Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey

Guatemala  |  Director, Mexico and Central America Program, CEJIL


Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey is the director of CEJIL (Center for Justice and International Law) for the Mexico and Central America program since 2019. She served as Attorney General of Guatemala from 2010 to 2014. In this period, she considered the first case on genocide and crimes against humanity. During her tenure, she promoted the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. In November 2014, she was part of the first Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) promoted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the context of the disappearance of 43 normalista students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. In 2018 she was part of the second GIEI, which was formed to respond to the democratic crisis that broke out on April 18 in Nicaragua. She is a lawyer and Notary Public, Doctor in Human Rights and Criminal Law, and a human rights defender.