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Senior Lecturer (On Leave for 2023/2024)
LL.B. (Hons.) (UBB,UNIZAR) LL.M. (Utrecht) Ph.D. (Utrecht)

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Ramona Biholar joined the Faculty of Law, The UWI Mona in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, which included a year of study specialised on EU Law, Human Rights Law and Private International Law at Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. She received an LLM in International and European Law from Utrecht, University Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, and a PhD in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), where she studied as an NWO Open Competition Awardee of the Dutch Research Council. In 2012-2013 she was affiliated to The UWI Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), St. Augustine as a researcher in the IDRC project "Politics, Power and Gender Justice in the Anglophone Caribbean". She has also joined the Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development (CIGAD) faculty team and delivered sessions on Gender, Human Rights and the Law in 2019 and 2023. At MonaLaw, she teaches in the LLB and LLM programmes and supervises MPhil/PhD students.

Research Interests: 
International Human Rights Law
Human Rights Treaties
Gender and the Law
The Right to Development (RTD)
Reparatory Justice
Socio-Legal Research and Methods
Courses : 
International Human Rights Law
Advanced International Human Rights Law
Gender and the Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Supervised Independent Research Paper

Ramona Biholar is a socio-legal scholar with expertise in international human rights law and gender. She has focused her regional work since 2014 on building and strengthening the reporting capacity of Caribbean governments such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago under United Nations human rights treaties. Her work extends to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD,) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR,) the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as under the Beijing +25 process. In her regional work, she has collaborated with a number of United Nations bodies, namely UNWOMEN, UNICEF, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She has also assisted Caribbean civil society organisations in building capacity on rights, state obligations and reporting procedures under the aforementioned human rights treaties. In 2015, she contributed to the drafting of civil society shadow reports to United Nations treaty bodies on human rights violations in Jamaica. The concerns raised in these reports have been discussed and incorporated by the UN Human Rights Committee in its CCPR Concluding Observations for Jamaica (2016). Dr. Biholar has also contributed to parliamentary reform processes on sexual violence in Jamaica.

She has been involved in university policy development and implementation review, especially in the areas of sexual harassment and equity, diversity and inclusion. In 2017, she joined the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), co-founded by Tracy Robinson, Arif Bulkan and Douglas Mendes SC.

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