Ariel E. Dulitzky

  • Clinical Professor;
  • Director - Human Rights Clinic


  • JD University of Buenos Aires
  • LLM Harvard

Ariel Dulitzky is Clinical Professor of Law, the Director of the Human Rights Clinic and the Director of the Latin America Initiative. He is also an affiliated faculty and member of the executive committee of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. He is a leading expert in the inter-American human rights system. In 2010 he was appointed to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and elected as its Chair-Rapporteur in 2013 (2013-2015). Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Professor Dulitzky is an honors graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1999, where he was an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He served as a law clerk for a Federal Circuit Court in Argentina.

A native of Argentina, Professor Dulitzky has dedicated his career to human rights—in both his scholarly research and his legal practice. His extensive expertise is derived from active involvement in the promotion and defense of rights, particularly in the Americas and in international human rights litigation. His publications focus on human rights, the inter-American human rights system, enforced disappearances, afro-descendants and indigenous collective rights, racial discrimination and the rule of law in Latin America. He has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Dulitzky received the 2007 Gary Bellow Public Service Award from Harvard Law School for his career in human rights. He has served as advisor to the IACHR's first Special Rapporteur on Afro-Descendants that he helped to establish in 2005. He has been an advisor to the second edition of the Amnesty International Fair Trial Manual and a member of the advisory panel for the revision of the UN Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. He serves in different boards including the Due Process of Law Foundation and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. Previously, Professor Dulitzky was the Latin America Program Director at the International Human Rights Law Group and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). Professor Dulitzky has directed the litigation of more than 100 cases in front of the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Recent Activities

  • 111th Session of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

    February 6, 2017 – February 10, 2017

    Seoul, Republic of Korea

    The WGEID examined almost 600 cases from 42 countries. They met relatives of those who have disappeared, State authorities from different countries and civil society representatives to exchange information on individual cases. They discussed many issues related to this crime, especially in the context of migration.

  • Presentation

    February 7, 2017

    Seoul, Republic of Korea

    At the conference Enforced Disappearances in the Context of Transitional Justice, Ariel Dulitzky gave a presentation on "The History and Typology of Enforced Disappearances." This event was hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and was organized by Korea University Human Rights Center.

  • Expert Consultation on Enforced Disappearances in the Context of Migration

    February 5, 2017

    Seoul Global Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea

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