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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

Degrees

  • 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

Biography

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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Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University I considered a number of study abroad programs before choosing ACM, and what appealed to me about the Costa Rica Field Research program was that it allowed me to pursue independent research at a single site over several months, rather than "touring" many sites for just a few days at a time with larger groups of students, as was typical of many other programs. The educational "pay-off" of this approach, both in terms of insights gained from the many hours spent in the field and in terms of the language skills and cultural experiences gained from living in a small, rural community, was huge. My experience in Costa Rica was a strong influence in my decision to pursue a graduate degree in Conservation Biology, and many of the experiences and contacts I made laid the groundwork for future projects in Costa Rica.

—Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University, Costa Rica, Spring 1995

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