José Zalaquett (JD, University of Chile), professor of human rights at the University of Chile’s Law School, will be a spring 2013 Hewlett Visiting Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. He will teach a three-week course at the Law School and lecture publicly as part of a larger project on emerging issues in the use of force in international law and ethics.
In the wake of Chile’s 1973 coup, Zalaquett led the legal actions of the Vicaría de la Solidaridad, a visible opponent of the state policy of terror. Exiled for a decade, he helped to build Amnesty International into a premier human rights organization.
In newly democratic Chile, he served on the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation and became an international authority on transitional justice. Zalaquett has since served as president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and taken part in human rights efforts around the world.
As codirector of the University of Chile’s Center for Human Rights, Zalaquett has trained a new generation of human rights advocates for Latin America. His many honors include a MacArthur Foundation award and the 2009 Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America. He holds an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame.