at the University of South-Eastern Norway and a Brazilian Lawyer. She is a member of the research group in Human Rights and Diversities at USN. She holds a PhD in Social Science (UNISINOS University) and a Master Degree in International Law (UFRGS/Harvard Research). She is a former Associate Editor for the Human Rights Education Review (HRER). She is a former representative member of the Rio Grande do Sul State Committee for Migrants, Refugees, Stateless Persons and Human Trafficking Victims (COMIRATRS) and a former UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair at UNISINOS University (Brazil). She was a visiting lecturer at the Federal Judges School (ESMAFE-RS-BR).

Her research addresses critical discourse studies, postcolonialism and decolonial perspectives, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, migration and refugee law, multicultural polices and citizenship models.

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