Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro holds a Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from University of Notre Dame Law School where he is currently a Doctoral Candidate. For over a decade he has served as a tenured Professor of Law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) Law School and since 2019 also as Director of the Public Interest Clinics. In such capacity he represents victims both at the domestic and international levels in high profile constitutional, criminal, and human rights litigations. Previously, for nine years he was part of the staff of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. He also directed the Human Rights Clinic and was an Associate Professor of Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Mr. Albán teaches courses on human rights in several graduate programs throughout the Americas and Europe. In December 2017, he was elected as Foreign Expert of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. In June 2018 he was appointed Council the Ecuadorian Council of the Judiciary, and in June 2021 he was elected for a four-year term as a Member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances. He is a member of the American Society of International Law, an International Member of the American Bar Association and Member of the Inter-American Institute on Criminal Policy. He has been called as an advisor or expert by Ecuadorian and international institutions in the fields of criminal, constitutional, international, and human rights law.

Current Research

My research interests are transitional justice, the role of criminal trials in transitional processes, the responsibility of private actors as collaborators in gross human rights violations, and the perspectives for political reconciliation thru justice efforts.