Disability & Human Rights Fellowship Program

The Center's Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), brings attorneys from various parts of the world to AUWCL to engage in a specialized course of study focused on disability and human rights. This Fall, the Center is pleased to welcome the sixth cohort of Disability and Human Rights Fellows: Mariela Galeazzi. 

The program is the first of its kind, focused on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its integration into national and local law. AUWCL is one of six universities around the world participating in this program, which is now in its sixth year.

Meet Our Current Fellow

2016-2017 Fellows, Juan Pardo and Facundo Capurro Robles

mariela galeazzi


Mariela Galeazzi is an LL.M. student at the American University Washington College of Law and a recipient of the Disability Rights scholarship from the Open Society Foundations. She has a law degree from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2012 to 2014 she was a member of the Human Rights Law Clinic and the coordinator of the Disability Rights Law Clinic, both at the UNLP. For the past two years, she worked as the coordinator of the Disability and Human Rights area of ACIJ (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia). In this position, she advocated for inclusive education for children with disabilities and for de-institutionalization for people with psycho-social disabilities through strategic litigation and with organizations advocating for people with disabilities. At the regional level, she had an active role in the foundation of the Regional Network for Inclusive Education – Latin America. 

Meet Our Past Fellows