Santiago Canton

Argentina  |  Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue

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

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Santiago A. Canton is the director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue and an international visiting scholar at American University, Washington College of Law.

From 2016 to 2019, he was the secretary of Human Rights of the province of Buenos Aires. From 2012 to 2015, he was the executive director of RFK Partners for Human Rights at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in Washington, DC. From 2010 to 2015, Canton was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. From 2001 to 2012, he was the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 1998, he was elected as the first Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in the Inter-American System. Previously, he was the director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Democratic Institute and an advisor to former President Carter during the elections in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic in 1990.

In 2005, Canton was awarded the Inter-American Press Association´s Chapultepec Grand Prize for his contributions to the promotion, development, strengthening, and defense of the principles of freedom of expression. His writings and interviews have been featured in multiple news outlets, including CNN, CBS, El Mundo, El País, Miami Herald, Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, and newspapers throughout Latin America.

He holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master’s degree in International Law from the Washington College of Law of American University. 


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Ortega y Murillo

Canton: “Ningún líder mundial que crea en la democracia y el Estado de Derecho puede aceptar a Daniel Ortega en estas condiciones.”

En una nueva entrevista con Despacho 505, Santiago Canton, director del programa de derecho del Diálogo Interamericano, analiza los desafíos que Daniel Ortega y Rosario Murillo tendrán por delante, entre ellos la falta de legitimidad y el aislamiento por parte de otros países lo cual pone en riesgo la manutención de recursos para mantener en pié a su Gobierno.

Santiago Canton expone ante la OEA en 2017

Canton: “El debate hoy es entre los que creen en la democracia y los que no”

En una entrevista con Clarín, Santiago Canton observa con preocupación las derivas autoritarias en el escenario regional latinoamericano. En relación a la situación en Nicaragua, se trataron temas como la detención de candidatos opositores y los debates en la Organización de los Estados Americanos de cara a una eventual aplicación de la Carta Democrática.


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