A talk with the former president of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

On September 26, 2014, in a case that has shaken the world, 43 students of Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in the Mexican city of Iguala were disappeared, their whereabouts still unknown. Mexican authorities claimed that a drug gang killed the students and destroyed their bodies, but an investigative panel convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concluded that the government’s account of events could not be true.

Join us for a conversation with Professor James Cavallaro (Stanford Law School), who oversaw the independent investigation as a Commissioner and Rapporteur for Mexico on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

About the speaker 

James L. Cavallaro served on the IACHR from January 2014 through December 2017. He was elected First Vice-Chair in March 2015 and became President on January 1, 2016. He is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Founding Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford and the Stanford Human Rights Center. Previously, he was a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard. He founded Justiça Global, a leading human rights NGO in Brazil, and directed the Brazil offices of Human Rights Watch and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). Early in his career, Cavallaro worked with Central American refugees on the US-Mexican border and with human rights groups in Chile challenging abuses by the Pinochet government. He is the author of dozens of articles, books, and other publications on human rights and the inter-American human rights system and holds a a JD from UC-Berkeley; a PhD in Human Rights and Development of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla, Spain; and a BA from Harvard College.


This event is co-sponsored by the International Law Society (ILS) at NYU School of Law.


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