Michael Camilleri is the director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. An international lawyer and former diplomat, Camilleri served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017 as a member of Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council.
Prior to joining the government, Camilleri was a human rights specialist at the Organization of American States, where he served as senior legal adviser to the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He was previously a senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an impact litigation NGO. Camilleri also worked with a coalition of civil society organizations in Guatemala and at a large international law firm.
Mr. Camilleri holds a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-founder of the Americas expert group at the Truman National Security Project, and he has been an adjunct professor of law and international affairs at the George Washington University, American University, and the University of Baltimore. He speaks Spanish and conversational Portuguese.