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2017 Instructors
 
 
 

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

Elizabeth Abi-Mershed is the Assistant Executive Secretary of the IACHR since 2007. A United States citizen, she is the Commission's Legal Director, in charge of coordinating and supervising the preparation of all reports on cases and thematic and country reports. She also coordinates the work of the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, as well as the specialized group that litigates cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She has worked at the IACHR since 1992 and has held the post of Assistant Executive Secretary since 2007. Elizabeth Abi-Mershed studied law at American University's Washington College of Law and did her postgraduate studies in international and comparative law at Georgetown University.

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

Victor Abramovich is currently the director of the masters program at the Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina. He has served as the Second Vice-president of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC) and was previously Commissioner and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women for the IAHRC. Prior to his work with the IAHRC, he was the Executive Director of Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), a consultant for the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, a consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank, legal advisor of the Ombudsman office of Buenos Aires and he has worked with the U.N. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee. Abramovich instructs the Human Rights course and directs the Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Buenos Aires, and teaches at Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina. Abramovich received his Juris Doctor from the University of Buenos Aires and his LLM from American University. He has written a number of articles, books and law reviews regarding human rights and the impact of litigation on economic, social and cultural rights.

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PAULO ABRÃO. COURSE: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Paulo Abrão has a PhD in Law, he is a law professor in Brazil and Spain and he is the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He is the former Executive Secretary of the Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR and Chairman of Brazil’s Amnesty Commission, in charge of the policies on reparations and memory for the victims of the dictatorship. Also, he was Brazil’s Secretary of Justice, the Chairman of the National Committee for Refugees and of the National Committee against Human Trafficking. He has professional experience in the management of public policies, as well as financial and budgetary administration. He has worked in the academic, non-governmental, governmental and international areas, coordinating plural and diverse working teams. He also has experience in fundraising and directing international cooperation projects in partnership with international organizations.

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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: Libertad de Expresión (Spanish)

Carlos Ayala is a lawyer specializing in Public Law (Constitutional and Human Rights). He is a Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Catholic University "Andres Bello", the Central University of Venezuela, University of Oxford (UK); Georgetown University, American University of Washington College of Law (USA) and the Pan-American University (Mexico). Also, he is a member of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences of Venezuela, Member of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva, Switzerland (2012) and Member of Board of International Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association (IBAHRI).  In addition, he was the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (1997-98) and Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (1996-1999) and President of the Andean Commission of Jurists (2003-2009). He was a member of the International Commission appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the process of selection and appointment of the Supreme Court of Ecuador (2005) and UN consultant for the process of choosing the Supreme Court of Guatemala (2009). Carlos is a lawyer and human rights defender before many national and international bodies, advisor in several international organizations and NGO’s and author of several respected publications.

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TRACEY BEGLEY. COURSE: International Humanitarian Law (English)

Tracey Begley has served as a Legal Officer for the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2013. In this capacity, she is primarily responsible for the dissemination of International Humanitarian Law and works closely with U.S. and Canadian law professors. She has also spent time on ICRC field missions in Mexico and Colombia. Prior to this position, Tracey served as a legal attachée to the ICRC's Legal Division in the Geneva headquarters.

Tracey earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and has interned for the U.S. Department of Defense and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. While in law school, Tracey was an editor for the Human Rights Brief, and served as a student attorney litigating an Alien Torts Claims Act case. Prior to law school, Tracey worked for a human rights organization in Guatemala and spent two years working for a Washington, D.C.-based organization on the negotiation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty. Tracey is a member of the New York State Bar, and is a certified yoga instructor. 

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CATALINA BOTERO. COURSE: Libertad de Expresión (Spanish)

Catalina Botero is the Dean of the law school of the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. She was the former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights between 2008 and 2014. 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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LAURENCE BURGORGUE-LARSEN. COURSE: Derechos Humanos y Cortes Internacionales (Spanish)

Laurence Burgorgue‐Larsen is a Professor of Law at the Sorbonne Law School at the University Paris I and Co-Director of the “Institut de Recherche en droit international et Européen de la Sorbonne” (IREDIES). She has been teaching European Union law, Inter-American and European Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law at numerous universities in Europe (Spain, Germany, Netherlands, and Romania), Africa (Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast) and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru). Her research focuses on the areas of Human Rights Law, Comparative Law and European and International Law. She is the author of “L’Espagne et la Communauté européenne” (Belgium, ULB, 1995); “Libertés fondamentales” (Paris, LGDJ, 2003) and more recently, “La Convention européenne des droits de l’homme” (Paris, LGDJ, 2012). She has written with A. Úbeda de Torres, “Les grandes décisions de la Court Interaméricaine des droits de l’homme” (Bruylant, 2008). She has also published in Spanish “Las decisiones básicas de la Corte Inter-Americana de los derechos humanos” (Madrid, Civitas-Thomson-Reuters, 2009) and an updated version has been published in Oxford University Press (The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case Law and Commentary, 2011). Since January 2012, she has become a judge at the Constitutional Court of Andorra.

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ALDO CALIARI. COURSE: Los Derechos Humanos y su Relación con el Derecho Ambiental y el Desarrollo, Parte II - Derechos Humanos y el Desarollo (Spanish)

Aldo Caliari is the Senior Advisor at the Intergovernmental Group of 24 on Monetary Affairs and Development (G-24), which coordinates the position of developing countries on monetary and development issues in the deliberations and decisions of the Bretton Woods Institutions and other related fora such as the G20.

From 2002 to January of 2017 he was Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at the Washington DC-based Center of Concern. Previously he had joined as staff of the same project for two years. In those capacities he focused on global economic governance, debt, international financial architecture, human rights in international economic policy and linkages between trade and finance. Mr. Caliari was also co-founder and coordinator of RightingFinance Initiative, and was also an editor and contributor to the initiative’s blog (at www.rightingfinance.org).  He has done considerable public speaking for a variety of audiences that range from closed government briefings to academia and public education workshops in more than sixty countries. He edited four books on linkages between trade and finance and one on regional and global liquidity arrangements and his writings have been published in books, academic and specialized journals, and the media. He has been a consultant to several intergovernmental organizations -- such as UNCTAD, UNDP, UN DESA, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights— in addition to governments, civil society networks and foundations.

Mr. Caliari holds a Master of International Policy and Practice from George Washington University (2007), with a focus on economics and finance. He also holds a Masters Degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, on International Legal Studies (2000), where he was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Award. He earned his first degree in Argentina, at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman.

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ANTONIO AUGUSTO CANÇADO TRINDADE. COURSE: Derechos Humanos y Cortes Internacionales (Spanish)

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: Implementación de los Derechos Humanos en Derecho Interno (Spanish)

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 (www.rfkcenter.org). 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 Español, 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.

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JOHN CERONE. COURSES: International Humanitarian Law and Advanced International Humanitarian Law (English)

John Cerone holds faculty appointments as the Paul Martin Senior Professor in International Affairs & Law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and as a Visiting Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University). During the 2014-15 academic year, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Visiting Chair in Public International Law at Lund University Faculty of Law. He has been awarded fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.  He has been a visiting scholar at the International Criminal Court, and a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. As a practicing international lawyer, he has worked for a number of different IGOs and NGOs, including the UN, the OSCE, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group, and has served as a legal adviser to various international criminal tribunals. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, including Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. He also served as Special Adviser to the first U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Council. He received the President’s Award of the Boston Bar Association for his legal work on Guantanamo Bay issues, which includes representing human rights organizations in detainee litigation before US courts and international human rights institutions.

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

Rebecca Cook, J.D. (Georgetown U.), and J.S.D. (Columbia U.), is a Professor of Law emerita, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where she serves as a Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program. She is 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 and teaching focus on the human rights of women, law and policy on women's health and feminist ethics and law. Her most recent co-edited volume is Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective (UPenn Press, 2014) (Spanish edition, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2016).

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DAVID CRANE. COURSE: International Justice for Human Rights Violations (English)

David Crane holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts Degree in African Studies and a Bachelor of General Studies in History, summa cum laude, from Ohio University. Professor Crane was appointed a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law in 2006. From 2002-2005 he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Professor Crane was the first American since Justice Robert Jackson and Telford Taylor at Nuremberg, in 1945, to be the Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal. Professor Crane served over 30 years in the federal government of the United States. Appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the United States in 1997, Mr. Crane has held numerous key managerial positions during his three decades of public service, among his former posts we could mention Director of the Office of Intelligence Review.

Professor Crane teaches international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security law at the Syracuse University College of Law. Additionally, he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism, a joint venture with the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University. Professor Crane is on the leadership council of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section and currently serves as a co-chair on the sections International Criminal Court Task Force. In 2006/7, he founded Impunity Watch a law review and public service blog.

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

Mac Darrow is the Representative for the Washington DC Liaison Office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN/OHCHR). Prior to this, he was the Chief of the Sustainable Development Goals Section of OHCHR, working on research, policies and strategies to integrate human rights in development financing and poverty reduction strategies, and strengthen human rights policies and accountability frameworks within the UN development system at global and country levels. 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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HELEN DUFFY. COURSE: International Justice for Human Rights Violations (English)

Helen Duffy runs an international legal practice ‘Human Rights in Practice’ which specializes in strategic human rights litigation in regional and international human rights systems. She has conducted high-level human rights litigation on diverse issues including rendition and torture (eg Abu Zubaydah v Poland), judicial independence (eg Garzon v Spain), slavery and trafficking (eg Mani v Niger) or genocide (Plan de Sanchez v Guatemala) in the European, African, Inter-American systems and before ECOWAS and UN human rights bodies and national courts. Helen is the Gieskes Chair of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law atLeiden University. For ten years prior to establishing Human Rights in Practice she was the Legal Director of INTERIGHTS. Prior positions included Legal Adviser in the Prosecutors Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Counsel to Human Rights Watch on International Justice and Legal Director of CALDH Guatemala. Helen is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (LLB Hons 1989), University College London (LLM 1990), Edinburgh (DipLP 1991) and Leiden (PHD 2013). Publications include “The ‘War in Terror’ and the Framework of International law (CUP 2015 2nd ed).”

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BERNARD DUHAIME. COURSE: Sistema de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (Spanish)

Bernard Duhaime is a member of the UN's Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Also, he is a professor at the Law Department in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM, in Canada). Mr. Duhaime has published extensively on international human rights law issues and is a member of several research centers in Canada. He was the founding director of UQAM’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights and was appointed as the 2011 Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in the United States. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program in the United States, at the Faculty of Law of Palermo University in Argentina and at the European University Institute in Italy. He has been involved in the defense and promotion of human rights since 1996, both in national and international human rights agencies, including as a staff attorney of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. Mr. Duhaime has advised many human rights and indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights defenders and attorneys, as well as intergovernmental organizations and States. He has represented or assisted victims and human rights defenders before the Inter-American and the European human rights systems as well as UN specialized agencies and mechanisms. Bernard Duhaime has studied law at McGill University in Canada as well as at Notre Dame University in the United States and is a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada.

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SILVIA FERNANDEZ DE GURMENDI. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia Internacional (Spanish)

Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi has been a Judge with the ICC as of 20 January 2010, for a term of eight years and two months (to fill a judicial vacancy). She was assigned to the Pre-Trial Division and assumed full time duty on 17 January 2011. A National of Argentina, she was elected from List A (competence in criminal law and procedure) on 18 November 2009.

Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Fernández de Gurmendi was the Director General for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, where she acted as a representative of her country in cases before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Justice. She also represented Argentina before other human rights bodies and advised on transitional justice issues related to the prevention of genocide and other international crimes.

She played a leadership role in the creation and setting up of the International Criminal Court as President on the Working Group on Criminal Procedure and Vice-President of the Committee of the Whole at the Rome Conference. She was also instrumental in the negotiations of the complementary instruments of the Rome Statute as chair of the Working Group on Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Working Group on Aggression.

Judge Fernández de Gurmendi's academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the Universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo and as an assistant professor of international law at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published a number of national and international publications related to the ICC including, amongst others, the role of the Prosecutor, criminal procedure, and the definition of victims.

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, a Masters in Public Law from the University of Limoges, France, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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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 Judge and current Vice President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He is a researcher in the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as the Coordinator for the area of research of Constitutional Law and secretary of the Héctor Fix-Zamudio International Legal Research Award. He is an officially qualified professor of the Faculty of Law at UNAM and for the Master’s in Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Pan-American University. He has been a visiting professor and completed research stays in multiple Latin American and European universities, among which are Stanford University, Notre Dame, American University Washington College of Law (US), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Germany). He is author of numerous books and monographs on human rights and constitutional law, and coordinated the collection Justicia Interamericana of the Editorial Tirant lo Blanch.

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FELIPE GOMEZ ISA. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia Internacional (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 of the 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 Globalization (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 was Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights between 2008 and 2015, of which he was formerly president. He was 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 Colombia, 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 Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Spanish)

Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus, and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). Professor Grossman served as WCL dean from 1995-July 2016, at which time he decided to return to the faculty. He was appointed Dean Emeritus by American University's (AU) Board of Trustees in recognition of over two decades of commitment, dedication and distinction. Throughout his academic career, Professor Grossman has contributed to promoting the rule of law, human rights and legal education in both international and domestic organizations. Professor Grossman has been consistently recognized as one of the top 25 most influential people in legal education. He has also received numerous awards for his work with human rights and international law, including the Harry LeRoy Jones Award from the Washington Foreign Law Society and the René Cassin Award from B'nai B'rith International in Chile. Professor Grossman is the author of numerous publications regarding international law, international organizations and human rights. For a complete listing of publications and awards, see Professor Grossman’s CV.

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CHRISTOPHER HARLAND. COURSE: Advanced International Humanitarian Law (English)

Chris Harland is the ICRC's Legal Advisor in the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this position, he held ICRC legal positions in Kuala Lumpur (for Southeast Asia, from 2012 to 2014) and New Delhi (for South Asia, from 2007 to 2012). A Canadian lawyer, he worked in the Legal Division of the ICRC at its Headquarters in Geneva from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining the ICRC, Mr. Harland held positions with the United Nations in the Cyprus Referendum (2004), was a member of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002-2004), was the Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002, Head from 2000-2002), participated in the UN Secretary-General's Investigative Team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1998) and was a Legal Officer with the UN's Human Rights Commissioner's Field Operation in Rwanda (1996 to 1998). He has also worked in the Office of the Legal Counsel at UN Headquarters as an intern (1995) and clerked with a judge of the Federal Court of Canada (1993-1994).

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

Christof Heyns is professor of human rights law and Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law at the University of Pretoria, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights. He teaches on the human rights Masters’ programme at Oxford University, is adjunct professor at the American University in Washington DC, and in 2016 was a visiting professor at the University of Geneva.

Heyns is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. He was United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions 2010 – 2016. During 2016 he chaired the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi.

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

Viviana Krsticevic received her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a Masters 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 U.S., 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 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Prior to joining the OAS, he worked as a reporter in various media outlets and as a counsel for the Uruguayan journalists’ union and as a professor. 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 NGO's 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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LUIS LÓPEZ GUERRA. COURSE: Regional Systems: European and African Human Rights Law (English)

Luis López Guerra Is currently a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Hi has a degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Complutense de Madrid and a PhD from the same University. He is a professor of Constitutional Law at Carlos III University. He was a member of the Central Electoral Board, a magistrate and vice-president of the Constitutional Court and vice-president of the General Council of the Judiciary between 1996 and 2001. He was a Member of the Assembly of Madrid from 2003 to 2004, and he was Secretary of State for Justice of Spain between 2004 and 2007.

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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 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).

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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 is co-author of the books "The International Dimension of Human Rights, a guide for its implementation of international standards in domestic law" (with Claudio Grossman, Robert K. Goldman, and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón), IDB (1999 ) and International law of Human Rights (with Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón and José Antonio Guevara) Distributions Fontamara (2004). Her recent publications include: The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-Treatment in the Inter-American System: A Guide for Victims and their advocates; (published in English, Spanish and Portuguese) OMCT Handbook Series, World Organization Against Torture, Geneva (2006) (co-authored with Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón); Catching Up with the Past: Recent Decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Addressing Gross Human Rights Violations perpetrated During the 1970s 1980s, Human Rights Law Review Volume 7 Issue 4, Oxford University Press (2007); The Reform Debate in the Inter-American Human Rights System Ten Years After: Successes and Failures, Proceedings of the 7th Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law - 2005, June 30-July 2, 2005, TMC Asser Instituut, The Netherlands (2006); Moiwana Village and The Case: A New Trend in Approaching the Rights of Ethnic Groups in the Inter-American System, 19-2 Leiden Journal of International Law (2006).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 and a recognized expert in international human rights law, advising the World Bank in this area since 2002. She currently serves as country lawyer for CAR, Comoros, Madagascar and Syria. She regularly represents the World Bank in international human rights fora, including at the UN, EU and OECD. From 2006-2008 she chaired the OECD DAC Human Rights Task Team and currently serves as co-chair of the ASIL Human Rights Interest Group, the Human Rights and Development CoP under the GFLJD and as LEG advisor to the World Bank Governance Global Practice.

Dr. McInerney-Lankford has published widely on human rights law and is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on human rights methodology. She is an adjunct professor at AU Washington College of Law, and has taught at EPLO, EIUC (Venice Masters) and UN Summer Academy.

She holds an LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin, (First Class Honors), an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a B.C.L. and D.Phil. in EU human rights law both from Oxford. In 2010 and 2011, the Irish Voice newspaper named her among the Irish Legal 100 and in 2016 the Irish Times recognized her among the Irish Women of the World (Law). She is a member of the ABA and admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Rhode Island.

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

Juan E. Méndez is a Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence at the American University Washington College of Law, where he is Faculty Director of the Anti-Torture Initiative, a project to WCL’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He was the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment between November 2010 and October 31, 2016. In early 2017, Professor Méndez was elected Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland. In February 2017, he was named a member of the Selection Committee to appoint magistrates of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and members of the Truth Commission set up as part of the Colombian Peace Accords. He was an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court from 2009 to 2011 and Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association in 2010 and 2011. Until May 2009, he was the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.

A native of Argentina, Mr. Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defense of human rights, primarily in the Americas. As a result of his representation of political prisoners, the Argentinean military dictatorship arrested him and subjected him to torture and administrative detention for more than a year. During this time, Amnesty International adopted him as a “Prisoner of Conscience.” After his expulsion from his country in 1977, Mr. Méndez moved to the United States. For 15 years, he worked with Human Rights Watch, on human rights issues in the western hemisphere from 1982 to 1994 and, between 1994 and 1996, as General Counsel. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Méndez was the Executive Director of the Inter‑American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica, and between October 1999 and May 2004, he was Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Between 2000 and 2003 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and served as its President in 2002. He has taught International Human Rights Law at Georgetown Law School and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and he teaches regularly at the Oxford Master’s Program in International Human Rights Law in the United Kingdom, where he is a Visiting Fellow of the Kellogg College. He is the recipient of several human rights awards. His current field of practice is International Human Rights Law, with expertise in Transitional Justice, Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, and the Right to Personal Integrity. Mr. Méndez is a member of the bar of Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the District of Columbia, U.S., having earned a J.D. from Stella Maris Catholic University in Argentina and a certificate from the American University Washington College of Law.

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JENS MODVIG. COURSE: United Nations Human Rights System (English)

Jens Modvig is trained as a Medical Doctor and PhD and has used his medical background in the fight against torture for more than 20 years, working for inter alia DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture (formerly RCT) and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). He is responsible for the development and implementation of the health component of the Danish National Preventive Mechanism under OPCAT in collaboration with the Danish Ombudsman. In this capacity he has undertaken numerous visits to institutions where people are deprived of their liberty.

Dr. Modvig is currently Clinical Associate Professor in social medicine and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, as well as the Chief Medical Officer in DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture. He is also a member of the International Forensic Expert Group, working against torture under the auspices of IRCT

In October 2013 Jens Modvig was elected as a member of the United Nations Committee against Torture.

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JARNA PETMAN. COURSE: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (English)

Jarna Petman (LL.D., Docent) is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law (International Affairs & Community Relations), Senior Lecturer (att. to the duties of Professor) of International Law, and Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. Recipient of a number of teaching awards, she has been teaching mainly within the different areas of public international law and legal theory in Finland and abroad, and has published primarily within the fields of human rights, the law governing the use of force and legal theory. She has served on various domestic and international boards of academic associations in international law, international studies and law & literature; a former member of the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe, she is currently serving as Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. Petman is the Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Yearbook of International Law. For her previous research, please see the curriculum vitae and the list of publications.

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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 Review and The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, and a B.A. in history magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania

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FLAVIA PIOVESAN. COURSE: Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (Spanish)

Professor Flavia Piovesan, is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paolo, Brazil.

She was a visiting fellow of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International law; and a human rights fellow at the Centre for Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford .

Currently she is a Humboldt Foundation George Foster research fellow. Professor Piovesan is a Member of the Organization of American States working group for monitoring the San Salvador Protocol on social, economic and cultural rights.

She is also a Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights, of the National Council in Defense of the Rights of the Human Person, the Centre for Global Justice and the Human Rights University Network. Professor Piovesan is the author of several books and other publications on human rights and global development issues.

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FAUSTO POCAR. COURSE: Impunidad y Justicia Internacional (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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ASTRID PUENTES. COURSE: Los Derechos Humanos y su Relación con el Derecho Ambiental y el Desarrollo, Parte I - Derechos humanos y medio ambiente en Latinoamérica (Spanish)

Astrid Puentes is one of two Co-Executive Directors of AIDA. She is responsible for AIDA’s legal efforts and organizational management. Originally from Colombia, Astrid has worked for AIDA since 2003 and from AIDA’s office at CEMDA in Mexico City since 2004. She has significant experience with public interest litigation, especially in the field of human rights and the environment.  Astrid holds an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, and a J.D. from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Astrid has been a member of the Board of Directors of EarthRights International since 2014, and also sits on the board of International Rivers.

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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 Rodríguez-Pinzónis 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 a law degree from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, 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 served as Ad Hoc Judge in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2007 to 2011. He was also staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS and has litigated cases before international mechanisms on issues related to impunity, rule of law and human rights. During several years he has been invited faculty in the annual summer Study Session of the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France, among many other programs. His most recent articles includeIntroductory Note to the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Rights of Older Persons, (International Legal Materials (ILM), American Society of International Law, 2017); and Building Prevention to Protect: The Inter-American Human Rights System (co-author with Carlos Portales), (Anuario Colombiano de Derecho Internacional, 2017). His most recent books areLo Humano como Derecho - De lo internacional a lo Local (co-editor) (UCAB 2016); Human Rights of Older People: International and Regional Legal Perspectives (co-authored with Claudia Martin and Bethany Brown) (Springer SMB Publishers 2015); and The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights System. (co-authored with Claudia Martin), OMCT, Geneva, Switzerland (2014).

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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), an NGO dedicated to the international protection of the rights of people with disabilities. Rosenthal has trained activists and exposed human rights violations against people with disabilities in the orphanages and psychiatric facilities of more than three-dozen countries. He has served as a consultant to 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 “pioneering the field of international human rights advocacy for people with disabilities and bringing unprecedented international attention to their concerns.” He served as the 2015-2016 Fr. Robert Drinan Chair in International Human Rights by the Georgetown University Law Center, which conferred Rosenthal with an honorary doctorate of law in 2016. He also holds a law degree 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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MACARENA SÁEZ. COURSE: The Rights of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Groups (English)

Macarena Sáez is the Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and a Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program. She teaches in the areas of Gender and Sexuality, Family Law, Comparative Law, and International Human Rights. Her main areas of research are sexual orientation and gender identity, and gender discrimination in Latin America.

Macarena is a founding member of the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and Legal Education ALAS, an organization that provides training to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education. She is also member of Libertades Públicas, an organization that promotes civil liberties in Latin America. With this organization she was one of the lead counsels for the victims in the first case on sexual orientation before the Inter American System of Human Rights Karen Atala and daughters v. Chile.

Before coming to WCL Macarena was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in law school's curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence and human rights in different universities of Latin America and Europe. Saez has given her expert testimony on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity before the Constitutional Court of Colombia and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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GERALD STABEROCK. COURSE: United Nations Human Rights System (English)

Gerald Staberock, is the Secretary General of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) since September 1, 2011. Previously, he served over eight years with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), including as Director of its Center for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL) and as Director of its Global Security and Rule of Law Initiative. In this context, he coordinated the most comprehensive global inquiry on the impact of counter-terrorism and human rights through a high level panel of jurists (ICJ Eminent Jurists Panel). From 1998-2002 he worked at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw coordinating rule of law and anti-torture projects, including prison reform projects in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Gerald Staberock is a qualified lawyer from Germany concluding his judicial clerkship with the Higher Regional Court of Berlin. He studied in Bonn, Geneva and Washington DC (LL.M). He has published on issues of the rule of law in transition countries, the domestic implementation of international standards, counter-terrorism and human rights, including on the lack of accountability over intelligence agencies and cooperation, and on the role of civil society in international law.

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

Alejandro Valencia Villa is a Colombian lawyer, defender of Human Rights and currently an independent consultant on human rights, humanitarian law and transnational justice, professor of various master's programs and specializations in Human Rights in Colombian Universities. He was a member of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for the case of Ayotzinapa, México. He has been called before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights as an expert witness, consultant of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for diverse projects and activities in Latin America and he has worked with the Commissions of Truth of Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú and Guatemala. He has published various books on human rights, humanitarian law and transitional justice, as an author, editor or compiler and has also published a number of articles about these subjects.

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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: Advanced International Humanitarian Law (English)

Jamie A. Williamson is Head of Unit, Relations with Arms Carriers at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was previously the Legal Adviser for Common Law Countries at the ICRC. From 2008 to 2011, he served as the legal adviser for the ICRC Washington D.C. Delegation, providing legal support to the ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2005, as regional legal adviser based in Pretoria, South Africa, Jamie assisted government, the military and international organizations in southern and eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean on the implementation of international humanitarian law, weapons treaties (land mines, biological, chemical, conventional), and criminal repression for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Jamie Williamson also has extensive experience in the field of international criminal justice, having previously served with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he worked on the first international judgments on the crimes of genocide and war crimes in non-international armed conflicts. From 2002 to 2005, Jamie headed the legal support section of the ICTR Appeals Chamber based in The Hague. He has published numerous papers on repression of war crimes, international justice, and the challenges to international humanitarian law in modern day conflicts.

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JESSICA WYNDHAM. COURSE: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (English)

Jessica Wyndham is the Associate Director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s human rights activities, which include the Geospatial Technologies Project and On-call Scientists. She coordinates the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific, engineering, and health associations that recognize the role of science and technology in human rights. She also directs the “Article 15” Project which is aimed at defining and contributing to the implementation of the right to “enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications” (Article 15, ICESCR). Her areas of expertise include the practical application of international human rights and humanitarian standards in relation to refugees, internal displacement, combating terrorism, torture, and the death penalty, as well as the intersections of science, technology and human rights. She has managed projects engaging NGO's and national human rights institutions throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, including as Legal Adviser for a project of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ecuador, and as a consultant to the Asia Pacific Forum in Australia. Prior to joining the Association, she was the Legal Adviser on IDP Issues for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement. Her work has been published in Forced Migration Review, Human Rights Brief, Mechanical Engineering, Science, and Science and Engineering Ethics as well as online news sites, including SciDev.net. Jessica holds a BA (Hons.)/LLB (Hons.) (J.D. equivalent) from the Australian National University and an LLM from the University of New South Wales.

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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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