PUBLISHED:August 29, 2017

A Conversation with José Miguel Vivanco

Vivanco Lecture 9/20 Human Rights in Latin America

Weds, September 20
5 pm | Room 103
Gross Hall

Reception to follow 6:30-7:30 pm in the Duke Energy Initiative Central Atrium in Gross Hall.

Please join José Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch, for a conversation about the most pressing human rights issues in Latin America today.  Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Office of Global Affairs and Hanscom Endowment, the Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Center for International and Comparative Law. 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Prather.


José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Americas division, is a general expert on Latin America. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Vivanco worked as an attorney for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States (OAS).  In 1990, he founded the Center for Justice and International Law, an NGO that files complaints before international human rights bodies. Vivanco has also been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University. He has published articles in leading American and Latin American newspapers and is interviewed regularly for television news. A Chilean, Vivanco studied law at the University of Chile and Salamanca Law School in Spain and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Topics Vivanco has written or spoken about for HRW recently include: The Venezuelan crisis; Mapuche land claims in Argentina; transitional justice in Argentina, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, and elsewhere; multilateral governance and human rights courts in the Americas; and the cyber-surveillance scandal in Mexico.