PROFESSORS

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

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).

León Carlos Arslanián

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, with a specialization in Criminal Sciences. He held different top positions in the Executive Branch and also in the Judicial Branch. He has been an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina from 2002 to date. He was a member of the Federal Chamber that judged the Military Juntas. He participated actively in the redesign of legal institutions: the criminal oral trials system in Argentina and the Police Reform in the Province of Buenos Aires, among others. In 2009, he was the co-founder of the Democratic Security Agreement (Acuerdo para la Seguridad Democrática), together with the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS), other NGOs and different political parties. He was a speaker in many national and international conferences and was the author of many works and bills related to his specialty.

Paola Bergallo

She is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, and holder of a Master’s Degree and PhD in Law from Stanford University. She is currently an associate professor at the Torcuato Di Tella University Law School and researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen. She conducts research on matters related to human rights, gender and health, socio-legal studies and constitutional law. She has led research projects and teams for, among others, the Center for State and Society Studies (CEDES), the Argentine Ministry of Health, the United Nations Population Fund, the Nordic Trust Fund of the World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization. She has been an expert witness before the IACHR. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Chequeado.com.

Santiago Cantón

He is the Human Rights Secretary for the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires and holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from American University, Washington. He was Executive Secretary of the IACHR from 2001 to 2012. From 1998 to 2001, he was Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the IACHR. From 1994 to 1998, he was director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). He was director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center of Justice and Human Rights and professor at the Georgetown Law School, USA. He has also worked as a political assistant to President Jimmy Carter in democratic development programs.

Pablo Ceriani

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, and holder of a PhD Degree in Human Rights (Universidad de Valencia) and a Master’s Degree in International Migrations from Universidad Europea de Madrid. He is currently the Vice Chairperson of the UN’s Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families; Coordinator of a program and a chair at the National University of Lanús (UNLA); professor of Migrations and Human Rights in the Law Undergraduate Course (UBA), in the Master’s Course in Human Rights (UNLA) and in the Master’s Course in Human Rights and Democratization (National University of San Martín). He is a member of Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA). He was a consultant for UNICEF, ILO and UNFPA, coordinated seminars on Immigrants and Refugees (UBA-CELS-CAREF) and has been a lawyer for the CELS.

Francisco Cox

He is a lawyer graduated from the University Diego Portales in Chile, and holder of a Master’s Degree in Law from Columbia University (LLM). He participated in the International Human Rights Law Summer Programme of the University of Oxford and Georgetown University. He is a lawyer in different cases of complex litigation both at a national and international level. He is the founding partner of the Balmaceda, Cox Abogados law firm (BCP Abogados). He teaches Clinical Studies of Public Interest and Human Rights at the University of Valparaíso and teaches International Human Rights Law at the University Diego Portales, among other subjects. He was appointed by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights of the OAS as one of the five experts in charge of investigating the forced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. In addition, he is the only Chilean lawyer to have litigated before the International Criminal Court. Before taking part in BCP Abogados, he participated in the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch and was a partner in Hermosilla y Cia. He is a member of the board of the Teatro a Mil Foundation. Due to his professional work, particularly in the human rights field, he received many international awards and recognitions.

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.

Rut Diamint

She is a professor at the Torcuato Di Tella University and researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She has worked as chief of cabinet and advisor for the Argentine Ministry of Defense (2004-2005). She has coordinated projects on matters related to defense, political leadership and democracy for the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations and National Endowment for Democracy. She was a researcher in the Creating Security Community in the Americas program. Woodrow Wilson International Center; Peace and Security in the Americas, Woodrow Wilson Center – FLACSO, Chile; the Partnership for Democratic Governance, National Democratic Institute. She was a visiting professor at Columbia University and Florida International University. She specialized in peace, democracy, civil-military issues and regional security, and she wrote more than 100 articles on said matters.

Guillermo Fernández Maldonado

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.

Leonardo Fillippini

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Palermo. He is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and University of Palermo Law Schools and has been Subdirector of Human Rights Protection at the National Penitentiary Attorney’s Office, a researcher for the International Center for Transitional Justice (Centro Internacional para la Justicia Transicional, ICTJ) and legal rapporteur for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Province of Buenos Aires. He is a Prosecutor before the Federal Court of First Instance of Moreno. In 2015, he was assigned collaborative duties in the representation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office before the National Chamber of Cassation in Criminal and Correctional Matters and, in March 2016, he was appointed for the AMIA Prosecuting Unit. He also worked as a justice and human rights consultant for different national and foreign organizations.

Luis Fondebrider

Forensic anthropologist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2014, he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa title by the UBA. After democracy returned to Argentina, in 1984, along with a group of archeology, anthropology and medicine students, and under the guidance of US anthropologist Dr. Clyde Show, he founded the organization Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) aimed at scientifically documenting the human rights violations that had taken place in Argentina between 1976 and 1983.
In his capacity as member of the EAAF, Dr. Fondebrider has participated as expert witness before Argentine courts in more than 900 cases. The EAAF has conducted research in cases of political/ethnic violence in 50 countries worldwide. In the same position, he participated in and/or co-directed research and consulting missions in all continents.

Fabricio Guariglia

Forensic anthropologist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2014, he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa title by the UBA. After democracy returned to Argentina, in 1984, along with a group of archeology, anthropology and medicine students, and under the guidance of US anthropologist Dr. Clyde Show, he founded the organization Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) aimed at scientifically documenting the human rights violations that had taken place in Argentina between 1976 and 1983.
In his capacity as member of the EAAF, Dr. Fondebrider has participated as expert witness before Argentine courts in more than 900 cases. The EAAF has conducted research in cases of political/ethnic violence in 50 countries worldwide. In the same position, he participated in and/or co-directed research and consulting missions in all continents.

Graciela Karababikian

She is a sociologist and professor of Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires. She has been a professor in different teaching levels at a local and international level. She took part in the executive committee of the Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas (CeDInCI) and the editorial board of her magazine “Políticas de la Memoria”. She coordinated the Documentary Heritage program in Memoria Abierta, an Argentine human rights NGO. She coordinated the work team for the documentary study at Argentine Federal Police, Directorate of Human Rights of the Ministry of Security of Argentina. She was a consultant for the IPPDH Mercosur. She published articles on archives and human rights. She is currently the program director of the CIPDH.

Beatriz Kohen

She is a sociologist, holder of a PhD Degree in Legal Sociology from the University of Durham, United Kingdom. She has been the director of projects related to justice in prestigious civil society organizations of Argentina (Poder Ciudadano; Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales; ELA; FEIM; AMJA), in the Bureau of Human Rights and Security of the Ombudsman’s Office for the City of Buenos Aires and in the Gender Justice Observatory for the City of Buenos Aires. She is currently teaching in the Law Postgraduate Course at the University of Palermo and in the Master’s Course in Gender at the UCES. She also works as a consultant on justice and gender matters and on women in legal careers. She is the author of many local and international publications.

Juana Kweitel

She has been the Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights since December 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights International Law from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and in Political Science from the University of Sao Pablo, Brazil. She also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Human Rights and Democratic Transition from the University of Chile, and she graduated with honors as a lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires. She worked in Argentina as Institutional Coordinator and Coordinator of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Program of the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

Natalia Luterstein

She is a lawyer and professor of International Public Law at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and the University of Palermo (UP). She holds a PhD Degree from the UBA and a Master’s Degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Since 2014, she has been working for the Institutional Relations Unit within the International Area of the Argentine Public Ministry of Defense and has been working as a judicial advisor of the Directorate of Judicial Affairs of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Argentine Republic (2006-2014).

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.

Juan Méndez

He is a lawyer graduated from the Catholic University Stella Maris and a renowned human rights advocate in Argentina. He has been a special rapporteur for the United Nations on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishments, between November 2010 and October 2016. He is a visiting professor at the American University – Washington School of Law and professor emeritus of the International Center for Transitional Justice. He was a prevention advisor for the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court and co-president of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Between 2004 and 2007 Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed him special advisor for the prevention of genocide. He was professor of Law and the director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (1999 to 2004). He was also a member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (2000 to 2003), which he presided in 2002. As a result of his outstanding work in human rights, he has received many international awards and recognitions. He is the author of many articles in specialized publications.

Luis Moreno Ocampo

He was Assistant Prosecutor in the “Trial of the Juntas” (1985); Prosecutor for Federal Criminal and Correctional Matters, where he led judicial investigations of military rebellions and corruption (88-92); and the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2003-2012). He was a visiting professor at Stanford University (2002), Harvard University (2003) and Hebrew University (2016-2017), “Distinguished visiting scholar” at NYU Law School (2013) and “Senior Fellow” at the Jackson Center for Global Affairs at Yale University (2014-15) and at the Carr Center for Human Rights, at Harvard University.

Marcela Perelman

She holds a PhD Degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS), where she is currently in charge of the Research Area. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Political and Legal Anthropology Team at the UBA School of Philosophy and Literature. Since 2002, she has been professor of the Urban Sociology in the Sociology Undergraduate Course at the University of Buenos Aires and, since 2015, she has been in charge of the thesis workshop for the PhD Course in Human Rights at the National University of Lanús (UNLA).
She has participated in different projects of design and evaluation of public policies from a human rights perspective; she has published chapters in books on topics such as security, social protest, conflicts in the use of public space, has given presentations in various conferences, and has written articles for specialized journals in the region and reports on the human rights situation in Argentina.

Ana Peyró Llopis

She is leading legal counsel of the External Affairs Department of the United Nations Secretariat in New York. She has coordinated many collective action in international criminal justice, offering counseling on human rights matters, specially in relation to International Humanitarian Law. She holds a Master’s Degree in LLM Law and a PhD Degree from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. As for her academic work, she taught at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, at the New York University, at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (‘Sciences-Po’), at the Autonomous University of Madrid and at the Complutense University of Madrid, among other institutions. She has received honors and awards for her academic work (Suzanne Bastid Prize, French Society for International Law; Global Crystal Eastman Research Fellow, New York University; Ramón and Cajal Research Fellow, Complutense University of Madrid). As a legal counsel, she worked for the cabinet of the Secretariat of State for Justice in Spain and worked as advisor for different international organizations.

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.

Catalina Smulovitz

She is a distinguished professor of Political Science and Vice-chancellor at the Torcuato Di Tella University. She also works as researcher for the CONICET. She holds a PhD Degree in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She has written on matters related to human rights and civil-military relationships, the uses and the access to legal systems and citizenship in Latin America, among others. Her latest publication is “Legal Inequality and Federalism: Domestic Violence Laws in the Argentine Provinces”, in Latin American Politics and Society (2015). She has been Guggenheim Fellow and is a member of the IPSA Committee on Academic Freedom and of the Honorary Council of the Civil Association for Equality and Justice.

María Sonderéguer

She is a researcher of the History, Culture and Memory Studies Center at the National University of Quilmes and a postgraduate professor at different universities. She is a member of the Academic Committee of the Specialization Course in Gender, Public Policies and Society at the National University of Lanús and of the Academic Committee of the Master’s Course in Human Rights and Democratization for Latin America (of the International Center for Political Studies of the National University of San Martín), associated to the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC). She was the director of the Human Rights Center “Emilio Mignone” of the National University of Quilmes, an expert and co-editor of the National Plan against Discrimination in Argentina and National Director of Human Rights Education of the Argentine Secretariat for Human Rights. She conducted research on recent history matters, memory and sexual and gender violence in contexts of political repression and armed conflicts, and has published many articles in books and specialized publications.

María Fernanda Rodríguez

She is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a degree in Human Rights from the American University Washington College of Law. She is currently the Undersecretary of Access to Justice for the Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the Coordinator of the Federal Council on the Fight Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation and for the Protection and Assistance of Victims. She is a consultant and trainer for the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, EuroSocial and Conference of Ministers of Justice of Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB). She worked in investigations about Access to Justice, People with Disabilities and Gender.

César Rodríguez Garavito

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Andes and holder of a PhD Degree in Sociology from the Wisconsin Madison University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Society from the University of New York, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Wisconsin-Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia. He is the director of Dejusticia and of the Global Justice and Human Rights Program. He is a visiting professor at the Stanford, Brown, Melbourne, Pretoria, Cairo, American and Central European Universities, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico and the Andean University of Quito. He is co-director of Open Global Rights, co-director of the Globalization and Human Rights collection of Cambridge University Press, and a member of the academic boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Business and Human Rights Journal. He was associate judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, expert witness of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and litigant in constitutional and international cases on human rights, the environment and rights of indigenous people. He is a member of the board of directors of WITNESS and the board of directors of Business and Human Rights Resource Center. He writes a column for El Espectador every week and is the author of many publications and articles on human rights with a legal approach.

Patricia Tappatá Valdez

She is the director of the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights, UNESCO Category II Center, and professor of the “Justicia en las transiciones” (Justice during Transitions) course at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School. She was the director of the Truth Commission for El Salvador (UN, 1992), coordinated the Human Rights Department of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference (1979-1987) and was involved in the foundation of the National Human Rights Coordinating Committee of Perú. She was in charge of the “Justicia en Argentina” (Justice in Argentina) and “Representación Política” (Political Representation) programs of the Fundación Poder Ciudadano (Citizen Power
Foundation) (from 1991 to 1992 and from 1993 to 1997). Between 1997 and 2000, she coordinated the Social Responsibility and Leadership Regional Program developed by Kellogg Foundation in seven Latin American countries. She managed Memoria Abierta until June 2012, an organization she created and led for over a decade. She took part in the executive committees and advisory councils of various national and international institutions that address topics related to human rights, human rights and democracy, memory, sites and museum experiences, among others.

Ruti Teitel

She is an expert on matters related to international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law. She is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School. She is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and associate visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She graduated from Georgetown University, received her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and has been a Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. She is founding co-president of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Liliana Tojo

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Postgraduate Degree in Gender Studies. She is the author of many publications on gender and human rights. She has taught courses and given many presentations in different forums on human rights international law. She is currently Program Director at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). She is a visiting professor in the Human Rights Master’s Course at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, and Coordinator of the Gender and International Law Module of the Update Program on Gender and Law at the UBA Law School. She is a litigant representing victims before the Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She has been the Director of the Brazil Office and the Sub-regional Office of Bolivia and the Southern Cone at the CEJIL.

Diana Tussie

She is a Senior Researcher at the CONICET, Argentina. She is the head of the Master’s Course in International Relations of the FLACSO/Argentina. She has published many books in the field of international political economy. In her latest contribution, she develops the concept of Post-Hegemonic Regionalism (with Maria Pía Riggirozzi). She has taught courses on matters of her specialty at different national universities and at the National Foreign Service Institute. She has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Warwick, Manchester and Oxford, and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Global South award from the International Studies Association.

Carolina Varsky

She is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, coordinator of the Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Humanity of the Argentine Attorney General’s Office. She worked for the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) from 1998 to 2013. She was the director of the Memory and Fight against Impunity of State Terrorism Program and then the director of Litigation and Legal Defense. She taught Human Rights and Constitutional Rights, and Right to Information at the UBA. She is the author of several articles published in books and specialized journals.

Pablo Vassel

He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and holds a specialization degree in Procedure Law from the National University of Northeast. He was the director of Human Rights of the Argentine Council of the Judiciary and the representative of the Argentine Council of the Judiciary before the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice in the Superintendence Unit for Crimes against Humanity. He was invited by the CIPDH for the “Afianzamiento del Proceso de Memoria, Verdad y Justicia” (Reinforcement of the Process of Memory, Truth and Justice) of the Directorate of Truth, Justice and Reparation of the Ombudsman’s Office of Paraguay, approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship in 2017 and 2018. He gave a large number of lectures and seminars, mainly on matters related to Memory, Truth and Justice, and Crimes against Humanity. In 2006, he received the “B’NAI B’RITH DERECHOS HUMANOS” award, granted by B’nai B’rith Argentina.