Cecilia Medina is the past president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States. She also co-directs the Human Rights Center at the University of Chile in Santiago, where she is a professor of international human rights law. She earned her doctorate in law at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She has taught at Lund University, the International Institute of Human Rights, the University of Toronto, the United Nations University for Peace, the University of Utrecht, and Harvard University, and has published extensively on human rights law in the Inter-American System and women's rights. Medina is the former chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, where she served between 1995 and 2002. In 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council selected her for the group of independent experts assigned to investigate the November 2006 Beit Hanoun incident. She has also served as a judge for the Rapoport Center's Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights.