Stanford law Professor James Cavallaro joins watchdog group

James Cavallaro

Stanford law Professor JAMES CAVALLARO is one of the newest members of a regional watchdog group that promotes and defends human rights in the American hemisphere.

Cavallaro was elected to the INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS at the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Antigua, Guatemala, earlier this month.

“I am honored and humbled by the results of the OAS election,” Cavallaro said. “This is a critical time for the commission, and I hope to be able to apply my background in human rights, conflict resolution and experience in the Americas to advance the cause of human rights in the hemisphere.”

Cavallaro is the director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and the Stanford Human Rights Center.

His research and legal practice have been dedicated to human rights. Cavallaro has worked with refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border, challenged abuses by the Pinochet government with rights groups in Chile and litigated against alleged abuses in Brazil.

Cavallaro was executive director of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program before joining the Stanford faculty in 2011.

Cavallaro’s colleagues from Harvard praised his election, saying: “We know firsthand the dedication, legal skill and thoughtfulness Jim will bring to the post.”

Secretary of State JOHN KERRY supported Cavallaro’s candidacy and praised his “remarkable wealth of expertise and knowledge.”

Read more at the Stanford Law School News Center.