Roxana Arroyo Vargas is a lawyer and notary from the National University in Costa Rica and holds a PhD in Human Rights from the University Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. She has also specialized in Economic Analysis of Law and its institutions. Her research and teaching focusses on Sociology, Law and Human Rights of Women, Violence and Discrimination. She is a permanent consultant for the ‘Woman, Justice and Gender’-Program of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) and the president of the Justice and Gender Foundation, Costa Rica. She has been teaching at different universities in Latin America and is currently a full professor at the Institute for Postgraduate Studies (IAEN) at the Center for International Relations, Ecuador. Apart from being an academic Roxana Arroyo Vargas is also an active member of the feminist movement in Latin America in the defense of human rights of women.