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2015 Instructors
 

ELIZABETH
ABI-MERSHED

VICTOR ABRAMOVICH

JORGE ARAYA

CARLOS
AYALA CORAO
CATALINA BOTERO

ANTONIO CANÇADO TRINDADE

SANTIAGO CANTON

JOHN CERONE

REBECCA
COOK

MAC DARROW

OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER

EDUARDO FERRER MAC-GREGOR POISOT FELIPE GOMEZ ISA FELIPE
GONZÁLEZ
CHRISTOFF HEYNS

JULISSA MANTILLA

SIOBHAN MCINERNEY-LANKFORD

THEODORE PICCONE FAUSTO POCAR

MONICA ROA

DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PINZÓN

ERIC ROSENTHAL


JUANA SOTOMAYOR SYLVIA STEINER

ALEJANDRO
VALENCIA VILLA


   

LEO ZWAAK

   

 

 
 

ELIZABETH ABI-MERSHED. COURSE. Women and International Human Rights Law (English)

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed is the Deputy Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States – OAS) in Washington, D.C. Previously she was a Principal Human Rights Specialist for the OAS. As an attorney with the IACHR Secretariat, she analyzes incoming petitions, manages a docket of pending cases, drafts case reports, coordinates on site visits and drafts corresponding country reports, and participates in the litigation of cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Her practice also includes providing technical support to the IACHR's rapporteurs on the rights of women, and participating in initiatives concerning standard-setting and implementation. In relation to her work on gender issues, she has published "The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Prospects for the Inter-American Human Rights System to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Women" in Women and International Human Rights Law (Transnational Publishers; Kelly Askin and Dorean Koenig eds. 2000). She received her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, and a Master’s in Law in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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VICTOR ABRAMOVICH. COURSE: Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (Spanish)

Victor Abramovich is an Argentinean Lawyer from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). He obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) at American University. Since May 2010, he is the Executive Secretary of the Public Policies in Human Rights Institute of MERCOSUR (Instituto de Políticas  Públicas en Derechos Humanos IPPDH). He was the Vice President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Special Rapporteur of the IACHR on the Rights of Women, and on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, he is an Associate Professor of the Human Rights Course at the Law Faculty of Universidad de Argentina (UBA), Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Lanus, and Visiting Professor in the Universities of Valencia y Castilla and American University. He has been in charge of the human rights legal clinic at UBA (clínica legal en derechos humanos) and of the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)-one of the most recognized institutes dedicated to legal work on human rights in Latin America-. He was the Executive Director of the CELS-where he has litigated numerous witnesses’ cases before local tribunals and the Inter-American System-, Consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank, Legal Adviser of the Ombudsman of Buenos Aires, and Consultant of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. He worked as the Director of the Program on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the latter institution. Professor Abramovich has also worked before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and litigated a case on the right to food before the Inspection Panel of the World Bank. He has written numerous books, articles and collaborated with legal magazines in areas concerning human rights, in particular regarding litigation strategies on economic, social and cultural rights.

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EMILIO ÁLVAREZ ICAZA. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria is the designated Executive Secretary of the IACHR since August 16th, 2012. A Mexican national, Mr. Alvarez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Mexico. He holds a Diploma in Analysis and Design of Political Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Santa Fe campus in Mexico, Federal District (D.F.). Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences at the UNAM. In 1999, he was elected as Counselor of the Electoral Institute of the Federal District (IEDF). In 2001, he was elected Commission of Human Rights of the Federal District (CDHDF) and he was ratified for a second period from 2005 to 2009. He has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, he has been granted more than 50 international and national recognitions, distinctions and awards. He has been a lecturer and speaker in more than three hundred symposiums, seminars and forums in Mexico and other countries; he has co-authored more than eighty national and international publications and he has practiced journalism in several media outlets in Mexico. Emilio Álvarez was the Director General of the National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS) and co-founder of Civic Alliance, A.C. Moreover, he participated as legal advisor in more than ten civil society organizations linked to issues related to human rights, security and democracy, in Mexico. He is the co-founder and sponsor of Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad. He has worked as an independent consultant and expert in issues related to human rights, democracy, citizen participation, civil society and public policy, in Mexico and several international organizations.


 

JORGE ARAYA. COURSE: Sistema de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (Spanish)

Jorge Araya is the Secretary of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He is a lawyer and has a Bachelor's Degree on Juridical and Legal Studies from the University of Chile and a Master's Degree on International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University. He joined the United Nations in 1996 and since then has worked in several duty stations at both the headquarters and field levels. In 2003, he began working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, servicing different United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms.

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CARLOS AYALA CORAO. COURSE: Implementación de los Derechos Humanos en el Derecho Interno (Spanish)

Carlos Ayala Corao is currently a Member of the Board of the International Commission of Jurists and of the International Human Rights Institute of the IBA. He was the President of the Andean Commission of Jurists until 2010. He has served as the Chairman of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and earlier he worked as the Rapporteur for Latin American Indigenous People Rights Matters. He has also been professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at Universidad Católica “Andres Bello”, at Universidad Central de Venezuela and at Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico. Mr. Ayala has lectured extensively at Georgetown University, at the American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Oxford. The UN High Commissioner assigned Mr. Ayala as an expert for the observation and monitoring process related to the selection and appointment of the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice of Ecuador (2005) and in Guatemala (2009). He has presented cases regarding the defense of human rights before several international organizations including IAHRC, UN and UNESCO. Carlos Ayala is the author of several publications on Constitutional Law and Human Rights.

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CATALINA BOTERO. COURSE: Libertad de Expresión (Spanish)

Catalina Botero is the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Before assuming the position of Special Rapporteur, Ms. Catalina Botero worked as Auxiliary Magistrate at the Constitutional Court of Colombia for several different periods: between 2005 and 2008, 1995 and 2000, and 1992 and 1993. She previously held a number of public and private non-profit posts in Colombia, including: National Director of the Office for the Promotion and Dissemination of Human Rights, in the Office of the People's Defender of Colombia; Director of the Consultancy for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Social Foundation; adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation; and professor and researcher at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes. She received her law degree in 1988 at the Universidad de los Andes and did her postgraduate studies at that university as well as in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Complutense, the Center for Constitutional Studies and the Universidad Carlos III.

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ANTONIO AUGUSTO CANÇADO TRINDADE. COURSE: Human Rights and International Tribunals (English)

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade is a Judge with the International Court of Justice (Brazil). Previously, he worked with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as a Judge, Vice-President, and President. He was also the Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, where he is today a Member of the Board of Directors. He has been an Adviser of UNDP and UNEP for special projects as well as a Legal Adviser to the Council of Europe. In the past he played a significant role in representing Brazil in many international human rights meetings, regional and world conferences including those of the United Nations and the Organization of American States. He has advised international entities, such as UNHCR, UNDP, UNESCO, and, at regional level, the OAS and the Council of Europe. He is also in a leadership position with several journals of international law. Judge Cançado Trindade received his PhD and his LL.M. in International Law from the University of Cambridge and his LL.B. from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Today he is Emeritus Professor of International Law of the University of Brasilia, Brazil. He is Honorary Professor of the University of Utrecht, and Honorary Fellow of the University of Cambridge. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of seven Latin American Universities, and one European University, in distinct countries. He is a Member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law, as well as the Institut de Droit International, and the Board of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is the current President of the Latin American Society of International Law. He is the author of several books on Public International Law and International Law of Human Rights, published in different languages in several countries.

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SANTIAGO CANTON. COURSE: Libertad de Expresión (Spanish)

Santiago A. Canton is the Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (www.rfkcenter.org). At the RFK Center, Mr. Canton manages programs around the globe that promote and protect human rights and strengthen democratic processes through strategic litigation, capacity building, and advocacy initiatives. Mr. Canton is also an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2013, Mr. Canton served as a member of the World Bank Panel of Experts on Human Rights, part a process that reviewed the Bank's environmental and social safeguard policies. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Canton was the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 1998, he was elected as the first Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in the Inter American System. From 1994 to 1998 Mr. Canton was Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Mr. Canton was a political assistant to President Carter in democratic development programs in countries in Latin America. In 2005, Mr. Canton was awarded the Chapultepec Grand Prize for his contributions to the promotion, development, strengthening, and defense of the principles of freedom of expression throughout the Americas. Mr. Canton holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master degree in International Law from the Washington College of Law of American University. His writings and interviews have been featured in numerous news outlets, including CNN Español, theMiami Herald, National Public Radio, The New York Times, El Pais, Voice of America, The Washington Post, and newspapers throughout Latin America.

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JOHN CERONE. COURSE: International Humanitarian Law (English)

John Cerone is Visiting Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Professor of Law at the New England School of Law. He teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Prosecution, and International Organizations. He has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and a visiting scholar at the International Criminal Court. He has also been a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

As a practicing international lawyer, Professor Cerone has worked for a number of different intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group, and has served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. He has received the President’s Award of the Boston Bar Association for his legal work on Guantanamo Bay issues, which has included representing major international human rights organizations in detainee litigation before US courts and international human rights institutions.

Professor Cerone is the U.S. Member of the International Law Association’s (ILA) International Human Rights Law Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the Human Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and as Chair of the International Human Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He is accredited by the United Nations to represent the ASIL before various U.N. bodies. He is an elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and has served in the ICRC Expert Group on the Law of Occupation. In 2009 he was appointed special adviser to the first U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Council.

He has lectured on human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal law at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo), the US Naval War College, the Inter-American Defense College, the Canadian Forces Staff College, the Institut International des Droits de l'Homme, and in the ICRC Annual Course. He has taught in over 40 countries across all regions of the globe and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters on international law, as well as the casebook Public International Law: Cases, Problems, and Texts (with Dinah Shelton and Stephen McCaffrey).

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REBECCA COOK. COURSE: Women and International Human Rights Law (English)

Rebecca Cook is a Professor of Law and Faculty Chair in International Human Rights at the University of Toronto where she also serves as a Co-Director of the International Program on Reproductive and Sexual Health Law. She is the Ethical and Legal Issues Co-editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a member of the editorial Board of the Human Rights Quarterly. Her publications include over one hundred and fifty books, articles and reports in the areas of international human rights, and women's health and feminist ethics law. Ms. Cook has earned a number of academic degrees including A.B. (Barnard University), M.A. (Tufts U.), M.P.A. (Harvard U.), J.D. (Georgetown U.), and J.S.D. (Columbia U.).

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MAC DARROW. COURSE: Human Rights and Development (English)

Mac Darrow is the Chief of the Millennium Development Goals Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN/OHCHR), working on policies, programming tools, advocacy and capacity building strategies to mainstream human rights within the UN system. He has extensive experience on human rights and development issues in policy, and, operational and academic settings. He has published monographs, chapters in edited volumes and articles in refereed journals on international human rights law, international organizations and development. He has also worked as a consultant for various United Nations agencies including the World Bank.

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OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER. COURSE: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (English)

Olivier De Schutter is an expert on social and economic rights and on trade and human rights. Between 2004 and 2008, he served as Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). He was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in March 2008 and assumed his functions on May 1, 2008. He is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at the College of Europe (Natolin). He holds a LL.M. from Harvard University, a diploma cum laude from the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Louvain. He has been lecturer in law at the University of Leicester (UK) and has been teaching European Union law, International and European Human Rights Law and legal theory at numerous universities in New York, France, Finland, Portugal, Benin and Puerto Rico.

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EDUARDO FERRER MAC-GREGOR POISOT. COURSE: Implementación de los Derechos Humanos en Derecho Interno (Spanish)

Eduardo Ferrer Mac‐Gregor Poisot is a current Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and a full-time Researcher at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Judge Mac-Gregor holds a Law Degree from the Autonomous University of Baja California, where he obtained the "Academic Merit" Award for the highest average of his class (9.9). He specialized in “Human Rights” at the International Institute of Human Rights of Strasbourg France and also holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Navarra, Spain, with the thesis: "The constitutional remedy ofamparoin Mexico and Spain: Study of comparative law";Cum Laudeby unanimous decision.

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FELIPE GOMEZ ISA. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia (Spanish)

Felipe Gómez Isa is professor of Public International Law at the University of Deusto and researcher for the Human Rights Institute in Pedro Arrupe, where he serves as director of the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization. He also directs the Programa de Formación en Derechos Humanos para Líderes Indígenas which has been in effect since 2000 in cooperation with the Office ofthe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Professor Gómez Isa is a visiting lecturer in a diverse number of universities in Europe, Latin-American and Asia. Among his books, the following stand out, La Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos (1998) El derecho al desarrollo como derecho humano en el ámbito jurídico internacional (1999), El Caso Awas Tingni contra Nicaragua. Nuevos horizontes para los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas (2003), Privatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation (2005, edición junto a Koen de Feyter), El derecho a la memoria (Director, 2006), Colombia en su laberinto. Una mirada al conflicto (Director, 2008), International Human Rights Law in a Global Context (2009, edición junto a Koen de Feyter), La plasmación política de la diversidad. Autonomía y participación política indígena en América Latina (2011), Rethinking Transitions. Equality and Social Justice in Societies Emerging from Conflict (2011, edición junto a Gaby Oré), o Los derechos indígenas tras la Declaración. El desafío de la implementación (2013, edición junto a Mikel Berraondo).

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FELIPE GONZÁLEZ MORALES. COURSE: Implementación de los Derechos Humanos en Derecho Interno (Spanish)

Felipe González Morales is Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, of which he was formerly president. He is the Rapporteur on Migrant Workers and country Rapporteur of Brazil, Cuba, the United States and Venezuela. He is a professor of International Public Law and Constitutional Law at the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago, Chile. Previously he served as the Director of the Legal Research Center, Founder and Director of the Center for Human Rights as well as the Latin American Network of Human Rights Legal Clinics, and Representative on Global Rights to Latin America. He holds a Doctorate and a Master’s in Advanced Studies in Human Rights from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid as well as a Master’s in International Law from American University. He has been a professor of the Academy since 2001. He was the Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught a class on Globalization and Human Rights in Latin America. In Madrid, he teaches Master’s courses at the Universidad Carlos III. Since 2003, he has taught with the program of Fundamental Rights and with the program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights since 2008. He also teaches Master’s courses in Human Rights at the Universidad de Alcalá since 2004 and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 2010. Professor González has also taught classes at the Universidad de Deusto, the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, the Universidad Externado de Columbia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the University of Venice and Lund University. An author of several publications in his field, Gonzalez has also co-authored and edited 14 books and more than 100 scholarly articles.

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CLAUDIO GROSSMAN. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Claudio Grossman, Dean of American University Washington College of Law and the Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law, is an expert on international law, human rights, and Inter-American affairs. Grossman was unanimously re-elected in May 2012 to a third term as chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture, a position which he has held since April 2008, and has been a Committee member following his November 2003 election to that body. He was previously a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files. Grossman served as president of the College of the Americas, an organization of colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere, from November 2003-November 2007. Previously, he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1993-2001, where he served in numerous capacities including twice as its President (1996 and 2001) as well as the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous populations and the special rapporteur on women's rights. He has participated in numerous on-site visits and election-observing missions in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has also worked on international legal issues with the United Nations and the International Human Rights Law Group (now known as Global Rights). Grossman is fluent in Spanish, French, and Dutch. He is the author of numerous books and articles on international law, human rights, and the law of international organizations, and the recipient of numerous awards for his work in those fields

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CHRISTOFF HEYNS. COURSE: Regional Systems: European and African Human Rights Law (English)

Christof Heyns holds the degrees MA LLB University of Pretoria; LLM Yale Law School; and PhD University of the Witwatersrand. He is Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. In August 2010 he was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. In this capacity he reports to the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the General Assembly in New York. Professor Heyns is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC, USA, and a Visiting Fellow at Kellog College at Oxford University, UK, where he has been teaching in the masters’ program since 2005. During the first part of 2012 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. He is a former Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as well as former Dean of that faculty. He has published widely in the field of international human rights law, including the book The Impact of the United Nations Human Rights Treaties on the Domestic Level (with Frans Viljoen) and especially on human rights law in Africa (including the book Human Rights Law in Africa). He is the founding co-editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Reports and was the founding co-editor of the African Human Rights Law Journal and serves on the editorial boards of academic law journals in the UK, France, Brazil, The Netherlands, Costa Rica and Uganda. He has served as consultant to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the African Union and the South African Human Rights Commission. His publications have appeared in English, Afrikaans, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. He has received a Humboldt Fellowship to the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany, as well as the University of Pretoria’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and Learning.

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CHRIS JOCHNICK. COURSE: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (English)

Chris Jochnick is the Director of Private Sector Department at Oxfam America, where he focuses on business and development. He is the co-founder of two human rights organizations in New York and Ecuador. Prior to joining Oxfam, he worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He has more than 18 years of experience working on human rights and corporate accountability issues, including seven years in Latin America, where he helped to gather evidence for an eventual litigation against Texaco in Ecuador. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the Echoing Green and MacArthur foundations.

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VIVIANA KRSTICEVIC. COURSE: Litigio y Activismo en Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Viviana Krsticevic is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law. Ms. Krsticevic received her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and an LLM from Harvard University. She has led numerous conferences and workshops in the Americas and Europe on the international protection of human rights. Ms. Krsticevic has also litigated cases before both the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is the author of numerous articles, which have been published in the US, Latin America and Europe.

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EDISON LANZA. COURSE: Libertad de Expresión (Spanish)

Edison Lanza is the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression at the Organization of American States (OAS). Prior to joining the OAS, he worked as a reporter in various media outlets and as a counsel for the Uruguayan journalists’ union. In addition, he was a consultant for several international organizations such as the UN Special Rapporteurship on Freedom of Expression, the World Bank and the UNESCO. Lanza has been a member, director and founder of several NGOs on freedom of expression and access to information issues and is the author of many publications on the matter. He was hired by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador to develop a bill that guarantees the exercise of the right of reply and correction and was appointed by Uruguay’s Executive branch as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee that drafted the basis of the bill of Audiovisual Communication Services.

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JULISSA MANTILLA. COURSE: Mujeres y el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Julissa Mantilla is a lawyer and professor at the Law School and the Gender Diploma of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She obtained her Master’s degree (LLM) from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) of the University of London in 2000. She received a scholarship from the World Bank and from LSE in order to accomplish her postgraduate studies. Her main interests are international human rights law, gender issues, human rights of women and the comparative study of cases of sexual violence against women, especially during armed conflict. In 1995, she was appointed as the Peruvian Representative of the International Development Bank Delegation at the Fourth Women's International Conference and NGO Forum. In 1998, she was selected as a Junior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, based at the George Washington University, where she developed the publication "Human Rights in the USA Foreign Policy: The Peruvian Case". From 1998 to 1999, she worked at the Peruvian Ombudsman Office for Human Rights, researching violations of reproductive rights in Peru, especially the cases of forced sterilization against Peruvian women. From 2002 to 2003, she was part of the legal team of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR); she was particularly responsible for the matters related with sexual violence against women. In addition, as a gender consultant, she was in charge of incorporating a gender perspective through all the work of the CVR. Likewise, during 2003 she was a consultant for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia and the Women and Armed Conflict Board, developing techniques of documenting cases on violence against women.

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CLAUDIA MARTIN. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Claudia Martin is a professional lecturer in residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law. She holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires; an LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law, and completed graduate studies in international relations at a program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and the Government of Italy. She teaches and specializes in international law, international and comparative human rights law and Inter-American human rights law. She serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, Oxford University Press and Amsterdam Center for International Law. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Program, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; the Advisory Board of the Impact Litigation Project, American University Washington College of Law, and a member of the Editorial Board, Revista Iberoamericana de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. She also writes on Inter-American Human Rights Law for the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.

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SIOBHAN MCINERNEY-LANKFORD. COURSE: Human Rights and Development (English)

Siobhán McInerney-Lankford is Senior Counsel at the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency (Africa Practice Group) and a recognized expert in international human rights law, advising the World Bank in this area since 2002. She regularly represents the World Bank in international human rights fora, including the United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)., including at the UN Task Force on the Right to Development, Vienna +20 and the UN OWG exercise on SDGs; from 2006-2008 she served as chair of the OECD DAC Human Rights Task Team. Dr. McInerney-Lankford has published widely on human rights law and its links to development; she has taught at American University’s Washington College of Law, the Venice Master’s Program and the UN Summer Academy. She is co-chair of the ASIL Human Rights Interest Group, co-chair of the Human Rights and Development Community of Practice under the Global Forum on Law Justice and Development and LEG advisor to the Health, Nutrition, and Population and Governance Global Practices of the World Bank. Dr. McInerney-Lankford holds an LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin, (First Class Honors), an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a B.C.L. and D.Phil. in EU human rights law (EU Marie Curie Fellow) both from Oxford University. In 2010 and 2011, she was named among the Irish Legal 100 by the Irish Voice newspaper. Before joining the World Bank, she worked in private practice in Washington, D.C.. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Rhode Island.

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JUAN E. MENDEZ. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia (Spanish)

Juan E. Méndez is the U.N. Special Rapporteur against Torture and visiting professor of international law at American University. He is a member of the advisory council of the Center for Human Rights at the American Bar Association (ABA). He is an attorney who graduated from the Catholic University Stella Maris de Mar del Plata, Argentina. He worked at Human Rights Watch from 1982 to 1994 where he focused on human rights issues in the Americas. From 1994 until 1996, he served as Chief Lawyer of HRW on related topics with the entire practice of the institution. He served as Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights of Costa Rica (1996 – 1999). He was professor of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (1999 – 2004). He was also member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and served as president in 2002 (2000 to 2003). He was elected Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN for the Prevention of Genocide (2004-2007). In recognition of his work in human rights, he received various awards such as the Monseñor award Oscar Romero (2000) and the Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan award extended by the Heartland Alliance (2003).

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THEODORE PICCONE. COURSE: United Nations Human Rights System (English)

Ted Piccone is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institute. He specializes on global democracy and human rights policies; U.S.-Latin American relations, including Cuba; emerging powers; and multilateral affairs. Prior to joining Brookings, he served eight years as a senior foreign policy advisor in the Clinton administration. Piccone was also the Executive Director and co-founder of the Democracy Coalition Project, a nongovernmental organization that conducts research and advocacy relating to democracy promotion policies at the national, regional and global levels.From 1992 to 1993, Ted Piccone served as a counsel for the United Nations Truth Commission in El Salvador. In addition, he has authored or edited multiple volumes and articles on foreign policy, Latin America and human rights.

He holds a Law Degree from Columbia University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law ReviewandThe Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, and a B.A. in history magna cum laudefrom the University of Pennsylvania.

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FAUSTO POCAR. COURSE: Sistema de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (Spanish)

Judge Fausto Pocar was the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia until 16 November 2008. He was elected to that position by his fellow judges on 17 November 2005. He had previously served as the Vice-President between March 2003 and November 2005. Judge Pocar has been a Tribunal judge since 1 February 2000, re-elected twice by the UN General Assembly in 2001 and 2005. Judge Pocar is Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, where he has also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and as the Vice-Rector. He is the author of numerous publications on International Law, including human rights and humanitarian law, Private International Law and European Law. He has lectured at The Hague Academy of International Law. He is a member and treasurer of the Institut de Droit International, as well as a member of several other international law associations. As of 2012, he also serves as President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy. Judge Pocar has a long-standing experience in UN activities, in particular in the field of human rights and humanitarian law. He has served for 16 years (1984-2000) as a member of the Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and has been its Chairman (1991-92) and Rapporteur (1989-90). Further, he was appointed Special Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for visits to Chechnya and the Russian Federation during the 1995-6 conflict. He has also chaired the informal working group that drafted, within the Commission on Human Rights, the Declaration on the rights of people belonging to national or ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, which was adopted in 1992 by the General Assembly. For a decade, he has also been the Italian delegate to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Legal Subcommittee. Since his appointment to the ICTY, Judge Pocar has served first as a Judge in a Trial Chamber, where he sat on the first case concerned with rape as a crime against humanity, and later in the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal, where he is still sitting. As a Judge of the Appeals Chamber, he is also a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On appeal, he has participated in the adoption of the final judgments in several ICTY and ICTR cases, heard both at The Hague and in Arusha, Tanzania.

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MONICA ROA. COURSE: Mujeres y el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Mónica Roa is the Programs Director at Women’s Link Worldwide. Women's Link Worldwide is an international human rights non-profit organization working to mainstream gender into the world of justice and human rights. With this objective in mind, she strives to advance women's rights through the implementation of international human rights standards and strategic work with the courts, including strategic litigation. Mónica Roa has a degree in law from the University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) as a Global Public Service Law Scholar from New York University. Since 2004, at Women’s Link Worldwide she has developed her ideas regarding the judiciary as a pivotal branch in democratic society and has worked to foster greater dialogue between civil society and the courts on how to interpret rights from a gender perspective. Her work led her to file a petition before the Constitutional Court of Colombia, which led to the liberalization of the country's abortion law. Her contribution to human rights and women’s rights has been recognized by the most important media outlets in the country, which have awarded her accolades including ‘person of the year’ in 2005 and 2006. In 2011 she was recognized as one of the ten best leaders of Colombia by SEMANA and the Leadership and Democracy Foundation. In 2012 America’s Quarterly awarded her as one of the “heroes of social inclusion”. She has participated in academic, political and legal conferences in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. Her publications include: "Bodies on Trial: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin American Courts" (2002); "Litigating Reproductive Rights at the Inter-American System for Human Rights" (Harvard, 2003); "Litigio de alto impacto en Colombia, la inconstitucionalidad del aborto" (Paidós, 2006); "El derecho a decidir, avances, obstáculos y amenazas" (Razón Pública, 2009); "La objeción de conciencia en el aborto: escudo, no espada" (Razón Pública, 2010); "Great Eggspectations: La tecnología reproductiva y los nuevos retos para la autonomía de las mujeres" (U. Nacional de Colombia, 2010); “El procuradorcillo mentiroso: lo que sea con tal de impedir los derechos reproductivos” (Razón Pública, 2011); “Cuerpos de mujer, territorios de guerra” (Razón Pública 2011) and “Aborto, segundo round” (Razón Pública, 2011). She currently resides in Bogota.

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DIEGO RODRÍGUEZ-PINZÓN. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Diego Rodriguez-Pinzón is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL). He holds an LL.M. degree from WCL and an SJD degree from George Washington University Law School. He teaches courses in the fields of international law and human rights law. He was recently appointed Ad Hoc Judge to sit in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He also works as a correspondent for the British periodical Butterworths Human Rights Cases where he covers the Americas and reports on the Inter-American system for the Netherlands Human Rights Quarterly. He has served as international legal consultant for international organizations and agencies including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.

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ERIC ROSENTHAL. COURSE: The Rights of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Groups (English)

Eric Rosenthal is Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International (DRI), and NGO dedicated to the promotion of the human rights of people with disabilities. He has served as a consultant for international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the US National Council on Disability (NCD). In 2008, Rosenthal received the Henry A. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for his extensive advocacy for people with disabilities. He has also received several more prizes in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the human rights field and was appointed the 2015-2016 Fr. Robert Drinan Chair in International Human Rights by the Georgetown University Law Center. Rosenthal has published many reports, articles, and op-eds, bringing attention to the concerns of children and adults segregated from society in orphanages, psychiatric facilities, and other institutions and has trained activists in 40 countries and helped establish advocacy groups run by people with disabilities in Hungary, Kosovo, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

He holds a law degreecum laude from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Chicago.

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PABLO SAAVEDRA. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Pablo Saavedra is currently Executive Secretary at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. As an attorney for the National Corporation on Reparation and Reconciliation of Chile, he investigated human rights violations that occurred between 1973 and 1990 in Chile. He has also worked as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and has presented numerous lectures and conferences at various universities. He graduated from the Diego Portales University in Chile and obtained his Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Notre Dame.

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JUANA SOTOMAYOR. COURSE: Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (Spanish)

Juana Sotomayor received her doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Universidad del Azuay of Ecuador in 1999, and in 2010 she received her M.A. in education from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. As a fellow of the Carnegie Council’s Human Rights Initiative in 2000, she researched the public legitimacy of economic, social, and cultural rights in small towns in Ecuador where she is developing a project entitled, "The Public Legitimacy of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Rural Ecuador." She is also the Spanish coordinator of the British Council in Quito, Ecuador, and provides pedagogical consulting to the Colegio Einstein and the Centro Educativo. In 1998, she created a module on environmental laws for the Ecuador National Parks staff. She seeks to apply her background in law and education to improving democratic participation and adult education in Ecuador or the Andean region. In 2005 she was the coordinator of the Training and Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights program at the Centro de Derechos Economicos y Sociales (CDES) in Ecuador. Since 2007, Ms. Sotomayor is Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and her focus is on the legal protection of economic, social and cultural rights.

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SYLVYA STEINER. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia Internacional (Spanish)

Judge Sylvia Steiner has comprehensive experience in criminal and international law, in particular the international law of human rights and international humanitarian law. She was a lawyer from 1977 to 1982, and subsequently Federal Public Prosecutor from 1982 to 1995, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1995, she was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal, where she served as a judge until her election to the International Criminal Court in 2003. From 1989 to 1995, she was a member of the Penitentiary Council of São Paulo, where she served as a vice-president for four years. Judge Steiner obtained her law degree at the Law School of São Paulo University. In 1999 she received her specialist degree in criminal law at Brasilia University and in 2000 obtained her master’s degree in international law at the Law School of São Paulo University. Judge Steiner has written extensively on human rights, the rights of women and children, criminal law and international criminal law. She is a founding associate member of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences, and was Deputy Director of the Brazilian Criminal Sciences Journal for four years. She is also a member of the Brazilian Judges for Democracy Association. Judge Steiner has been a member of the Executive Council of the Brazilian Section of the International Jurists Commission. As a lecturing professor, she has addressed classes and given lectures at the most important universities in Brazil and at conferences in Latin America, Europe and Africa. She was a member of the Brazilian delegation to the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court from 1999 to 2002. She was also a member of the Official Working Group on the Implementation of the Rome Statute in 2003, in Brazil.

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ALEJANDRO VALENCIA VILLA. COURSE: Derecho Internacional Humanitario (Spanish)

Alejandro Valencia Villa is a Colombian lawyer dedicated to the promotion and defense of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law since 1989. He is currently an independent consultant in human rights, humanitarian law and transnational justice and is a member of the academic committee of the Masters’ program on Human Rights at the Universidad Santo Tomás de Bogotá. Previously he was a consultant to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, both for its office in Bogota and to various projects in Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic. He has also been called as an expert witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He was general counsel to the Truth Commission of Ecuador and was a consultant to the Commission for Truth and Justice of Paraguay and the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation in Peru. He was also in charge of the Special Investigation Team of the Comisión de Esclarecimiento Histórico of Guatemala. He was the first National Director of Information Service and Processing of Complaints at the Defensoría del Pueblo in Colombia and was a lawyer at the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington D.C. as well as at the Comisión Andina de Juristas Seccional Colombiana (today it is called Comisión Colombiana de Juristas). He has published several books on human rights and humanitarian law, holding the title of author, editor or complier.

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JOSÉ MIGUEL VIVANCO. COURSE: Litigio y Activismo en Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

José Miguel Vivanco is an expert in Latin America. Currently, he works as the director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he worked as an attorney for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  He is the founder of the Center for Justice and International Law and has published various articles in Latin American newspapers. Vivanco studied law at the University of Chile  and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

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JAMIE WILLIAMSON. COURSE: International Humanitarian Law (English)

Jamie A. Williamson has worked in the field of international law and practice for over sixteen years, with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations, and in academia.

Presently, he is the Legal Advisor with the ICRC Advisory Services on International Humanitarian law (IHL) in Geneva, responsible for Common law Countries. In this role, he assists State authorities with the implementation of IHL, with a particular focus on international justice, private security companies, the Environment, torture, extra territorial use of force and terrorism.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Legal Advisor at the ICRC Washington, D.C. Regional Delegation, where he was responsible for ICRC legal activities in the US and Canada, with a focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2005 to 2008, Jamie Williamson was the ICRC Regional Legal Advisor based in Pretoria, South Africa, working with 17 countries in the region.

Before joining the ICRC, he worked for nearly ten years with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

He has published numerous papers on notably the repression of war crimes, international justice, the regulation of private security companies, the laws of war, and challenges to international humanitarian law in contemporary armed conflicts.

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LEO ZWAAK. COURSE: Regional Systems: European and African Human Rights Law (English)

Leo Zwaak is a former Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and Associate Professor, Utrecht University. Professor Zwaak was responsible for the Digest of Strasbourg Case-Law Relating to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe and Gross and Systematic Violations of Human Rights in Europe: the Case of Turkey. The Digest project (in cooperation with Council of Europe, Directorate of Human Rights; Professor P. van Dijk, co-editor) is designed to meet the needs of all those who are required to be, or have an interest in becoming, familiar with the case-law of the organs of the European Convention on Human Rights. The present project is an up-date of a six-volume publication on the case law of the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, covering the period from 1955 to 1996.  He is also the co-author of the book Theory and Practice of the European Convention of Human Rights, 4th revised edition 2006, Intersentia, Antwerp, Belgium. He has been teaching in Central and East Europe, Africa and Latin America. He is visiting Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C., the University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica and at the Viadrina European University, Frankfurt Oder, Germany.

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