Diana Acosta Navas
HAI-EIS Embedded EthiCS Fellow
Diana will receive her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, where she was a member of the Embedded EthiCS program and worked as adjunct lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Diana was a recipient of the Edmond J. Safra Center Graduate Fellowship during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her dissertation comprises three essays, which explore issues related to the protection of human rights in scenarios where violence, prejudice and inequality prevent their effective exercise. The first addresses the question of how to best uphold the moral principles that inspire the right to free speech in a context where widespread prejudice threatens to cause serious harm. The second analyzes the moral and political significance of truth and reconciliation commissions. The third examines how institutions of transitional justice can be justified to the victims of human rights violations.