Juan E. Méndez

President Emeritus

Juan E. Méndez is President Emeritus of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and Visiting Professor of Law at the American University – Washington College of Law. Since November 2010, he has served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In 2009 and 2010, Juan Méndez was the Special Advisor on Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and in 2010 and 2011 he served as Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the ICTJ and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.