Juan Carlos Arjona Estevez

SJD Candidate


Juan Carlos Arjona Estévez, an SJD candidate at American University Washington College of Law, is currently completing his dissertation entitled “The International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law implementation at the domestic level." His fields include: International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law. He was head of the Iberoamericana University, Human Rights Program (2005-2007), Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Human Rights Center (2008-2009), Public Policy Director at the Minister of the Interior in Mexico (2009-2010), and has been Human Rights Consultant for several institutions (Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, United Nations Development Program-Mexico, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights-Mexico,  Mexican Bar Association, Memoria y Tolerancia Museum, among others).  He has several publications regarding Human Rights and has been invited to teach classes and give presentations on different countries such as Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, China, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and United States of America.

Degrees & Universities

SJD, Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
LL.M. in Human Rights, Iberoamericana University, Law Faculty
Specialization Diploma on Human Rights and Democratization Process, University of Chile, Law Faculty
Specialization Diploma on International Human Rights Law, International Institute on Human Rights 
Licentiate in Law, Iberoamericana University, Law Faculty 



Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos , et. al. (co-author),  International Criminal Court Handbook, Mexico, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2009.

Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos, et. al. (coordinator), Terrorism and Human Rights, Mexico, Iberoamericana University and Editorial Fontamara, 2008.

Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos, et. al. (coordinator), Analysis of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Jurisprudence, Iberoamericana University, 2008.

Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos, et. al. (coordinator), Towards a methodology to measure Human Rights in Mexico, Iberoamericana University, 2008.

Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos, et. al. (co-author), Glossary of Human Rights basic terms, Iberoamericana University and Mexico City Human Rights Public Commission, 2007.

Arjona Estévez, Juan Carlos, et. al. (co-author), “Migrant workers: Migrant Status and Human Rights” in Brevarios Juridicos No. 30, Mexico, Porrua, 2005.


“Prohibition of Torture: Strong Steps since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights” in Caballero Ochoa, José Luis, The Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Thoughts around its 60 anniversary, Iberoamerican University and Porrúa, 2009.

“Migrants, Transfer without Rights?,” in Meza, Liliana, et. al., Vulnerability of Migrants: The Mexican case, Mexico, Iberoamericana University, 2009.

“Law and the Responsibilities´ of Medics and Psychologists Addressing the Documentation of Torture,” in Considerations for the Investigation and Documentation of Torture in Mexico, Mexico, United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights in Mexico, 2007.

“Teaching Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: The Experience of the Iberoamericana University,” in Gutierrez Contreras, Juan Carlos, Human Rights Education, Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Mexico, 2006.

“Diagnosis of Human Rights Legal Education in Mexico” in Gutierrez Contreras, Juan Carlos, Human Rights Education, Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Mexico, 2006.

“The Contribution of the NGOs in the Creation of an Independent, Permanent and Efficient International Criminal Court” in Guevara Bermúdez, José Antonio, et. al.International Criminal Court: An Ibero-American perspective, Mexico, Porrua and Iberoamericana University, 2005.

“From the Rights of the Man… To Human Rights: A Road Still to Walk to Guarantee the Rights of Women in Mexico,” in McCadden, Carlos, et. al., Amendments to the Mexican Constitution, México, Mexican Bar Association, 2008.