Michael Camilleri

United States  |  Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program

+1-202-204-5559 ˙ mcamilleri@thedialogue.org

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 States Clinton and Kerry’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.

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Lava Jato and the Winds of Change

In the wake of the Car Wash corruption scandal, seven Latin American countries are heading to the polls to elect new presidents. Global Insight assesses the implications for rule of law and democracy across the continent. Michael Camilleri shares his impressions.


Los retos de la OEA frente a crisis democráticas

En este episodio de Foro Interamericano, Gonzalo Abarca entrevistó a Michael Camilleri, director del programa de estado de derecho Peter D. Bell del Diálogo Interamericano, y al Embajador Jaime Aparicio, ex-presidente del comite jurídico interamericano de la OEA y ex-secretario ejecutivo de la Cumbre de las Americas. Los participantes analizaron las dificultades de la OEA en responder a las crisis democráticas en America Latina. 

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The U.S. must have more skin in the game in the Venezuelan crisis. In order to play the role of regional leader, the U.S. will have to have a strong leg to stand on. And a domestic migration policy that’s seen as so toxic by the very countries that are being asked to assume some of these burdens I think can only handicap the United States capacity to play that role effectively.