Ariel E. Dulitzky

Ariel E. Dulitzky

  • Clinical Professor
  • Director - Human Rights Clinic

Faculty Profile: Ariel E. Dulitzky

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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.

Courses for Fall 2017

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Professional Activities

2017

November 7, 2017

Presentation of the book "Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica y el Sistema Interamericano. Modelos para (des)armar”

Universidad Iberoamericano de la Ciudad de México, School of Law, Mexico City

Professor Dulitzky presents his book  "Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica y el Sistema Interamericano. Modelos para (des)armar” (Human Rights in Latin America and the Interamerican System, Models to (Dis)Arm).  

October 25, 2017

Interviewee

CNN Español

October 10, 2017

Interviewee

Americas Program: A new world of action and communication for social change

Provided an interview to the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy based in Mexico City.

In English: https://www.americas.org/archives/20268

En español: https://www.americas.org/es/archives/20244 

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August 8, 2017

Presentation

Tlachinollan Centro de Derechos Humanos de La Montaña in Guerrero, Mexico

At the Forum on Enforced Disappearances, "Contra el dolor y el miedo: Un grito de esperanza" (Against the Pain and Fear: a Cry of Hope), Ariel Dulitzky made a presentation on “La construcción de la legislación sobre desaparición forzada en México” (the construction of legislation on enforced disappearances in Mexico). 

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July 1, 2017

Interviewee

CNN Español

Interviewed by Carmen Aristegui for CNN Español on the grave problem of enforced disappearances in Mexico.  

June 21, 2017

Presentation: “Ariel Dulitzky: Reflexiones sobre su experiencia en contra de las desapariciones forzadas”

Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City

During a speech at the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Memory and Tolerance), Professor Dulitzky described the situation of enforced disappearances in Mexico, where the official count of the total number of people who have disappeared has gone from 3,000 in 2011 to 30,000 in 2017.

June 21, 2017

Presenter

Mexico City

Presented the paper "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Approaches to Enforced Disappearances" during the session "Re-conceptualizing Human Rights in Natural Resource Governance" at the 2017 International Meeting on Law and Society program entitled "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World."

June 21, 2017

Chair of Panel Discussion

Mexico City

Chaired the session "The Politics of Human Rights: Democracy, International Relations and Economic Development," at the 2017 Internationa Meeting on Law and Society program "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Interconnected World."

June 6-8, 2017

Amazon Network of Human Rights Clinics: Organizing Committee Member, Panelist, Coordinator, Speaker

University of Brasília School of Law

Organizing Committee Member and Participant in the First National Forum of Legal Clinics in Brazil, Meeting of the Amazon Network of Human Rights Clinics VIII (I Fórum Nacional de Clínicas Jurídicas, VIII Encontro da Rede Amaz­onica de Clínicas de Direitos Humanos).  Served as a facilitator of the workshop "Assumptions of Human Rights Clinics: What is the legal clinic? How does it operate? What is it for?" and as a facilitator for the roundtable discussion "How to structure a national forum of legal clinics?"

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May 19, 2017

Moderator: Domestic courts and International bodies in the fight against impunity

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.

This panel discussion took place at the Due Process of Law Foundation 20th Anniversary Event: "Truth and Justice for Grave Human Rights Violations in Latin America: Reflections on the past, lessons for the future."

May 15, 2017

Interviewee

Texas Public Radio, "The Source," Austin, Texas

Interviewed on "The Source" radio show on Texas Public Radio, "Solitary Confinement Is Still Used In Texas Jails And Prisons, But At What Cost?"

May 4, 2017

Provided briefing on conditions in TDCJ death row confinement

Texas Capitol

Provided briefing to staff of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition as well as to staff of Texas legislators.

April 29-May 1, 2017

Workshop Chair, Session Organizer, and Panel Discussant

XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Lima, Peru

Served as Chair and also as Session Organizer for the Workshop "Methodological, Forensic, Humanitarian and Judicial Challenges in Recovering and Identifying the Disappeared."  Served as Discussant for the panel "Politics of Absence 1: Forensic, Humanitarian and Judicial Challenges in Recovering and Identifying the Disappeared."

April 28, 2017

Invited commentator

Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, Lima, Peru

Provided comments to the Panel "Hasta Encontrarlos!  Estrategias en la Búsqueda de Personas Desaparecidas."

 

April 26, 2017

Interviewee

Texas Standard

Interviewed for a radio show about the use of mandatory solitary confinement for Texas death row inmates.

March 21, 2017

Presentation

Sid Richardson Hall, University of Texas at Austin

The 2017 Open House for Admitted Students at Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS Benson).

March 21, 2017

Presentation

Sid Richardson Hall, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

Made a faculty presentation for the 2017 Open House for Admitted Students as a LLILAS Affiliated Faculty member.

March 19, 2017

Interviewee

El Universal (Mexico)

Interviewed by El Universal, a national newspaper of Mexico, in an article entitled "Es hora de avalar ley de desapariciones," (it is time to endorse the law on disappearances) regarding possible legislation in Mexico on the issue of enforced disappearances.  

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February 10, 2017

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

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.

February 7, 2017

Presentation

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.

February 5, 2017

Expert Consultation on Enforced Disappearances in the Context of Migration

Seoul Global Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2016

2014-2016

Member of Advisory Panel

Member of the Advisory Panel on the Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions

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October 18, 2016

Provided expert testimony

The Senate of Mexico

Testified before a joint meeting of the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Justice and Government of the Mexican Senate. They met regarding the Draft Law on Enforced Disappearances.

October 13, 2016

Keynote Speaker

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.

October 9, 2016

Co-Sponsored by the Latin America Initiative

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.

2015

December 14, 2015

Speaker

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.

June 12, 2015

Keynote Conversation Participant

Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

Participated in a "Keynote Conversation" with Tracy Robinson, Commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Rapporteur on the Rights of Women. This was part of Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network Annual Human Rights in the U.S. Symposium/CLE entitled "Engaging with the Inter-American Human Rights System for U.S. Advocacy."

April 11, 2015

Moderator

Eidman Courtroom, UT School of Law

Served as moderator at the conference Latinos and the Death Penalty for the presentation Litigating Capital Cases with Latino non-National Clients: Investigation Outside American Borders, Litigating International Treaty Claims, and other Challenges/Opportunities.

April 9, 2015

Testified at Texas State Capitol on House Bill 3303

House Bill 3303 is a bill "Relating to the creation of the Office of the Independent Oversight Ombudsman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice."

March 2, 2015

Participant

Palacio San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Participated in the Coloquio 35 Años del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Desapariciones Forzadas e Involuntarias de Naciones Unidas (“35 Years of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances”), which was organized by Argentina’s Ministry of Exterior Relations and Worship and the Secretary of Human Rights of the Nation.

February 25, 2015

Lecturer

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS)

With Sebastián Klor, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Clinical Professor Ariel Dulitzky gave a lecture entitled "Nisman's Death: Another Cloud over the Buenos Aires AMIA Bombing Investigation." They discussed the January 18, 2015 killing of Alberto Nisman, the general prosecutor of the 1994 terrorist attack which targeted the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires (AMIA). Nisman was found dead just hours before he was to present controversial findings on the case before a congressional committee that implicated current Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

2014

November 13, 2014

Speaker

Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Addressed the lower house of Mexico’s legislature regarding the enforced disappearances carried out in September 2014. He was invited to speak there in his role as the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. A photo of the meeting is here and a news article is available here.

November 13, 2014

Interviewee

CNN Mexico

Was interviewed by Carmen Aristegui on CNN Mexico. The journalist interviewed him on the issue of the September 2014 killings and disappearances in Iguala in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

October 27, 2014

Attendee

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.

Attended, along with all students enrolled in the Human Rights Clinic, a hearing on the extreme heat in Texas prisons. This is an issue on which the Human Rights Clinic is currently working. Clinical Professor Dulitzky requested this hearing. The full video of this hearing is here.

October 22, 2014

Speaker

United Nations General Assembly

Made a presentation to the 69th General Assembly on the activities of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. This was in his role as the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group. The full video is here.

October 7, 2014

Respondent

University of Texas at Austin

Served as a respondent in the conference “Creating Model Health Communities, Summit II: Human Rights & Community Health Engagement, Think Globally to Act Locally.”

September 19, 2014

Attendee

United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Attended the 104th session of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

April 29, 2014

Participant

Geneva, Switzerland via videoconference

During the 6th Session of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), Professor Dulitzky gave a talk entitled “Military Justice in the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the work of the WGEID.” This was for a public discussion on “Enforced Disappearances and Military Justice” held by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations.

April 10, 2014

Panelist

American University Washington College of Law and the Cyrus Vance Center Conference

At the conference "Desafíos para el litigio estratégico en América Latina" (Challenges to strategic litigation in Latin America), Professor Dulitzky served as a panelist. The panel was entitled "Mecanismos extrajudiciales de protección y promoción de los derechos humanos a nivel local e internacional" ("Judicial mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights at local and international levels").

April 4, 2014

Keynote Speaker

UT Law Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association Annual Banquet

At the annual Cultural Celebration and Awards Banquet hosted by the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association, Professor Dulitzky was honored to give the keynote speech.

April 1, 2014

Attendee

University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil & Human Rights

Participated in the conference “The Future of the Inter-American Human Rights System.”

March 27, 2014

Participant

UT Institute for Historical Studies

Presented a talk entitled “The Supreme Court and Inter-American Court of Human Rights: the Amnesty Law and an uncomfortable relationship” for an event called "The Brazilian Coup D’État of 1964: A Roundtable Discussion to Mark its 50th Anniversary."

March 26, 2014

Participant

Geneva, Switzerland via videoconference

Made a presentation for the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) unity statement meeting. This meeting was entitled “ICAED Rising Up! The 2nd ICAED General Membership Conference” and was part of the global campaign for the universal ratification and full implementation of the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

February 14, 2014

Commentator

UT School of Law

Spoke at the Annual Conference of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. This conference was entitled "Human Rights Constitutionalism: Global Aspirations, Local Realities."

January 31, 2014

Organizer

UT School of Law

Organized a visit to the UT School of Law by a Justice and clerks from the Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación de México (Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico). In addition to the visit, a public workshop took place on January 30 called “Comparative Election Law: México-USA.” The delegation met with Dean Ward Farnsworth and faculty and toured campus attractions relevant to their discipline.

January 22, 2014

Panelist

Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas

This forum entitled “Foro Urgente: Foreigners in their own Country, Dominicans of Haitian Descent and the Struggle for Citizenship” was sponsored by LLILAS Benson, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Latin American Law, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies.

2013

December 9, 2013

Keynote Speaker

National Human Rights Institute of Chile

Gave one of the three keynote speeches at the presentation of the Annual Report of Chile’s National Human Rights Institute (INDH). The other two keynote speakers at the ceremony were the President of the INDH and the President of the Republic of Chile.

November 13, 2013

Keynote Speaker

3rd Annual Symposium of the Democratic Memorial, Barcelona

Professor Dulitzky was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of "El III Col-loqui Internacional del Memorial Democràtic" (3rd Annual Symposium of the Democratic Memorial) entitled "Catalonia in Transition" at the Palace of the Catalan Government in Barcelona. His speech was on "Transitions, amnesties and crimes of the past."

October 19, 2013

ITAM and UT Schools of Law Joint Colloquium

UT School of Law

Organized a joint colloquium for faculty from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) and the University of Texas School of Law and hosted by the UT School of Law.

May 1, 2013

Attendee

Conference on Clinical Legal Education - The Value of Variety: Opportunities, Implications and Challenges of Diversification in Clinical Programs, San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 8, 2013

Respondent

University of Texas School of Law

Professor Dulitzky spoke as respondent to a lecture given by Charles Moyer from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights on “The Inter-American System of Human Rights: From an auspicious beginning to an uncertain future.”

April 4, 2013

Moderator

"The Inter-American Human Rights System in Crisis," panel at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Professor Dulitzky moderated a panel including the speakers Breno de Souza Diaz de Costa, Interim Representative of Brazil to the Organization of American States, Joel Antonio Hernández García, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States, Monica Pinto of the University of Buenos Aires Law School, and José Miguel Vivanco of Americas Division of Human Rights Watch. The panel was cosponsored by the Human Rights Interest Group, the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group, and the International Refugee Law Interest Group.

March 22, 2013

Reviewer

Isonomía, Revista de Teoría y Filosofía del Derecho (Journal of Theory and Philosophy of Law)

Performed an anonymous review of a publication submitted to the journal Isonomía, published by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

March 2, 2013

Speaker

Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico, Mexico City

"Elections, political rights, and international law of human rights: jurisprudence of the Committee on Human Rights and the European Tribunal on Human Rights" as part of the "North American Political Electoral System," a seminar on electoral law in the United States.

February 15, 2013

Chair

University of Texas at Austin

"Violence and the Politics of Memory," Abriendo Brecha Conference: Activist Scholarship in the Americas.

2011

May 31, 2011

Speaker

Universidad de San Andres Law School, Argentina

"Impact and Effectiveness of the Inter-American Human Rights System"

May 31, 2011

Speaker

Encuentros Clinicos, Buenos Aires

"The Human Rights Situation in Argentina from a Regional Perspective"

May 31, 2011

Guest Lecturer

Universidad de San Andres Law School, Argentina

"Developing Professionalism"

March 31, 2011

Speaker

Event sponsored by the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the Human Rights Clinic, at UT Law School

"Enforced Disappearances in Mexico: From the 'Dirty War' to the 'War on Drug-Trafficking': preliminary findings of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances' mission to Mexico

2010

September 30, 2010

Commentator

XXIX International Congress of Latin American Studies

Professor Dulitzky served as a discussant on a panel at the XXIX International Congress of Latin American Studies in Toronto, Canada.

September 30, 2010

Co-Organizer and Moderator

University of Texas School of Law

"Two Paths in Democracy: Mexico-United States", a two day conference on electoral law.

September 30, 2010

Presenter

XXIX International Congress of Latin American Studies

Professor Dulitzky presented his paper "Massacres Without Blood: Human Rights Discourse and the Representation of Violence in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights"

June 30, 2010

Speaker

University of Lanus and the Center for Legal and Social Studies, Argentina

"Implementation of Human Rights Treaties in Federal States"

June 30, 2010

Speaker

University of Mar del Plata School of Law, Argentina

"Economic, social and cultural rights in the Inter-American System"

June 30, 2010

Speaker

Human Rights Masters Program, University of Buenos Aires School of Law

"National Human Rights Plans"

May 31, 2010

Expert Consultant to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations, Geneva

"Optional Protocol to provide a communication procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child"

May 31, 2010

Guest Lecturer

Institute for Global Law and Policy First Annual Workshop on Global Law and Economic Policy, Harvard Law School

"Human Rights and Social Justice: Economic and Social Rights, Possibilities for Radical Transformation?"

March 31, 2010

Moderator and Presenter

Workshop on Racism, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Panels: "Strategies for Anti-Racist Work" and "Observatories as Anti-Racist Analysis and Practice"

March 31, 2010

Presenter

UT International Law Society of Texas

Professional Panel on careers in international law

January 31, 2010

Moderator

UT Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association Annual Student Conference on Latin America "ILASSA 30"

Panel: "Human Rights in Latin America"

January 31, 2010

Speaker

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, UT School of Law

"Violence Against Women and International Law"

2009

December 31, 2009

Presenter

Chiang Mai, Thailand, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Conference

Workshop: "Ensuring the Effectiveness of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights: The Role of Civil Society"

December 31, 2009

Presenter

UCLA School of Law Symposium, "Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Human Rights Framework - A Comfortable Fit?"