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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The rise and rise of national populism

A global resurgence of populism and nationalism has galvanised support for leaders with policies inimical to the rule of law. Global Insight assesses the risks and how they can be countered. Michael Camilleri, director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with Ruth Green from the International Bar Association, to discuss this issue. 

Escenario de Bolivia no es repetible en Venezuela, según analistas

La convocatoria a una jornada de protestas permanentes hecha por el presidente designado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, difícilmente podría resultar en un escenario similar al de Bolivia, ya que existen diferencias importantes entre ambos países, según analistas que observan con detenimiento la región. Michael Camilleri, Director del Programa de Estado…


Evo Morales steps down: “The people of Bolivia took to the streets to defend their democracy, but the military gave Morales the final push.”

Michael Camilleri, director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with France24 about recent events in Bolivia. Camilleri commented on the military’s role in the ouster of President Evo Morales as well as Morales’ legacy and motivations. He concluded by noting the importance of a peaceful and swift democratic transition towards free and fair elections.

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Esta crisis de confianza democrática se interseca con un panorama económico caracterizado por bajo crecimiento y desigualdad persistente. Las mayores expectativas ciudadanas coexisten con una situación de bajos recursos de los gobiernos, una combinación que coadyuva al descontento.
Esta crise de confiança democrática se cruza com um panorama econômico caracterizado por baixo crescimento e desigualdade persistente. As maiores expectativas da população coexistem com uma situação de baixos recursos dos governos, uma combinação que contribui para a insatisfação.