Pablo De Greiff
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Pablo De Greiff

Pablo de Greiff is a Colombian human rights activist, currently serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Bogotá on 20 June 1963, de Greiff graduated from Yale University in 1986, and completed his PhD at Northwestern University in 1992.


De Greiff was assistant professor of philosophy in the State University of New York from 1992 to 2002, and associate professor there in 2000-2003. He was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, in 2000-2001.[2] In 2001 he joined the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), a human rights INGO based in New York City, becoming its director of research.

While at the ICTJ de Greiff provided advice on transitional justice to the World Bank, other UN agencies, governments, truth and reconciliation commissions and other bodies, including the National Reparations Commission (Comisión Nacional de Resarcimiento) in Guatemala, the Colombian National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation (Comisión Nacional de Reparación y Reconciliación), the Equity and Reconciliation Commission in Morocco and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Peru). He has also worked in the Philippines and Palestine, and has prepared for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rule of Law Tools for Post-Conflict States on Reparations Programmes, as well as advising OHCHR projects on reparations, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, and economic, social and cultural rights in post-conflict situations.[1]

In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council established a mandate for a Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence.[3] De Greiff was one of 15 applicants for the three-year part-time post,[4] and was one of three shortlisted.[5] De Greiff's selection was announced at the conclusion of the 19th HRC session on 23 March 2012.[6]

De Greiff has lectured at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, the European University Institute and other universities across Europe and Latin America. He has edited 10 books on justice and human rights and many articles on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law. A member of the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, he holds dual Colombian and US citizenship.[1][2]

Other activities


  1. ^ a b c "Application for appointment as Special Rapporteur".
  2. ^ a b "Biography on ICTJ website". Archived from the original on 2012-05-10.
  3. ^ "Human Rights Council resolution 18/7 of 29 September 2011".
  4. ^ "OHCHR list of candidates for SR appointments, 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26.
  5. ^ "SR shortlisting announcement" (PDF).
  6. ^ "ICTJ Congratulates Pablo de Greiff on Nomination for Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice - ICTJ". 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ Advisory Board International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).
  8. ^ Pablo de Greiff Open Society Foundations (OSF).

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