Gino Costa

Peru |  Former Member of Congress and Former Interior Minister, Peru


Gino Costa is an affiliate researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP). His upcoming essay, slated for release by IEP in late May, delves into the failed government of Pedro Castillo and the deepening crisis of Peruvian democracy. This follows his previous book, “Democracy Under Siege,” which offers parliamentary testimony on the origins and development of the country’s political crisis.

With a diverse background in politics and international affairs, Costa has held various roles, including member of congress (2016-2021), deputy mayor of Miraflores (2014-2015), minister and vice minister of interior (2001-2003), president of the National Prison System (2001), and deputy ombudsman for human rights (1996-2000). Costa also contributed globally as a human rights officer at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva (1988-1989) and in political capacities in UN peacekeeping and peace-making missions across Central America.

Throughout his career, Costa has served as a consultant for the United Nations, other multilateral organizations, and aid agencies on matters of police reform, human rights, and citizen security. He also directed Ciudad Nuestra (2007-2015), a Lima-based think-tank focused on citizen security. Costa’s expertise has been recognized through membership in the Latin American Working Group of the Inter-American Dialogue from 2005 to 2021.

Costa holds a law degree from the Catholic University in Lima (1981) and a PhD in international relations from Cambridge University (1987).

Costa was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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