Diego García-Sayán (JD, LLM, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) will spend a month at the Kellogg Institute during fall 2014 as Hewlett Visiting Fellow for Public Policy. A justice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) since 2004 and its president from 2010 to 2013, García-Sayán is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and director general of the Andean Commission of Jurists.
Previously, he was Peru’s minister of justice, helping to normalize Peru’s relationship with the Inter-American Court, and minister of foreign affairs, leading Peru’s ratification of the Rome Statute. A UN negotiator during the Guatemala peace process, he directed the UN Observer Mission’s human rights division in El Salvador
In his Kellogg project, García-Sayán will analyze the Inter-American Court’s impact on human rights and democracy in Latin America and assess key challenges to the Inter-American system. In particular, he will study how national courts apply international human rights standards in their decisions, consider threats to the future influence of the Court, and look at challenging issues now facing the Court, such as the rights of indigenous peoples and questions of land and/or natural resources.
Also a professor of law at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, García-Sayán has authored books on international law, politics, and development. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including awards from the governments of Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Spain. In 2013, he received the Rule of Law Award from the American Bar Association for advancing human rights and the rule of law worldwide.
In residence September 8 – October 8, 2014