Marie Elske Gispen, LL.M. is a Senior Research Associate at the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy. Ms Gispen obtained her LLM degree in Fundamentals of Law focusing on International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University (NL) in 2011. An adapted version of her thesis is published as a report to the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations: ‘Poor Access to Pain Treatment: Advancing a Human Right to Pain Relief’ (2012).
Marie Elske presently works as a Ph.D. researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) analysing a human rights-based model of drug control with a special focus on advancing medical access to controlled substances. Prior to which she worked as a junior researcher on the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a project assigned to SIM by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. In the past, she interned at the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies Department, in Geneva (CH) where she worked on the Essential Medicines in National Legislation (ELMA) project. She is also a fellow of the Global Health Law Groningen, of Groningen University (NL), and a past Editor-in-Chief of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law.
As part of her doctorate research, Marie Elske conducts field research in Latvia and Uganda. In Uganda she worked closely with the African Palliative Care Association. She has been a visiting scholar at Durham University, Durham (UK), and a visiting fellow at the Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Riga (LV).