Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón (J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.) is Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). He is also Co-Director of the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at WCL. He teaches courses in the fields of international law and human rights law. He served as Ad Hoc Judge in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2007 to 2011. As correspondent for the British periodical Butterworths Human Rights Cases (Lexis-Nexis), Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón covers the Americas. He has served as international legal consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among other institutions. He was also staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS and Officer for Latin America at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), a Washington DC based non-governmental organization.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Egon Guttman Casebook Award (professional)
Received in 2003 for the book The International Dimension of Human Rights
George Washington University: S.J.D., International Law 2002
Dissertation: "Admissibility in the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American System on Human
Rights.” Advisor: Prof. Thomas Buergenthal.
American University: LL.M., International Law 1994
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia: J.D., Political Science 1989
Dissertation: "State Intervention in the Economy between 1850 and 1886 in Colombia."
- Washington College of Law-American University
Media Appearances (1)
American University to offer first-ever human rights LL.M. in Spanish
Lawyer and Statesman online
Martin and fellow co-director Professor Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón said legal education abroad, particularly in Latin American countries, is focused on document books or legal writing, rather than casebook studies.
“If you mirror the Spanish courses to English courses, you’re taking advantage of a longstanding tradition of casebooks,” Rodríguez-Pinzón said. “In the last 10 to 15 years, we have seen it develop, but this kind of analysis is sometimes lacking in Latin American legal education. We strongly believe this is an important tradition. They will be working very much as they would be in a U.S. law school.”...