Julissa Mantilla is a lawyer and professor at the Law School and the Gender Diploma of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She currently serves as Specialist on the Gender Justice issues in the UNIFEM Women, Peace and Security Program, in Colombia. 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.
She has spoken at international conferences and workshops organized by institutions like the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (York University, Canada), Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA, Chile); The American Women in Development (acronym in English: AWID, Mexico); Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL, Spain); Attorney General of the National University and the Institute for Studies of the National Prosecution Colombia, La Morada Corporation and the Institute of Women (Chile), International Bar Association (IBA, Panama), among others. She was a Fulbright New Century Scholar with an investigation about Truth Commissions in Latin America and the gender perspective. She joined the Commission on Criminal Policy of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Colombia. She has been an international expert in the Symbolic Court of Colombia for victims of sexual violence in armed conflict (2011) and the Court of Conscience of Peru for victims of sexual violence and forced sterilizations (2013). She is a member of the Latin American Network of Law Academics (Red Alas) . Today Ms. Mantilla. is an International Special Adviser on Transitional Justice with a Gender Perspective for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN women).