Chilean to Preside over Inter-American Human Rights Commission

The lawyer and academic from the Universidad Diego Portales will preside over the institution for a year.

Inter-American Human Rights Commission
González will succeed the Venezuelan Luz Patricia Mejía and will be accompanied by the Brazilian Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro as first vice president

Felipe González Morales, a lawyer and an academic at  Universidad Diego Portales was elected to the position of president of the Inter-American Human Rights Court, which he will hold for a year.

The election of the professor, a member of the commission for the last four years, was carried out according to the commission rules and the beginning of its 138th ordinary period of sessions, the autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS) stated in a communiqué.

Thus González will succeed the Venezuelan Luz Patricia Mejía and will be accompanied by the Brazilian Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro as first vice president and Dinah Shelton of the United States as second vice president.

The Chilean’s merits include his work at the Universidad Diego Portales, where he teaches international and constitutional law, in addition to being the founder and director of the university’s Human Rights Center.

In 2002 and 2006 he worked on the preparation and publication of the Annual Human Rights Report in Chile, work that he divided with his efforts on the Latin American Network of Human Rights Legal Clinics, which he is one of the promoters of.

He has ample preparation, with a master’s degree in law from the American University and a master’s degree in advanced studies in human rights from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

He is also a professor at the American University Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and is a guest professor at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

He has also held the same post at the University of Wisconsin, Lund University, the Universidad Deusto and the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. He has also worked for the International Human Rights Law Group (Currently Global Rights), first in Washington, DC, and later in Santiago, Chile.