Ian Binnie is currently serving his third term as Commissioner. He was first elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2008 and 2013. From 2004 – 2008 he served as a member of the Executive Committee. One of Canada’s most respected advocates, he served for nearly 14 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He retired in 2011. During his time on the country’s top court (as only the second modern Justice appointed directly from the bar) Ian authored more than 170 opinions, including on landmark cases involving issues of patent interpretation and validity, protection of trade-marks, media law, commercial disputes, punitive damages, expert evidence and many aspects of constitutional, criminal and administrative law. Throughout his career as a litigator, Ian has often taken on public service roles as well. In the early 1980s he served for four years as Canada’s Associate Deputy Minister of Justice. He was later appointed Special Parliamentary Counsel to the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Meech Lake Accord. As a member of the ICJ, he has appeared before the International Court of Justice and various international tribunals in governmental litigation matters, and has acted as Canadian representative in high-profile disputes involving France and the U.S. He studied law at the University of Toronto and at Cambridge University, England.
Mr Reed Brody, from the United States, is currently serving his first term as an ICJ Commissioner having been elected in December 2016. Mr Brody is counsel for the victims of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, who was convicted of crimes against humanity in a special court in Senegal. Previously, he worked on the cases of Augusto Pinochet and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. From 1998 to 2016, he was Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, where he was author of four HRW reports on U.S. treatment of prisoners in the “war on terror” and the book “Faut-il Juger George Bush?” He has also served as Deputy Chief of the UN Secretary-General’s Investigative Team in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SGIT), Director of the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL), advisor to the government of Haiti for the prosecution of serious crimes, and Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Group, He coordinated the ICJ 1997 report “Tibet: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.” From 1987 to 1992 he was director of the ICJ’s Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and then ICJ Executive Secretary. His 1984 investigation uncovered atrocities by the U.S.-backed “contras” against Nicaraguan civilians. He has taught courses on accountability for international crimes at Columbia Law School and the American University Washington College of Law. Mr Brody is on the advisory board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. His work has been featured in five films, including “The Dictator Hunter.”
Professor Carbonell, from Mexico, is currently serving his first term as an ICJ Commissioner, having been elected in 2014. He has a Degree in Law from the Law Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Doctorate of Law from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. He is a researcher of the Institute of Legal Research of the UNAM and Coordinator of the Institute of Constitutional Law. In January 2005 he was awarded National Researcher Level III of the National System of Researchers, he was the youngest scientist in the country to reach that level.Professor Carbonell is the Director General of the Office “Carbonell Constitutional Consulting”. He is the author of 52 books and coordinator/compiler of 51 other works. He has published over 520 articles in journals and collective works in Mexico, Spain, Italy, England, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. His writings have been published in five different languages. Professor Carbonell is a member of the Council of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District, is a columnist in the newspaper “El Mundo” and has taught over 950 courses and conferences in Mexico and other countries. He has been awarded several prizes among which include the National University Award for Young Scholars.
A first term commissioner, Professor Sarah Cleveland (USA) is the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and faculty director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. She is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, the US member of the Venice Commission, and former counsel to the US State Department legal adviser. She also serves as coordinating reporter of the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.
Roberto Garretón is currently serving his second term as Commissioner following his election in 2008 and re-election in 2013. He is a Chilean human rights lawyer. He is a former member of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is also former Ambassador of Chile to the on behalf of international and interamerican institutions of human Rights. During the military dictatorship in Chile he was Legal Director for the Vicaría de la Solidaridad, the more important institution for defense human rights of this country.
Professor César Landa is serving his first term as Commissioner following his election in 2013. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He is a Professor of Constitutional Law, both at the Catholic University and the National University of San Marcos. Prior to this, Processor Landa was the President of the Constitutional Court of Peru (2006), during which time he was responsible for a range of important jurisprudence. He served as a Judge on the Constitutional Court. He has also served as an Ad-Hoc Judge on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2003). Professor Landa has published many books and articles, focusing in particular on the issues of fundamental rights, constitutional jurisdiction, human rights and human rights systems.
Professor Juan Méndez, from Argentina, is serving his first term as ICJ Commissioner, having been elected in December 2016. Professor Méndez was the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment from November 2010 to October 31, 2016. Professor Méndez is also a Professor of Human Rights Law in residence at the Washington College of Law. Previously Professor Méndez has worked in a number of human rights roles including as general counsel of Human Rights Watch, Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, as President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ) and as Kofi Annan’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide.
A second term commissioner, Mónica Pinto is Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law and currently Dean of the University of Buenos Aires Law School. She is a former UN Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Guatemala (1993-1997) and Chad (2004–2005) and a former legal adviser to the Argentine Delegation that participates in hearings of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Since 1997 she has been a member of the Board of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights as well as of the Association for the Prevention of Torture. She was awarded the Ordre national du mérite, as Chevalier, by the French Republic, the Goler T. Butcher Medal by the American Society of International Law and the B’nei Brith Human Rights Prize.
Michèle Rivet was first elected as Commissioner in 2003 and re-elected in 2008. She was elected to the Executive Committee in 2008 and served as Vice President from 2011 to 2017. She has been involved with the Canadian Section of the ICJ for many years, serving as its President from 1996 to 2001. Now Member of the Quebec Bar as a lawyer, she is a visiting professor at University of Sherbrooke. She was a judge from 1980 to 2010. She served, from 1990 to 2010 as first President of the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. From 1991 – 1995 she was Vice President, and then President of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. She studied law at the University of Montreal and the University of Paris. In 2005, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa for her contribution to the development of Human Rights. In 2011, the Quebec Court honored her with their gold Medal. In 2015, the Quebec Bar gave er their Annual Merit Award.
Professor Victor Rodriguez Rescia is serving his second term as Commissioner, having been elected in 2013. He is a Costa Rican jurist who currently serves as Vice-President of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT). Professor Rescia is the Director of ‘Derechos Humanos para las Americas’ at the DePaul University in the USA. He works as a Human Rights Consultant for the Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (IIDH) in Costa Rica. In this role, Professor Rescia has prepared methodologies, articles and workshops on torture prevention in Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and El Salvador. He provides training to judicial officers, with an emphasis on access to justice, due process and the prevention of torture. In 2006, Professor Rescia was a leading supporter in the campaign for the ratification and entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). He has been involved in a number of cases before the Inter-American System, advising on issues relating to torture.
Mr Alejandro Salinas River, from Chile, is serving his first term as ICJ Commissioner, having been elected in December 2016. Mr Salinas Rivera is a lawyer from Chile with expertise in international issues and cooperation, mining and labour law. Alejandro has collaborated with and ran leading national and international human rights organizations. He has worked as a consultant and adviser for the ICJ as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Parliamentary Union and the Presidential Advisory Commission for human Rights Policy. He has been the head of a number of Departments and Units in various government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Director of the Human Rights Department; the Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Unit of International Affairs; and at the Public Defender’s Officer as Chief of Staff of the National Defender, Head of the Evaluation, Control and Claims Department and Head of the International Cooperation Unit.
A first term commissioner, Mr Wilder Tayler (Uruguay) is Director of the National Institution of Human Rights and Ombudsman’s Office in Uruguay. He was Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists from 2008-2017. Between 2007 and 2014 he was a member and Vice-Chairperson of the UN Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture. Mr Tayler was Legal Director of Human rights Watch from 1997 to March 2007 and before that he worked with Amnesty International as a Legal Advisor and Director of the Americas Programme.
Dr Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes is serving his second term as Commissioner, having been elected in 2013. He is the Director of the Centre for the study of Law Justice and Society (DeJuSticia) in Colombia. He is a prominent lawyer and specialises in Constitutional Law, human rights and transitional justice. He is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Human Rights, and Theory of the State at the Universidad Nacional, in Bogotá and, since 2005, has been the Director of the Master’s Programme in Law at the Universidad Nacional. Dr Uprimny Yepes also serves as an Interim Magistrate of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, which he has done since 2004. He is a former Interim / Assistant Justice (Magistrado Auxiliar) of the Constitutional Court, a position he held for eleven years. Dr Uprimny Yepes Ph. D. in Political Economy at the University of Amiens Picardie, DSU (Master’s Degree) in Sociology of Law at the University of Paris II, and DEA (Master’s Degree) in Social Economy of Development at the University of Paris I (IEDES).