Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon

Professorial Lecturer in Residence
Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

Office: 4910 Building - Suite 18
Phone: 202-274-4285
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Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón (J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.) is Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, Washington College of Law. He teaches courses in the fields of international law and human rights law. He served as Ad Hoc Judge in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2007 to 2011. As correspondent for the British periodical Butterworths Human Rights Cases (Lexis-Nexis), Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón covers the Americas. He has served as international legal consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among other institutions. He was also staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS and Officer for Latin America at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), a Washington DC based non-governmental organization.

His recent articles include Precautionary Measures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in: Revista Aportes, Due Process of Law Foundation, 2014; Strengthening or Straining the Inter-American Human Rights System, (with Claudia Martin) in: Yves Haeck and Clara Burbano Herrera, 35 Years of Inter-American Court of Human Rights - Theory and Practice, Present and Future," (Intersentia, Cambridge/Antwerpen , expected 2014); and also in: Haeck,Y., McGonigle, B., Burbano-Herrera, C., and Contreras-Garduno, D. (eds.), The Realization of Human Rights: When Theory Meets Practice: Studies in Honour of Leo Zwaak (Intersentia, Antwerp, 2014); Precautionary Measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (with Clara Burbano Herrera) in: Yves Haeck and Clara Burbano Herrera, Preventing Violations of Human Rights: Are Urgent, Interim or Provisional Measures an Adequate Tool in Human Rights Litigation? (Oxford University Press, 2014); Precautionary Measures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Legal Status and Importance (Human Rights Brief, Volume 20, Issue 2, Winter 2013); La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos: Apuntes sobre su Labor de Supervisión, (Escuela Libre de Derecho, México, 2013); The Inter-American System: Landmark cases at the Inter-American Commission, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, (Utrecht, The Netherlands, Intersentia 2012); The Inter-American Human Rights System and Transitional Processes, in Transitional Jurisprudence - The ECHR and Other Regional Human Rights Approaches to Transition, (Michael Hamilton & Antoine Buyse eds, Cambridge University Press 2011); Selected Examples of the Contemporary Practice of the Inter-American System in Confronting Grave Violations of Human Rights: United States and Colombia, in Asbjorn Eide et al (eds.) Making Peoples Heard: Essays on Human Rights in Honour of Gudmundur Alfredsson, (Leiden.Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011).

His most recent books are El Debido Proceso Legal: Análisis desde el Sistema Interamericano y Universal de Derechos Humanos (Vol I and Vol II)(Due Process of Law: Analysis from the perspective of Inter-American and Universal Human Rights) (with Claudia Martin, Fabian Salvioli, Federico Di Bernardi, James Vertiz Medina) under the auspices of the Ministerio Público Fiscal de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013); Advocating for Human Rights (with Claudio Grossman & Claudia Martin)(Brill Publishers Spring 2008); and The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights System (with Claudia Martin) (2006), published in three languages –English, Spanish and Portuguese--, and Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (International Human Rights Law) , (co-editor), (2004). He co-authored (with Claudio Grossman, Robert K. Goldman and Claudia Martin) the casebook The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide for Application in Domestic Law published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB 2001).



Areas of Specialization

  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Organizations

Degrees & Universities

  • S.J.D., George Washington University 2002
  • LL.M., American University Washington College of Law 1994
  • J.D., Universidad de los Andes School of Law 1989

  • Selected Publications

    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, The Inter-American Human Rights System and Transitional Processe, in Transitional Jurisprudence - The ECHR and Other Regional Human Rights Approaches to Transition (Michael Hamilton & Antoine Buyse, eds., Cambridge U. Press 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Selected Examples of the Contemporary Practice of the Inter-American System in Confronting Grave Violations of Human Rights: United States and Colombia, in Making Peoples Heard: Essays on Human Rights in Honour of Gudmundur Alfredsson (Asbjorn Eide et al., eds., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon & Claudia Martin, The Inter-American Human Rights System: Selected Examples of its Supervisory Work, in Research Handbook in International Human Rights Law (S. Joseph & A. McBeth eds., Edgar Elgar Publishing 2010).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Basic Facts of the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American Human Rights System, in International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms: Essays in Honor of Jakob Th. Moller, 619 (G. Alfredsson, J. Grimheden, B. Ramcharan & A. de Zayas, eds., 2d rev. ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2009).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, in Proteccion Internacional de Derechos Humanos y Estado de Derecho (Joaquín González, ed., 2d ed., Grupo Editorial Ibáñez 2009).
    • Claudio Grossman, Claudia Martin & Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Advocating for Human Rights (Brill Publishers Spring 2008).
    • + More Publications...

    • Books

    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon (co-author), The Inter-American Human Rights Digest (Brill Publishers forthcoming 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon (co-author), Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Inter-American Inst. on Human Rights forthcoming 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon & Claudia Martin, La Prohibición de la Tortura y los Malos Tratos en el Sistema Interamericano (World Org. Against Torture 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, A Probicao de Tortura e Maus-Tratos Pelo Sistema Interamamericano (World Org. Against Torture 2006).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Claudia Martin & Jose Antonio Guevara, eds., 2004).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Claudio Grossman, Robert K. Goldman & Claudia Martin, The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide for Application in Domestic Law (Inter-American Dev. Bank Dec. 2001).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Claudia Martin & Tomas Ojea Quintana, La Dimension Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Guia para la Aplicacion de Normas Internacionales en el Derecho Interno (Inter-American Dev. Bank 1999).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos 1980-1997, Vol. I & Vol. II, (The Inter-American Human Rights Digest - The Inter-American Court on Human Rights1980-1997) ( 1998).
    • Other Publications

    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Los Obligaciones Internacionales de los Estados de la Organizacion de los Estados Americanos en la Lucha Contra el Terrorismo, Universidad Iberoamericana (Spring 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Book Review: Resena Sobre el Informe de la OEA "Acceso a la Justicia: Llave Para la Gobernabilidad Deomocratica, por David Lobaton, Programa de Estudios de la Ciudad de la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Spring 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, La Masacre de Mapiripan Contra Columbia, Sentencio de Fondo del 15 Septiembre del 2005, Universidad Iberoamericana (forthcoming, 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon (co-author), Simposio una Revision Critica del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos: Pasado, Presente, y Futuro, Anuario de Derecho Humanos (Spring 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Reparations of the Inter-American Human Rights System in Cases of Gross and Sytemic Violations of Human Rights: The Colombian Case, 53 Am. U. L. Rev. 1390 (2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Diagnostico Sobre la Educacion Legal en Derechos Humanos en Mexico, Educación en Derechos Humanos (2006).
    • Amicus Brief Presented to the Supreme Court of Argentina (2004).
    • Amicus Brief presented to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights on request for Advisory Opinion from the State of Mexico (Spring 2003).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon (co-author), The International Status of the Rights of Elderly Persons, 18 Am. U. Intl. L. Rev. 915 (2003).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Jurisdiccion y Compentcia en las Peticiones Individuales del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Jurisdiction and Competence in the Individual Petitions in the Inter-American System on Human Rights, __ Revista Argentina de Derechos Humanos (Argentinian Hum. Rights L. Rev.) __ (2001).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Inter-American System, Neth. Q. Hum. Rights (2001 to date).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, The "Victim" Requirement, The Fourth Instance Forumula and the Notion of "Person" in the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American Human Rights System, 7 ILSA J. Intl. & Comp. L. 373 (2001).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, El Derecho a la Honra y la Reuptacion (The Right to the Protection of Personal Honor and Reputation), 1 Revista Ruptura 249 (2000).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon & Claudia Martin Inter-American Human Rights Database, http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/digest/ (1998).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presumption of Veracity, Nonappearance, and Default in the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American System on Human Rights, in Revista del Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Inter-American Inst. of Hum. Rights 1998).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Caballero Delgado y Santana: A Problematic Application of the American Convention on Human Rights, 3 Hum. Rights Br. (Summer 1996).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, , Butterworths Hum. Rights Cases (1996 to date).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Taught Course, The Inter-American Human Rights System (Åbo Akademi Institute for Human Rights, Turku, Fin., Aug. 15 - 18, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Congressional Briefing, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Agin (U.S. Congress, D.C., July 25, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Taught Course, The Inter-American Human Rights System (42nd Annual Study Session, International Institute on Human Rights (IIHR), Strasbourg, Fr., July 25, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Co-taught Course, Human Rights and International Humanitarian law: New Challenges” and “The International labor Organization Decent Work Agenda (Program on International Organizations , Law and Diplomacy organized by School of International Service and the American University Washington College of Law, Geneva, Switz., June 25 - July 9, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, Round Table Discussion on Friendly Settlement and Human Rights (Expert consultation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States, D.C., June 10, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, The Supervisory Work of the Inter-American Human Rights System (Faculty Exchange Program, Monash University, Melbourne, Austrl., Mar. 7-9, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Characteristics and Scope of the Supervisory Role of the Commission and the Court (Specialized Course for Public Officials of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights (IIHR), San José, Costa Rica, Mar. 4, 2011).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, The Inter-American Human Rights System and Transitional Porcesses (Transitional Jur. & the European Ct. on Hum. Rights: Comparative Perspectives, Transitional J. Inst., U. Ulster, Belfast, Ir., Mar. 23, 2010).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Key Note Speaker, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Law in the Hemisphere: Terrorism, Armed Forces and Public Security (Seminar on Hum. Rights & Humanitarian L. & their Globalizing Influence in the Context of the Inter-American System, Inter-American Def. C., D.C., Mar. 17, 2010).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Key Note Speaker, Globalization and Human Rights (V International Congress on Constitutional Law: Constitutional Challenges in Contexts of Poverty, Universidad de Nariño, Pasto, Colom., Feb. 25, 2010).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Participant, Comparative Perspectives on Legal Education (Faculty Colloquium, Am. U. Wash. C. L., Jan. 19, 2010).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecturer, The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Third Annual Course on Human Rights Training, Institut de Développement et Droits Humains, Florianopolis, Braz., Oct 27 - 30, 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Moderator, Institutional Challenges Facing Regional Systems for the Protection of Human Rights (Conference on Advocacy Before Regional Human Rights Bodies: A Cross-Regional Agenda, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 20, 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, "El Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos: La Corte y la Comision Interamericanas y los sistemas internos de protección (First Seminar of the Latin American Consortium for Post-Graduation in Human Rights, Belem du Para, Braz., Aug. 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Invited Professor, The Inter-American Human Rights System (39th Annual Study Session, International Institute on Human Rights, Strasbourg, Fr., July 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, The Inter-American System on Human Rights (Human Rights Development Initiative, Pretoria, S. Afr., July 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Ad Hoc Judge, Delivered the Decision on Preliminary Exceptions and Merits of the Case Salvador Chiriboga v. Ecuador (Inter-American Court on Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, The Prohibition of Torture in the Inter-American System (World Organization Against Torture, Geneva, Switz., May 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panel Presentation, Current Status of the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Reflection on the “Reform Process” (Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., May 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Keynote Speaker, Human Rights in the Americas: An International Legal Perspective (Annual Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference at the Center of Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pitt., Pa., Feb. 15, 2008).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Procedure and Case-law of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IV Course on Strategies of International Litigation at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mex., Dec. 5, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, The Inter-American Human Rights System (Annual Course on Human Rights Training, Institut de Développement et Droits Humains, Florinapolis, Braz., Nov. 7 - 10, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, The Inter-American Human Rights System (The Specialization Legal Systems for the Protection of Human Rights, Guayaquil, Ecu., Sept. 13-15, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, Lecture About the Inter-American Human Rights System (Pontificia Univeridad Catolica del Peru and the Instituto de Defensa Legal, Lima, Peru, Sept. 6, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, The United States Judicial Reform (The Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the Instituto de Defensa Legal, Lima, Peru, Sept. 5, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Inter-American Human Rights System (Human Rights Center of the University of Utrecht, Neth., Aug. 21-26, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Inter-American Human Rights System (Human Rights Center of the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Neth., Aug. 21-26, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, Inter-American Human Rights Law (Inter-American Human Rights Law, IESB, Brasilia, Braz., Aug. 14-18, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Inter-American Human Rights Law (IESB International Symposium, Brasilia, Braz., Aug. 14-18, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, The Prohibition of Torture in the Inter-American System (World Organization Against Torture, Geneva, Switz., July 10-15, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Presentation, The Prohibition of Torture in the Inter-American System (World Organization Against Torture to lecture in Geneva, Switz., July 10-15, 2007).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, The Fight against Terrorism and International Human Rights Obligations (American University Justice, Law and Society's Anti-Terrorism Conference, Wash., D.C., Apr. 2006).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, International Human Rights Law (WHINSEC, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2006).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, Contemporary Issuess of the Inter-American Human Rights System (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colom., Feb. 2006).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, Legal Education on Human Rights: Importance and Alternative Curriculum (International Seminar on Education on Human Rights, Program of Cooperation on Human Rights of the European Commission-Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mex. City, Mex., Dec. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, Legal Strategy and Policy to Implement Judgments into the Domestic Jurisdiction (Seminar on International Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights: Innovation and Strategies in International Litigation Human Rights Program, Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico, Mex. City, Mex., Dec. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, Analysis of the Massacre of Mapiripan v. Colombia Case (Dec. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Lecture on the “Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Universidad Católica Andres Bello & the Universidad de Margarita, Porlamar, Venz., Nov. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Lecture, Justice as a Right (Center for Human Rights of the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venz., Sept. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, First Meeting of the Latin American and European Network on Human Rights (LAEHR) (Cartagena, Colom., Sept. 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Panelist, The Inter-American Human Rights System: An Open Discussion on the Problems Affecting its Functioning (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., June 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, Colombia 2005: A Historical and Political Overview in a Human Rights Perspective (ASFQ, Montreal, Can., 2005).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, The Interamerican Human Rights System (Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turk., Dec. 2004).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, Incorporating Human Rights Values in Educational Institutions in Countries of the Middle East (John Hopkins University, Balt., Md., Nov. 2004).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Public Lecture, Procedural Aspects of Human Rights Protection in the Inter-American System (Lund University School of Law, Swed., 2004).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, Forms of Interaction between International Human Rights Law and the Constitutional Framework (V Latin-American Meeting of Law, Bol., May 2004).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, The Individual Complaints in the Inter-American System (Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Braz., May 2003).
    • Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, Speech, Current Issues in the Inter-American Human Rights System (XIII Seminario Eduardo Garcia Maynez, ITAM, Mex., 2003).
  • + Selected Media Appearances

    • CNN Spanish, "Execution of Mexican National Edgar Tamayo in Texas and Its Implications Regarding the United States’ International Obligations Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" (CNN Spanish Jan. 22, 2014) (Interview).
    • CNN Spanish, "Supreme Court's Hearings on the Constitutionality of the Health Care Reform" (CNN Spanish Mar. 29, 20012) (Interview).
    • Univision, "Supreme Court's Hearings on the Constitutionality of the Health Care Reform" (Univision Mar. 27, 2012) (Interview).
    • Al Jazeera English, "The Return to Honduras of Former President Zelaya and the Political and Human Rights Implications for the Country" (Al Jazeera May 28, 2011) (Interview).
    • CNN Español, "Legal Questions Raised About the Use of Force and the Killing of Osama Bin Laden" (CNN Español May 4, 2011) (Interview).
    • En Directo, "Discussion About the 15th Amendment" (Turner Broad. System, Inc. Jan. 4, 2011) (Interview).
    • CNN, "US Supreme Court's Decision not to Grant Writ of Certiorari in the Case of General Noriega’s Extradition to France" (CNN Jan. 25, 2010) (Interview).
    • Encuentro, "Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and the Political Implications in the Latino Vote in the US" (CNN Spanish Aug. 5, 2009) (Interview).
    • CNN Spanish, "Sonia Sotomayor’s Hearings and the Judicial Record of the Nominee." ( Interview, CNN, July 7, 2009).
    • CNN Spanish, "Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination to the Supreme Court and its Impact both in the US and in Latin America" ( Interview, CNN, June 2, 2009).
    • CNN Spanish, "Retirement of Justice Stevens from the US Supreme Court and the Political and Legal Importance of the Upcoming Selection and Confirmation Process" (CNN Spanish Apr. 9, 2009) (Interview).
    • CNN Spanish, "Conviction of Alberto Fujimori, former President of Peru" ( Interview CNN, Apr. 7, 2009).
    • CNN Spanish, "Extradition of Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori from Chile to Peru" (CNN Sept. 21, 2007) (Television Interview).
    • La Republica (Peru), "Recent Decisions of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights Regarding that Country and About the Possible Extradition of Fujimori from Chile to Peru" (La Republica Sept. 5, 2007) (Newspaper Interview).
    • The Washington Times, "Noriega Nears French prison" (Wash. Times Sept. 3, 2007) (Newspaper Interview).
    • 7-minute Interview About the Memorandum of the Department of Defense Implementing the Standards of Common Article 3 of the Four Geneva Conventions (CNN Spanish June 11, 2006) (Interview).
    • Trial of Saddam Hussein (CNN Spanish Mar. 15, 2006).
    • CNN Spanish, "Samuel Alito Nomination to the Supreme Court and his Confirmation Hearings" (CNN Jan. 6, 2006) (Interview).