Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro, Ecuadorian, 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 also a Doctoral Candidate in International Human Rights Law. For almost nine years he has served as tenured Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) Law School. In such capacity he represented hundreds of victims both at the domestic and international levels in high profile human rights litigations. Previously, 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 has also taught in Ecuador at Universidad Católica de Guayaquil and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, in Argentina at Universidad Nacional de San Martín and in Hungary at Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem. In December 2017 he was elected as Foreign Expert of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. In June 2018 he was appointed as one of five Members of Ecuador’s highest organ within the judicial branch, the Council of the Judiciary -for the Transition-. He is a member of the Inter-American Institute on Criminal Policy based in Mexico and has been an advisor or expert witness for several Ecuadorian public entities and international organizations in the fields of criminal, constitutional, international and human rights law.

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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.


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