Ernesto is a citizen of El Salvador, he holds an LLB from the Central American University in San Salvador and an LLM in human rights from the Central European University in Budapest. He has also recently concluded an MSc in human rights and politics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in London. Back in his home country, Ernesto engaged in community organizing and LGBTI activism documenting El Salvador’s LGBTI social movements.

Most recently, Ernesto has worked as a fellow for the Human Rights Campaign and as a legal fellow for the Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, both in Washington D.C. Ernesto has also worked on issues related to migration, asylum & sexuality with the Freedom of Asylum Network in the United States and the International Organization for Migrations in San Salvador.

Ernesto commenced his 36-month Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship at Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública in Spain in January 2021.


Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Somya Dixit, Ernesto Zelayandía González, Steph Lum, Yessica Maria Mestre Martinez, Audrey Aegerter and Amets Suess Schwend (2022)
Human Rights eBrief

Dissemination activities:

17 June 2022 Europubhealth+ Research Meeting 

On June 17, 2022, PI Amets Suess Schwend, ESR9 Yessica Mestre Martínez and ESR10 Ernesto Zelayandía González participated in the Europubhealth+ Research Meeting, with an online presentation titled “INIA. Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches: Generating knowledge on intersex human rights and wellbeing”.

The Europubhealth+ Research Meeting was organised by the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Sciences, University College Dublin.

The participating institutions are:

    • EHESP French School of Public Health, University of Rennes
    • Maastricht University
    • Sheffield University, School of Health and Related Research
    • Institute of Public Health, FHS, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow
    • University of Granada/Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública
    • School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin

To view the Programme, please click here.

April 6-8, 2022: SLSA Conference

ESR10 Ernesto Zelayandía González (EASP) participated in the SLSA Conference, organised by the Socio-Legal Studies Association and held at the University of York with a presentation titled “Invisible no more? The growing visibility of intersex issues at the United Nations”.

The full conference programme can be found here:

A copy of the abstract is available here.

28 August 2021: Association of Human Rights Institutes Online Conference 2021

On Saturday, August 28th during the online Association of Human Rights Institutes conference hosted by The Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, ESR10, Ernesto Zelayandia-Gonzalez presented the preliminary findings of his working paper “Framing Intersex Rights. A Scoping review.” A Programme for the conference can be found here.

Outreach activities:

26 September 2022: Stakeholder Event at University of Malta, Valletta Campus

During the sixth INIA network event held at University of Malta, Valletta, INIA PIs and ESRs participated in a stakeholder conference.  This was a very successful event attended by approximately 40 people from the University of Malta and from the Maltese government. The programme for the event can be found here.

24 November 2021: VI Doctoral Research Seminar in Women Studies, organised by University of Granada, PhD Programme Women Studies, Gender Discourses and Practices and Women’s and Gender Studies Institute

Presentation “Los derechos intersex son derechos humanos: trayectoria de discursos en el activismo” (“Intersex human rights are human rights: discourse trajectory in activism”), Granada, 24/11/2022.