Consultant on International Development Law, Health and Human Rights Cristina Leria is a lawyer with twenty years experience in legal empowerment and international development. Now an independent consultant, Ms. Leria has worked with the Pan-American Health Organization in a variety of capacities since 2008, including as Advisor, Human Rights Law for Health Services. As a member of the PAHO human rights team, she focused on the provision of technical cooperation to PAHO member countries, concerning the application of human rights legal obligations in areas such as medicinal products and technologies, mental health, disability, aging and HIV/AIDs. She has also helped develop and implement capacity building on human rights approaches within PAHO and for national-level public health services.
Prior to her work at PAHO, Ms. Leria was a lawyer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome from 1993 to 2006, where she was extensively involved in FAO’s program of legal assistance to member countries on natural resource management issues. Recent assignments have included consultancies with FAO on a number of technical cooperation projects including advising on the drafting of a regional cooperation agreement between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and water regulations in El Salvador. Ms. Leria holds degrees from the American University’s Washington College of Law (LLM, 2009, with a focus on health law and government); London School of Economics (LLM, 1991) and Universidad Autonóma, Madrid, Spain (1990).