Javier Ciurlizza

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Bogotá, Colombia

Crisis Group role:

Javier Ciurlizza is the Bogotá-based Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program since January 2011. As Program Director, Javier oversees projects covering Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti and Guatemala. He has a master’s degree from the University of Warwick, England.

Areas of expertise:

  • Latin American politics and society
  • Transitional justice
  • Human rights
  • Civil society and conflict prevention

Professional background:

  • Colombia and Americas Program Director, International Center for Transitional Justice (2007-2010)
  • Director. Research Institute on Human Rights, Catholic University of Peru (2004-2007)
  • Special Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru (2006-2006)
  • Executive Director, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru (2001-2003)
  • Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Justice of Peru (2000-2001)
  • Secretary General, Andean Commission of Jurists (1995-2000)


  • Spanish (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Portuguese (intermediate)

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