Adalberto Méndez López &
Dr. Filomena Critelli
In this episode, our guests Adalberto Méndez López and Dr. Filomena Critelli discuss their experience of bringing their students together via technology to co-instruct a new course titled “Disability and Human Rights from the Perspective of Law and Social Work”. Along the way, they tell what they learned while bridging the gap between disciplines, cultures, degrees of technological know-how, and geographical locations.
Adalberto Méndez López, LL.M, obtained his law degree from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, a pre-master degree in the Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi in Turkey, and a LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of American University with a specialization in International Human Rights and Human Rights and Disability. He brings years of experience in renowned Mexican and international law firms and government committees as a junior and senior associate attorney and director. He has been involved in projects with the UN, the Saharan government, and the Human Rights Academy of the Washington College of Law. He is a Human Rights Professor at the Law School of Universidad La Salle Mexico City and collaborates with the School of Social Work of the University at Buffalo. He is the co-author of two books, and is the former Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School of Universidad La Salle.
Filomena M. Critelli, LCSW, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo and has a history of engagement in global social justice movements. Dr. Critelli co-directs the UB School of Social Work’s Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement which promotes cross-national research projects, globally focused research that advances trauma informed and human rights perspectives, international scholarly exchanges and teaching collaborations, and educational opportunities such as international fieldwork, study abroad, and service learning projects. She has developed and taught courses on international social work and human rights. Her research and publications are focused on women’s rights and gender-based violence in domestic as well as international contexts. Other areas of research include human rights of immigrants and refugees, global migration and disability rights.
Interviewer: Laura Lewis, PhD