Jorge Contesse

Professor and Director of the Center for Human Rights, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
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Jorge Contesse is a professor and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, and will be a Visiting Resource Professor at the University of Texas in spring 2012. He works on human rights and indigenous issues, primarily focusing on the Mapuche community in Chile. Contesse has also been a researcher and consultant to various international organizations, such as the International Council on Human Rights Policy and Human Rights Watch. He has directed research projects focusing on indigenous populations, including a co-sponsored project by Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Miami, and Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He also serves as editor of an annual report of human rights in Chile. His recent works include "Universally Speaking? The Cultural Challenge to Rights and Constitutionalism," "'It's Not OK': New Zealand's Efforts to Eliminate Violence against Women," and "The Rebel Democracy: A Look Into the Relationship Between the Mapuche People and the Chilean State." He is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and Presidente de la Republica scholarship from Chile. Contesse received an LL.M. from Yale Law School.