Dialogue with the Candidates for Commissioner of the IACHR

Irene Estefanía González / Inter-American Dialogue

On Friday, May 5th, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Open Society Justice Initiative, and the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an open forum with the six candidates nominated by the member states to serve on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

In this forum, the candidates presented their vision for the commission and engaged directly with participants about the main challenges relating to human rights in the Americas, civil society participation, and the future of the Inter-American System among other topics. All of the candidates answered questions from the moderators, the audience, and remote participants via Twitter. Of the six candidates, three will be elected by the OAS member states at the forthcoming general assembly in Mexico City in June.

In addition, candidates were given the opportunity to submit written responses to all submitted questions. Those questions and responses can be found here. 

The full video of the event is below:



Gianella Bardazano Gradin

Nominee of Uruguay

Joel Hernández García

Nominee of Mexico

Douglass Cassel

Nominee of the United States

Flávia Cristina Piovesan

Nominee of Brazil

Carlos Horacio de Casas

Nominee of Argentina

Antonia Urrejola Noguera

Nominee of Chile


Katya Salazar

Due Process of Law Foundation

Michael Camilleri

Inter-American Dialogue

Welcoming Remarks

Michael Shifter

Inter-American Dialogue


Written Responses:

Douglass Cassel

Joel Hernández García

Flávia Cristina Piovesan

Antonia Urrejola Noguera


Event Co-Sponsors

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Open Society Justice Initiative, and the Inter-American Dialogue