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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Nicolas Boeglin

Areas of expertise

International Environmental Law, International Watercourses Management, Human Rights and Environmental Law


  • LLM, Master of Legal Studies in Comparative European and International Law, European University Institute of Florence, Italy
  • Ph.D., Doctorate in Law, International Law section, University of Paris II

Potential student research areas

  • Precautionary principles and water resources  in the Central Valley in Costa Rica
  • International legal consequences for Costa Rica of Crucitas open pit gold mining project: management of an international basin
  • Environment double discourse and double standards: the case of Costa Rica
  • Environmental sustainability and coastal tourism expansion in Guanacaste
  • Pineapple industry in Costa Rica before environmental law and local tribunals: balance and perspectives
  • Legal and environmental framework to combat water scarcity in the Pacific Coast (Jaco and Puntarenas) of Costa Rica: the case of desalinisation plants
  • Mining regulations and environmental law in tropical areas
  • How drinkable water can be lacking in a tropical country
  • Access to water as a human right


Nicolas Boeglin is a professor of public international law at the Law Faculty of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) where he teaches at the "Licenciatura" level and in the Environmental Law and Diplomacy Master’s programs.  He has worked as a consultant with different international, regional and national organizations in the fields of human rights, environmental law and international law. He is a member and co-founder of the group of scholars "LLamado Urgente por el Pais" created at UCR in 2008, and was appointed as a member of the University Council of UCR Commissions on the Crucitas mining project and Sardinal Coco Ocotal aqueduct.  He has also served at the Interamerican Institute of Human Rights as Project Officer and was appointed as a member of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) in 2007.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic My ACM Costa Rica experience can best be summed up as inspirational. It was the first time I truly felt useful as a researcher, carrying out research that was bigger than me but somehow, made better by my hard work and by that of my team members. Also, I got my first true idea of just how research can go wrong and, in spite of the best-laid plans, can be taken off track by external forces. As a result, I learned the best lesson of social research- what I want to learn and what others want to teach me are often two different things, and the only way to make the best of it is to change my perspective, not that of those who are being kind enough to share their lives with me. The ACM Field Research Program is the only one I know of that truly challenges its students, and I managed to love every second of it.

—Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Costa Rica, Spring 1998

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