Diego García-Sayán is a highly respected lawyer specializing in human rights. He has served in different positions at the UN, including as a participant in peace processes in Central America, as chair of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and as a member of the panel that redesigned the UN’s internal administrative justice system.
He has also served as Peru’s minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs during the country’s transition to democracy in the early 2000s. Since 2004, García-Sayán has been a judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and served the past two terms as the court’s president. He holds a law degree from the Catholic University in Peru and an MA jointly from Catholic University and Castilla La Mancha University in Spain. García-Sayán has taught as a visiting professor at Beloit College in Wisconsin and at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento. In 2013, he was honored with the annual Rule of Law Award by the American Bar Association.