Pablo Saavedra, LL.M. '96
Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Since its creation more than 40 years ago, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has become increasingly crucial to the legal developments and to strengthening the rule of law in the Americas. Its decisions have had a major impact on the region and have triggered deep-running structural changes in various countries. In this talk, Saavedra will share his analysis of the Court's impact on legislation, public policy, and institutions in Latin American countries.
Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Policy and Practice Lab and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Pablo Saavedra is the executive secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a position he has held since 2004. He is also a faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law. Saavedra was a lawyer at the National Corporation for the Reparation and Reconciliation of Chile, where he investigated human rights violations that occurred between 1973 and 1990. He also worked as a lawyer for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for four years and was appointed deputy secretary of the Inter-American Court in 2001.
A native of Chile, Saavedra earned his law degree from the University Diego Portales in Santiago and received his LL.M. in international human rights law from Notre Dame Law School, a joint program of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.