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Victor Madrigal-Borloz

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2024

Victor Madrigal-Borloz
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Victor Madrigal-Borloz is a Lecturer on Law and the Eleanor Roosevelt Senior Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program (2019 – 2025).

In late 2017 the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Mr. Madrigal-Borloz as UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for a three-year period starting on 1 January 2018, renewed for a further three years in 2020. In this capacity, he assessed the implementation of international human rights law, raised awareness, engaged in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, and provided them with advisory services, technical assistance, and capacity-building.

From 2013 to 2019, Mr. Madrigal-Borloz served as the Secretary-General of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), a global network of over 150 rehabilitation centres with the vision of full enjoyment of the right to rehabilitation for all victims of torture and ill treatment.

A member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Madrigal-Borloz was Rapporteur on Reprisals and oversaw a draft policy on the torture and ill-treatment of LGBTI persons. Prior to this he led technical work on numerous cases, reports and testimonies as Head of Litigation and Head of the Registry at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He has also worked at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (Copenhagen, Denmark) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica).

Mr Madrigal-Borloz is a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law (ACODI), a founding Board member of the International Justice Resource Centre (IJRC), and a founding Board member of Synergia-IDH. He obtained his Law Degrees (Bachelor, Licenciate) at the University of Costa Rica (1994, 1995) and a Diploma of the International Institute for Human Rights (Strasbourg; 1997).