José Aylwin

Adjunct Professor, Universidad Austral de Chile School of Law; Co-Director, Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch)
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José Aylwin is a Chilean human rights lawyer who specializes in indigenous peoples’ and citizens’ rights in Latin America. He is Co-Director of the Observatorio Ciudadano (Citizens’ Watch), a human rights NGO based in Temuco and Santiago, Chile. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile), where he teaches a course on the rights of indigenous peoples. He has also been a visiting professor at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), the Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), and the University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand). His research focuses on indigenous rights, natural resources and resource extraction, land rights, globalization, and human rights in Chile and Latin America. His work has been published by various organizations including the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, and the International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs. He is currently a member of the National Council of the Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos (National Institute for Human Rights), a member of the Assembly of the Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Inter American Institute for Human Rights), and on the Board of Directors of the North South Institute and of ACCION, a Chilean association of NGOs. Aylwin received a degree in legal and social studies from the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and a Master in Laws from the School of Law at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).