Nationality Costa Rica
Committee Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Date First Elected 02/01/2000
Date Term Expires 12/31/2012
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background - Project coordinator, Centro de Orientación Familiar (Family Guidance Centre), 1975-1976
- Research director, United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), 1976
- Coordinator, Fund for Technological Development and International Affairs, National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICIT), 1984-1986

Diplomatic activities
- Consul in Moscow, 1978
- Minister Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Rome, 1992-1993
Consul-General, Milan, 1993-1995

Academic activities
- Researcher, CERCI Centre for the Study of International Law, National Research Council (CNR), Rome, 1988-1991

- External Legislative Assembly consultant on the Constituent Treaty of the Central American Parliament and other Political Forums, 1986-1987
- Adviser on crisis and modernization of political parties in Latin America. 1995
- Consultant to the Centre for the Study of International Law, Rome, 1995-1998
- Consultant on economic integration systems in the Andean countries, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), 1996-1997
Educational Background- Bachillerato universitario (Bachelor’s degree) in Political Science, University of Costa Rica, 1978
- Licenciatura (Master’s degree) in Law, University of Barcelona, 1982
Advanced graduate study:
-Graduate courses in International Law, University of Costa Rica, 1986
-Doctorate in International Law, Universities of Perugia and Rome, 1988-1990
-Doctoral courses in Political Science towards a doctorate in Latin American studies, Arcis University, Chile, 1997

Other diplomas and courses
- Diploma in Criminology, Complutense University, Madrid, 1979
- Diploma from the School of Juridical Practices, University of Zaragoza, 1983
- Course on transfer of technology and patents, World Industrial Property Organization, Moscow, 1985
- Internship in Argentina, Chile and Peru in industrial property and transfer of technology, 1985
- Interdisciplinary human rights course, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIDAH), Costa Rica, 1986
- Course on globalization, markets and technology in contemporary societies, United Nations Office in Vienna, 1997
- Course on gender, education and politics in the countries of the European Community, United Nations Office in Vienna, 1997
Current occupation Visiting professor, Central University of Quito, Ecuador and Alcalá de Henares University, Spain; Lecturer in research methods, theory of the State, public international law, University of Costa Rica; Expert consultant in human rights, economic, social and cultural rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender equality, family issues, and economic, social and cultural rights indicators
LanguageEnglish, Spanish (Español)
Working LanguageS
Date of birth: 26 October 1952