Every year, international experts are invited to participate in the Course in order to address the specific topics proposed.

Professors edition 2019.

Victor Abramovich

Attorney General at the Supreme Court and professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and the National University of Lanús (UNLa).

He was a member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS), Executive Secretary of the MERCOSUR Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH MERCOSUR), and Executive Director of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

Daniel Cerqueira

He coordinates the Human Rights and Natural Resources Program of the Due Process of Law Foundation. He graduated in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Legal Studies from the University of Georgetown, United States, and in the Global Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy Program from the University of Genoa, Italy.

Before joining DPLF in 2014, he worked for eight years as a lawyer for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. He has written several opinion articles and essays that were published in English, Spanish and Portuguese on topics related to Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Relations and Politics.

Christian Courtis

He is an official of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York, where he works as an expert on matters related to human rights and development and economic, social and cultural rights. He is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires Law School (on leave), and visiting professor at the ITAM (México) and at other universities of Latin America, Spain and the United States. He has published many articles in connection with human rights and international protection treaties.


Es licenciado en historia por la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, y Master en Economic History con orientación en modelos de desarrollo de la London School of Economics, Universidad de Londres, Reino Unido, y Diploma en Dirección de Organizaciones en la Universidad San Pablo CEU de Madrid.

Fue becario e investigador de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, el CONICET y los gobiernos de Francia, España y el Reino Unido. Trabajó como director de programas y de operaciones en International Voice (Japón) y el British Council, la agencia de cooperación del Reino Unido donde desarrolló proyectos para la Argentina y América Latina en las áreas de Gobernanza, Educación y Desarrollo Sustentable. Consultor en organismos internacionales como CEPAL, Banco Mundial y BID, es docente en la Universidad Di Tella y actualmente Director a cargo del área de Energía, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de Poliarquía Consultores.

Roberto de Michele

He is a Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Innovation in Citizen Services Division. Roberto leads the IDB’s Cluster on Transparency and Integrity, responsible for providing support to public sector reforms in transparency, integrity and anti-corruption. In this capacity, he leads the Bank’s efforts in preparing lending operations, technical assistance and knowledge products related to transparency and integrity.

He is the Secretary of the Transparency Fund of the IDB and responsible for the program “Strengthening the Integrity of Financial Systems: Improving the Capacity to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing”. His articles and blogs are published widely in Gobernarte, and in the Transparency in Finance Infoguide, among others. Roberto is a Member of the Senior Advisory Board of the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Academy, IACA.

Before joining the IDB, he was the Director for Transparency and Preventive Policies at the Anticorruption Office of Argentina. He served as President of Fundación Poder Ciudadano, (TI Chapter Argentina) and is a founding member of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC). Roberto is a law graduate from the University of Buenos Aires with an LL.M. from Yale Law School (EEUU).

María Mercedes Di Virgilio

María Mercedes Di Virgilio

Degree in Sociology (1992). Master in Research in Social Sciences (2000) and Doctor in Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (2008). CONICET Independent Researcher based at the Gino Germani Research Institute (University of Buenos Aires). She is a permanent Professor of Social Research Methodology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Since 2018, she serves as Undersecretary at UBA.

She recently won the position of guest professor at the University of Poitiers, France. In 2017, she was distinguished as a Guest Professor of the Master’s and Doctorate Program in Architecture and the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She also won the place for the LLILAS Visiting Resource Professor Program (VRP), University of Texas at Austin, for the academic year 2017-2018. In 2013, she was awarded a Teaching Mobility scholarship to carry out the project “The processes and practices of residential and daily mobility in the context of Latin American cities” at the Institut des Hautes Études de l’Amérique latine, Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. In 2009 she obtained a CONICET postdoctoral fellowship to work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Between 2014 and 2018, she served as Secretary of Advanced Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences (UBA). Between 2009 and 2014, she was responsible for the implementation of the research and postgraduate program at the National University of Avellaneda. Between 2004 and 2008, she coordinated the Area of Urban Studies at the Gino Germani Research Institute. Between 1997 and 2007, she worked as a researcher-teacher in the Area of ​​Social Policies at the “Instituto del Conurbano” of the National University of General Sarmiento.

She was a CONICET postdoctoral fellow and a research fellow of the UBACyT Scholarship Program of the University of Buenos Aires, in the categories initiation and perfecting. Research Scholar at the Department of Sociology of the University of Texas at Austin. Junior Scholars Training Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center (first semester 2000).

Gala Díaz Langou

She is the Director of the CIPPEC’s Social Protection Program. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policies and Development Management from Georgetown University and holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Torcuato Di Tella University. She is Co-Chair of the Work Group of Sustainable Development Goals of the T20 and is the Argentine Representative before the W20. She is a professor at Torcuato Di Tella University.

She worked as a consultant for international entities, United Nations agencies and governments of the region. She is the President of América Solidaria in Argentina. She specializes in research on public policies related to social matters, specially related to gender and children’s rights. She is the author of more than 50 publications on social policies in Argentina and Latin America and of a book about early childhood (“El futuro es hoy”) and one about Gender Economic Equity within the G20.


He is an associate professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, where she lectures Property Law, Critical Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law. With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie focuses on power and exclusion, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in social change, as well as on socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements, property law and gender-based harm.

Among her recent publications are: J Dugard & N Seme (2018) “Property Rights in Court: An Examination of Judicial Attempts to Settle Section 25’s Balancing Act re Restitution and Expropriation”, 34(1) SAJHR; and J Dugard (2016) “Testing the Transformative Premise of the South African Constitutional Court: A Comparison of High Courts, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court socio-economic rights decisions, 1994-2015”, 20(8) The International Journal of Human Rights. Jackie is on the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR).

She was a co-founder and the first executive director (2010-2012) of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where she is a member of the Board. Jackie was the founder and first director of the Gender Equity Office (GEO) at the University of the Witwatersrand (2014-2016). She is on the Advisory Board of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at Wits, and she is a Global Fellow at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Bergen University), and an Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway. In May 2019, Jackie became a member of the South African Ministerial Task Team to advise on matters related to sexual harassment and gender-based violence at South African universities.

Guillermo Fernández-Maldonado Castro

He is a lawyer graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a PhD Degree in Law from the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. He has more than 30 years of academic experience and practice in the field of human rights and international relations.

Julissa Mantilla Falcón

She is a lawyer graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). She holds a degree in Gender Studies from the PUCP and a LLM from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a professor at several universities. She has served as an expert witness in matters related to sexual violence in armed conflict and gender stereotypes before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and as an international expert witness in the Symbolic Court of Colombia for victims of sexual violence in armed conflict (2011) and in the Court of Conscience of Peru for victims of sexual violence and forced sterilizations (2013).

She was an International Advisor on Gender and Transitional Justice for UN Women in Colombia (2008-2015), as well as a member of the Criminal Policy Commission created by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Colombia. She was in charge of gender issues in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru (2001-2003).

She is Amicus Curiae Foreign Jurist before the Court for Peace of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia. She has published several articles and documents on topics of her specialty.

Oscar Oszlak

Oscar Oszlak

PhD in Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Administration, UC in Berkeley; PhD in Economy and Public Accountant (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina –UBA-). He graduated from the International Tax Program, Harvard Law School. Former Director of the Master’s Degree in Public Administration at UBA, Senior Researcher of CONICET, Senior Researcher at CEDES. Former President of the INPAE Network (Inter American Network for Public Administration Education).

Former Undersecretary of Administrative Reform and Presidential Advisor (Alfonsin Presidency). Project manager and senior consultant (UNDP, IDB, World Bank, CLAD, OAS, etc.) in state reform, strengthening public management and analysis of government policies in Argentina and 20 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Founder and former President of the Argentine Society of Political Analysis, 1983-1994.

Consultant Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the UBA, Professor in Postgraduate Programs of the Universites of Buenos Aires, ISEN, San Andrés, FLACSO and San Martín. Former Professor in the universities of Tres de Febrero, Patagonia and others. He obtained the following awards and scholarships: UN, Peter Odegard Award, Tinker, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Ford, CLAD, etc. Winner of the first International Public Administration Award 2003 (American Society for Public Administration).

He was declared Outstanding Personality of Political, Economic and Social Sciences by the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires. Doctor Honoris Causa of the National University of Cuyo. Author of “La Formación del Estado Argentino” (“The Formation of the Argentine State”), “Merecer la Ciudad: los Pobres y el Derecho al Espacio Urbano” (“Deserving the City: the Poor and the Right to Urban Space”), “La Trama Oculta del Poder” (“The Hidden Plot of Power”), “Los Miedos de los Argentinos” (“The Argentineans´ Fears”), “Proceso, Crisis y Transición Democrática” (“Process, Crisis and Democratic Transition”), “Teoría de la Burocracia Estatal: Ensayos Críticos” (“Theory of the State Bureaucracy: Critical Essays”) and about 150 other articles, book chapters, etc., published in Argentina, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Roberto Saba

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) (1990), and holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Yale University (LLM 1995) and a PhD in Law from the same university (JSD 2011). He was dean at the University of Palermo (UP) Law School.

He is currently in charge of the Center for Postgraduate Studies of the aforementioned School. He was a co-founder and executive director of the Argentine Civil Rights Association (ADC) (2001-2009) and executive director of the Fundación Poder Ciudadano (Citizen Power Foundation), Argentine Chapter of International Transparency (1995-1998). He has been teaching Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the University of Buenos Aires and University of Palermo (Argentina) since 1997.

Javier Surasky

He is a lawyer, holder of a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation to Development and Humanitarian Aid from the International University of Andalucía, Spain, and a candidate for a PhD Degree in International Relations from the National University of La Plata.


He is a lawyer, with a Master’s degree (DEA) in sociology of development from the University Paris I (IEDES) and a Ph.D in Economy from Amiens University. He was a Professor and now a Professor Emeritus at the National University of Colombia, and has been a visiting professor at several universities.

He was an assistant magistrate and temporary replacement at the Constitutional Court and is co-judge of that Court and of the Council of State. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists and the United Nations ESCR Committee (2015-2018). He is also a columnist for El Espectador.

He was Director of Dejusticia and is currently th Director of the Drug Policy Area. His areas of interest are especially ESCR, transitional justice, judicial system and drug policy. He has published several books and articles on these issues, as author or co-author.