Santiago Canton

Santiago A. Canton is the former Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights ( At the RFK Center, Mr. Canton managed 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 EspaƱol, the Miami Herald, National Public Radio, The New York Times, El Pais, Voice of America, The Washington Post, and newspapers throughout Latin America. Mr. Canton was recently appointed as Secretary for Human Rights for Buenos Aires in Argentina.