Dr. Inga Winkler is a lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her research agenda is held together by her interest in socio-economic rights, development, gender, social justice and substantive equality. Her policy experience over the last years has allowed her to follow discussions at various levels from global processes to local challenges which is reflected in her research approaches. Current research projects focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights, the UN Special Procedures, menstrual health and wellbeing, and the human right to sanitation.
Inga is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Human Rights Program. She teaches the Senior Seminar in Human Rights and International Human Rights Law, and has developed new courses on Socio-Economic Rights and UN Human Rights Bodies. She also supervises graduate student research focused on her areas of expertise.
Previously, she has been in residence as a visiting scholar the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU, at Stellenbosch (South Africa) and at Berkeley. She has held appointments in Germany and in the US, for teaching human rights in law and in political science. She has given guest lectures at Georgetown, Berkeley, Bonn, Heidelberg, and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She is an affiliate of the Economic and Social Rights Working Group at the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut.
From 2009 to 2014 she was the Legal Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. She was the lead author for most annual reports, conducted research and analysis, drafted materials tailored to different audiences, including contributing a handbook on the implementation of human rights. She coordinated and organized consultative processes, facilitated partnerships with various stakeholders, and advocated for the integration of human rights in development policies at national and international level such as the post-2015 development agenda.
Inga has consulted for various international organizations and NGOs including the European Parliament, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the United Nations Development Programme, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, WaterAid, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
Inga holds a German law degree and a doctorate in public international law (summa cum laude). Her thesis focused on the human right to water and its implications for water allocation. She has published and presented widely on human rights, including in the following areas: