Jean Michel Arrighi

Jean Michel Arrighi

Secretary for Legal Affairs

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Attorney and Doctor of Laws and Social Sciences (Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay). Professor of Public International Law at the Universidad de la República and the Universidad Católica (Uruguay). Has lectured, among others, at the Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the OAS Course on International Law, the University of Paris II (France), Georgetown University (Washington DC), and the Hague Academy of International Law (published in volume 355 of the Collected Courses).

He is member of the “Institut de Droit International”, vice president of the Latin-American Society of International Law, member of the “Instituto Hispano-Luso Americano de Derecho Internacional”, of the “Société Francaise de Droit International”, of the “American Society of International Law” and of the “Academia Nacional de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales de Argentina”. He was a founding member of the “Instituto Ibero-Latinoamericano de Derecho del Consumidor” and member of the editorial board of the “Journal of Consumer Policy”. He is member of the Editorial Board of the “Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional”.

Author of books and articles on international law, consumer law and Inter-American law, published in journals in the Americas and Europe. Among others, he collaborated in the treaty on Public International Law under the direction of Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga. Published an article on the reforms to the OAS Charter in the “Annuaire Francais de Droit International”, a book on the OAS published in Brazil (ed. Manole, Sao Paulo, 2003) and another in México (ed.Porrúa, 2015) and the articles on the inter-american system of the “Encyclopedia of Public International Law” (Max Planck Institute and Oxford University Press) and “The Oxford Handbook of the use of force in international law”.

Former Director of Consumer Defense and former National Director of Commerce and Suppliers in Uruguay (1985 - 1990), legal adviser to the International Organization of Consumers Unions (de 1990 - 1993) and legal adviser (though competition) to the General Secretariat of the OAS (1993 - 1996). From 1996 to 2005, he was the Director of the Department of International Law of the General Secretariat of the OAS. Since 2005, he was then Director of the Department of International Legal Affairs until his appointment as Secretary for Legal Affairs.