Michael Camilleri

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

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

Michael Camilleri is Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. An international lawyer and former diplomat, he served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017 as the Western Hemisphere adviser on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the U.S. government, Michael was a human rights specialist at the Organization of American States and a senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). He also worked with a coalition of civil society organizations in Guatemala and at a large international law firm.

Michael’s commentary and analysis on legal and policy issues in the Americas have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Americas Quarterly, BBC, Fox News, Univision, NTN24, and CNN en Español. Michael is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, 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 holds a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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Venezuela on the Brink

Michael Camilleri discusses the many implications of Juan Guaidó’s rise to power in Venezuela.


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If they manage to bring aid into the country, they will help to feed and provide medicine to needy Venezuelans. […] If Maduro is successful in blocking the aid, the reality of his cruelty and insensitivity to the plight of his own people will be even clearer.
One of the enduring ironies of Venezuela's socialist experiment is that even as the country's economy collapses and its people flee from hunger and disease, a small coterie of well-placed Venezuelans has grown astonishingly rich from corruption […] There are millions, if not billions, of dollars in dirty money that Chavista insiders and generals have stashed abroad.