Advisory Group Members

The Advisory Group is comprised of leading scholars, policymakers, and practitioners with extensive experience of the IAHRS and other regional human rights mechanisms. Membership of the Advisory Group for the period June 2014 to June 2016 is as follows:

  • Santiago Canton: Director, Robert F. Kennedy Center, Partners for Human Rights. Former IACHR Executive Secretary (2001-2012). Former IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. Former Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
  • James Cavallaro: Professor of law at Stanford Law School and Director of the Stanford Human Rights Center. Member of the IACHR. Opened a joint office for Human Rights Watch and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Rio de Janeiro. Founded the Global Justice Center, now a leading Brazilian human rights nongovernmental organization. Author of several books, reports and articles on human rights issues.
  • David Forsythe: Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Widely regarded as having been among the first to help establish the study of human rights and humanitarian affairs in the disciplines of political science and international relations. Named Distinguished Scholar by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. Over 100 publications on different aspects of International Relations.
  • Francoise Hampson: Professor of Law, Essex Law School. Independent expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (1998-2007). Consultant to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Successfully litigated many cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Awarded Human Rights Lawyer of the Year jointly with Professor Kevin Boyle.
  • Viviana Krsticevic: Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Washington DC. Extensive litigation experience before both the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Author of numerous articles published in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
  • Oscar Parra: Senior Lawyer, Inter-American Court of Human Rights. First lawyer from the Inter-American Court on secondment to the European Court of Human Rights. More than 10 years’ experience working with the Inter-American System (both Commission and Court) and has published extensively on the work of the System, domestic courts (particularly the Colombian Constitutional Court), economic, social and cultural rights and the struggle against impunity.
  • Flavia Piovesan: Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paolo, Brazil. Currently Humboldt Foundation George Foster research fellow. Member of the Organization of American States working group for monitoring the San Salvador Protocol on social, economic and cultural rights. Member of the Human Rights University Network. Author of numerous publications on human rights and global development issues.
  • Frans Viljoen: Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. Main research interests include African human rights law, African regional integration law, international human rights monitoring mechanisms, sexual minority rights in Africa; comparative constitutional law. Published numerous articles dealing with international human rights law, and the book International Human Rights Law in Africa (OUP, 2007).