Meet Pablo de Greiff
Pablo de Greiff was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to serve as the first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence in 2012. He was renewed in 2015 and held the position until May 2018. In January 2015 he was also asked to be part of UNIIB, a mission of Independent Experts to address the situation in Burundi. He is currently Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice of the School of Law at NYU. Prior to joining NYU he was the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice from 2001 to 2014. Born in Colombia, he graduated from Yale University (BA) and from Northwestern University (PhD).
De Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law, and is in the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and of several book series related to the topic.
He has lectured extensively, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, the European University Institute, and universities across Europe and Latin America. De Greiff contributed to the drafting of the final report of the Stockholm Initiative on DDR, authored the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Reparations Programmes and was an advisor to the World Bank on the process leading to the World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development.
He has been an advisor to different transitional justice bodies in Peru, Guatemala, Morocco, Colombia, and the Philippines. As Special Rapporteur he has presented thematic reports to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly on each of the pillars of his mandate and on the relationship between transitional justice, development, and the rule of law, among others. Additionally, he has presented country visit reports on Tunisia, Spain, Uruguay, and Burundi.