Prof. de Zayas is the former U.N. Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, former Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee and Chief of the Petitions Section in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He is professor of International Law and diplomacy in Geneva and Research Fellow for the ECLJ.
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