Elections for the IACHR and I-A Court are coming up!
Meet the candidates for the upcoming elections for members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court).
Publicación: 22.January.2015

Meet the candidates for the upcoming elections for members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court).

For both agencies, the nomination period closes on March 9th, 2015 at the start of the regular session of the General Assembly. According to the American Convention, the Commission shall be composed of persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. Elected officials will commence their duties on January 1st, 2016.

  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Enrique Gil Botero

Country: Colombia.

Education: Attorney, Administrative Law Specialist.

Experience: Current State Counselor, a corporation he presided in 2008 and 2009. Performed as an Arbitrator of the Trade Chamber of Medellín, Attorney before the Administrative Dispute Jurisdiction and Associate Judge of the Administrative Dispute Court of Antioquía.

Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño

Country: Panamá.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, with post-graduate studies in Family and Gender, as well as in Constitutional Law.

Experience: Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice and of the Superior Court of Children and Adolescents. She has expertise in Ethics, Family, Children, Human Rights, Criminal and Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

Margarette May Macaulay

Country: Jamaica

Education: Shee holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of London.

Experience: She is currently doing private practice lawyer in Kingston, Jamaica. She is also Mediator in the Supreme Court of Jamaica, Jamaica Associate Referee and Public Notary for life. She was formerly the Inter-American Court Judge from 2007 to 2012.


Sandra Soriano Bascopé

Country: Bolivia

Education: Law Degree from the Technical University of Oruro. Master in Procedural Criminal Law from the Technical University of Oruro and from the University of Havana, Cuba.

Experience: She works professionally as Attorney. Has been a Senator in Bolivia for the department of Oruro, Chairperson of the preselection of candidates to the Supreme Court, President of the Committee on Ethics and Transparency, and participated in UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2011-2013.

Francisco Eguiguren Praeli

Country: Peru

Education: Holds a Law degree from the Catholic University of Peru, a PhD and a Master in Constitutional Law,

Experience: He works professionally as an Attorney, advisor and consultant in law, and university professor. He was the first Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the present government of Ollanta Humala, between July and December 2011, and was also ambassador of Peru in Spain until July 2014.

Douglas Mendes

Country: Trinidad and Tobago / Presented by Saint Kitts and Nevis

Education: Attorney at law, Master International human rights law by the University of Oxford

Experience: Justice of appeal, for the Court of appeal of Belize. Supreme court  judge, for the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago. Law Professor for the University of West Indies. Experience before the Caribbean Court of Justice

  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni

Country: Argentina

Education: Attorney, Doctor Degree in Legal and Social Science.

Experience: Performed in judiciary over two decades, was Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice in Argentina, retiring as Judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Federal Capital. Was General Director of the United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention (ILANUD, San José, Costa Rica). Has been National Constituent Deputy and for the city of Buenos Aires. He also performed as Auditor for the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI).

Eduardo Vio Grossi

Country: Chile

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Degree in Legal and Social Science, Diploma in Higher Education and Doctorate Degree in Public Law.

Experience: Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Member of the National Group of the Permanent Arbitration Court in The Hague, and Member of the list of Conciliators of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He was President and Member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador-Director of Legal Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, President and Member of the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA / ALADI) and Secretary of Acts at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Elizabeth Odio Benito

Country: Costa Rica

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Notary Public. She has done post-graduate studies in Social and Economic Development, besides having a formation in Gender Studies.

Experience: Was Second Vice-President and Judge in the Trial Division of the International Criminal Court, Judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She was Second Vice-President of Costa Rica and two times Minister of Justice.

Patricio Pazmiño Freire

Country: Ecuador

Education: Attorney and Doctor in Jurisprudence, has an International Diploma in Policy Managment and a Master’s Degree in Social Science.

He is the current President of the Constitutional Court of his country, where he has performed as Constitutional Judge. He has been National Director of Legal Consultancy, State Attorney General and General Director of the Center of Economic and Social Rights.

Alberto Pérez Pérez

Country: Uruguay

Education: Attorney, Master’s Degree in Comparative Law and Doctor Degree in Law.

Experience: Judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, participates in seminaries and conferences on analysis and promotion of the Inter-American System of Human Rights on various subjects. He has been Advisor to the Eastern Republic of Uruguay before the International Court of Justice, as well as Staff member of the United Nations and of the International Labour Organization.


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