Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Commissioner Carlos Bernal Pulido was elected at the 51st Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly on November 12, 2021, for a four-year term, from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2025. He is a professor at the law school of the University of Dayton, Ohio, United States, and the Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia. He served as a magistrate of the Constitutional Court of Colombia (2017-2020). He holds a law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, a doctorate in law from the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and a master's degree and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Florida, United States. He was a professor at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and the University of Florida; and visiting professor at the law schools of the Sorbonne University of Paris, Paris X (Nanterre) and Leon (Spain), and visiting researcher at the law schools of Yale University, Kings' College London and the Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany.
He is the author of books, journal articles, and chapters on topics related to the protection of human and fundamental rights, democratic constitutionalism, constitutional creation and change, the ontology of law, and the theoretical foundations of civil and State responsibility. He is a citizen of Colombia.
2020 - 2021
Commissioner Edgar Stuardo Ralón Orellana was elected by the General Assembly of the OAS during its 49th Regular Period of Sessions, on June 28, 2019, for a four-year term from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023. He is a constitutional lawyer for Guatemala. He has been professionally active for 20 years and, as a legal expert, has specialized in constitutional law. He has combined university teaching and litigation and is an authority on constitutional matters in his native country. The defense of safeguards for individual rights like the right to life, civil liberties, and political rights stands out in his human rights career. He is a citizen of Guatemala.