Juan Mendez

Professor of Human Rights Law In Residence

Office: Room 350B
Phone: 202-274-4252
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Juan E. Méndez is a Professor of Human Rights Law In Residence and since November 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In 2009 and 2010 he was the Special Advisor on Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ) and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.



Areas of Specialization

  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law

Degrees & Universities

  • Certificate, American University Washington College of Law 1980
  • Law Degree, Stella Maris Catholic University 1970