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

  • Keynote Speaker

    October 13, 2016

    Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (IDEHPUCP) and Amnesty International Peru

    Gave the keynote address to the Conference "Nuevas Estrategias de Búsqueda de Personas Desaparecidas Forzadamente (New Strategies in the Search for Disappeared Persons). The Latin America Inititiative, which Dulitzky directs, was among the co-sponsors of the event.

  • Co-Sponsored by the Latin America Initiative

    October 9, 2016

    The University of Texas at Austin, LLILAS Benson

    The Latin America Initiative is proud to co-sponsor an event called "Guatemalan Women Healing Toward Justice: The Sepur Zarco Case." At this event, community psychologist Maudí Tzay, who represents the Alliance to Break Silence and End Impunity spoke on the survivors of state-sanctioned rape and sexual slavery under a military dictatorship in Guatemala during the 1980s.

  • Speaker

    December 14, 2015

    Museo del Noroeste, Monterrey, Mexico

    Presentation of the book "Te Seguiré Buscando" (I will continue searching for you), a compilation of testimonies by people whose loved ones have been disappeared.

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