Claret Vargas is Senior Researcher and Area Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), an international Global South NGO based in Colombia. Before joining Dejusticia she served as Executive Director at the Stanford Human Rights Center.
Vargas’s work focuses on Alien Tort Statue litigation, the inter-American system, labor conditions, prison conditions, and the intersection of corporate responsibility, environmental degradation and human rights. She is currently completing a textbook on the inter-American system, written jointly with Professor James Cavallaro and other inter-American system experts.
She earned her B.A. in social studies, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Harvard University. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has also worked with the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) in Argentina and was a legal fellow at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA).
Prior to embarking on a human rights law career, she was assistant professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, working on violence, ethics, indigenous movements and public intellectuals’ human rights advocacy during and after dictatorships.