Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Is Tinker Visiting Professor

Mon, July 31, 2017
Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Is Tinker Visiting Professor
Felipe Gonzalez

Felipe González, a specialist in international human rights law, will be a Tinker Visiting Professor at LLILAS this fall. González is professor of international and constitutional law at Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile. He has served on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and will begin an appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants on August 1.

González will co-teach the graduate course Human Rights in Latin America with Ariel Dulitzky, clinical professor of law and director of the Human Rights Clinic and the Latin America Initiative at Texas Law. The course will survey the most significant human rights issues that have arisen in Latin America over the last several decades as well as the legal and advocacy mechanisms invoked to address those issues. Professors González and Dulitzky, along with their students, will consider how human rights ideas, legal actions, and activist strategies have the capacity, not always realized, to transform law and institutions, society, and the relationship between governments and citizens in Latin America.

A former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, González also served as a commissioner and rapporteur on migrants and refugees between 2008 and 2015. In addition to his professorship at Diego Portales University, he is founder and inaugural director of the Center for Human Rights and director of the Master in International Human Rights Law program there. He has taught international human rights law at several postgraduate programs of the University Carlos III in Madrid since 2003, as well as at other universities in Spain. He teaches regularly at American University Human Rights Academy in Washington, DC, and has lectured or held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

González is author of scores of books and articles on human rights topics, in both Spanish and English. He holds a doctorate and a master’s in Advanced Human Rights from University Carlos III and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University.


Join us: Tinker Visiting Professor Felipe González will present a lecture titled The Human Rights of Migrants: Challenges for the International Community, on Wednesday, October 4, 12 p.m., at the Benson Latin American Collection second floor conference room, SRH 1.208.

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