Dr. Inga Winkler
Lecturer in Human Rights
Institute for the Study of Human Rights / Department of Political Science
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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. 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 Project Director of the Working Group on Menstrual Health & Gender Justice in the Center for the Study of Social Difference. She leads the programming on socio-economic rights in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She is affiliated faculty at the Columbia Water Center in the Earth Institute, the Economic and Social Rights Working Group at the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, and the Center on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Her books include the first comprehensive monograph on the human right to water published in 2012 and an edited volume on the Sustainable Development Goals, and her articles have appeared in the International Journal of Human Rights, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and the Human Rights Law Review among others.
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.
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 Agenda 2030.
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).