Meet Our Teams

Vance Center Staff

  • Alexander Papachristou

    Alexander Papachristou

    Alexander Papachristou joined the Vance Center as Executive Director in January 2012. He directs the organization’s overall operations and focuses on its programmatic and institutional initiatives, as well as fundraising.

    Mr. Papachristou previously was president of the Near East Foundation, a participatory, community-based economic and social development organization working in Arab and African countries. For the preceding 18 years, Mr. Papachristou engaged in cross-border corporate finance in advisory and proprietary roles: he served as managing director and general counsel at NCH Capital, Inc, which invests in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; he lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of White & Case. Mr. Papachristou also worked in the law firm of Clifford & Warnke in Washington, DC and was policy assistant to New York Governor Mario Cuomo. He served as law clerk to US District Judge Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. Mr. Papachristou is a member of the board of the Media Development Investment Fund, as well as the advisory council of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement. In late 2011, The New Press published Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which Mr. Papachristou edited.

    Mr. Papachristou received an LLM and JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from Princeton University, as well as Arabic language training at the American University in Cairo.

  • Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste

    Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste

    Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste joined the Vance Center in October 2012. She leads the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program at the Vance Center. In this role, Ms. Jean-Baptiste advises clients on projects related to transitional justice, prevention of mass atrocities, accountability for grave human rights violations, and business and human rights. Ms. Jean-Baptiste works with local and international NGOs and international organizations such as the United Nations, The International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

    Prior to joining the Vance Center, Ms. Jean-Baptiste worked for four years with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) in New York where, as the Human Rights Program Officer, she developed and managed ISLP’s program in Latin America and the Caribbean. At ISLP, Ms. Jean-Baptiste worked with governments, international organizations, and NGOs worldwide providing legal support on human rights and equitable economic development projects. These projects included, among others, capacity building of local lawyers and government officials, international human rights litigation, human rights monitoring, and legislative reform and advocacy.

    Ms. Jean-Baptiste is Co-Chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Her publications include: The Bashir Debacle: How South Africa Betrayed Itself and the World, Vance Center Bulletin (June 13, 2015) co-authored with Justice Richard Goldstone; and The Unfinished Business of Transitional Justice in Brazil: The Hopes and Promises of the Brazilian National Truth Commission, RE-VISTA Verdade, Justiça e Memória (December 2014).

    Ms. Jean-Baptiste earned a law degree from the George Washington University and degrees in International Studies and Political Science from the City College of New York. While in Law School, Ms. Jean-Baptiste worked with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

    Born and raised in Haiti, Ms. Jean-Baptiste is fluent in Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • Susan M. Kath

    Susan M. Kath

    Susan M. Kath became Director of the Environment Program in February 2013. She directs the program in its work with international and regional environmental NGOs to develop cross-jurisdictional pro bono projects in the areas of human rights and the environment, climate change, biodiversity conservation, international humanitarian law, toxic waste and protecting environmental defenders.

    Ms. Kath previously served as the Chief of the New York City Law Department Environmental Law Division. Ms. Kath managed and directed the division in its representation of the Mayor of the City of New York and its agencies with respect to all federal, state and local environmental laws and served as a senior advisor to the Corporation Counsel, Deputy Mayors and City Agency Commissioners. Ms. Kath managed complex environmental policy and litigation matters in the areas of climate change and climate resilience, environmental sustainability and public health, transportation, energy and wastewater infrastructure projects, and major New York City economic development initiatives. Ms. Kath participated in the creation of the City’s first sustainability plan, PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York and in the design and creation of the City’s long term solid waste management plan. Ms. Kath co-taught a seminar class at Harvard Law School on PlaNYC and the legal issues related to sustainability planning.

    Ms. Kath is the Co-chair of the New York Committee for Human Rights Watch, Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Environment and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Prospect Park Alliance. She is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Ms. Kath is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Northwestern University.

  • Karina Benzaquen

    Karina Benzaquen

    Karina Benzaquen Joined the Vance Center in November 2015 as the Communications and Development Assistant and currently holds the position of Program Manager where she works on managing the Women in the Profession Program (WIP).

    Ms. Benzaquen holds a Master degree in International Business from Hult International Business School in Boston. She also holds a BA in International Relations, with a concentration in Global Business from Roanoke College in Virginia.

    Ms. Benzaquen was born in Peru and has lived in Germany, Greece, and the United States. She is bi-lingual in English and Spanish and also speaks Russian.

  • Jorge Escobedo

    Jorge Escobedo

    Jorge joined the Vance Center in June 2018 as the Director of Pro Bono Partnerships. In his role, he is responsible for managing the Vance Center’s partnerships with law firms, pro bono clearinghouses, and other legal institutions worldwide. Jorge also co-manages the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, which aims to foster collaboration among clearinghouses in Latin America in order to institutionalize pro bono practice in the region.

    Jorge started his career as the Pro Bono Specialist at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in 2008, where he co-managed a global pro bono program. He was honored by inMotion (now HerJustice) with the “Commitment to Justice” Award in both 2010 and 2012 for his assistance to immigrant women and children. After Shearman & Sterling, Jorge worked in different non-profit organizations focusing on homelessness prevention and social services for some of New York City’s most vulnerable residents.

    From 2014 to 2017, Jorge was invited to join the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum that convenes emerging leaders to address pressing needs in their home cities. He also sits on the advisory board of the “Give Me 5” Campaign, which promotes the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Jorge holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and an A.B. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where he was named a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow and a grant recipient of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

    Jorge speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish. He has also studied Classical Nahuatl, German, and Portuguese.

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  • Jaime Chavez Alor

    Jaime Chavez Alor

    Jaime joined the Vance Center in November 2018 as the Latin America Policy Manager. In his role, he is responsible for managing the Vance Center’s Lawyers Council on Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas and to develop other policy-related initiatives in Latin America.

    Before joining the Vance Center, Mr. Chavez Alor worked in the three branches of the Mexican federal government. He served as head of the Unit of Ethics and Prevention of Conflict of Interest in the Secretariat of Public Administration, and previously as head of the Unit of International Affairs and Attaches, and general director of special projects in the Office of the Attorney General. He worked before as senior advisor to a Mexican senator and junior advisor to the Chief Justice of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.  He has also worked as a normative analysis and institutional design expert and has experience with not-for-profit organizations.

    Jaime received his law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and an LLM from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, received the Raymond J. Baer Scholarship and the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Recognition of Achievement. Additionally, he has studies in public policy, human rights and compared criminal law.

    In 2014 he was selected to participate in the Professional Fellows Program of the U.S Department of State, and in 2016 in the Mexico – United Kingdom Initiative on Future Leaders.

    Mr. Chavez Alor has written several articles and books, on his own and with co-authors, on human rights, conflict of interest, corruption, and democratic participation.

    Born and raised in Mexico, Jaime is fluent in Spanish and English.

  • Adaobi Egboka

    Adaobi Egboka

    Adaobi Egboka joined the Vance Center in September 2018 as Africa Program Manager. She has overall responsibility for the Vance Center’s Africa Program, managing the African Legal Fellows program, including the Power Africa Legal Fellows program, and the Women in Profession program in Africa, and liaising with the directors of the pro bono representation program and the pro bono partnerships program in developing pro bono practice in selected African countries, as well as supporting the Africa Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee.

    Ms. Egboka has more than ten years’ experience on access to justice, rule of law, and good governance and over seven years’ experience in NGO management, project coordination, fund raising, stakeholder management and team/capacity building.   She started her professional career in 2007 as legal officer at Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a leading Nigerian human rights NGO, where she rose to the position of the Executive Programmes Director.  Her work focused on innovative leadership and the effective application of international and human rights treaties and standards through capacity building, strategic litigation, and advocacy. She also focused on full implementation of laws on justice sector reform and prohibition of Gender Based Violence and on initiating and coordinating pro bono partnerships such as managing the duty solicitor scheme of LEDAP in partnership with the Law Society of England and Wales in 2009. She managed the West African Focal Point of the Coalition for Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and served as an expert on electoral violence mitigation at The Electoral Institute, Abuja, from February 2015 -2016. Ms. Egboka has also served as the Technical Assistant on Police Reform for the Rule of Law Advisory Team in the office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Ms. Egboka received her LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law in 2018 from the University of Washington School of Law, graduating with distinction and awarded the Roy Prosterman Leadership Award. Previously, she graduated from the University of Lagos and Nigerian Law School. She was a Barer and PILnet fellow, serving as a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School and interning at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She also interned at the America Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, and North-West Justice Project, all in Seattle, Washington State.

  • Sam Bookman

    Sam Bookman

    Sam Bookman joined the Vance Center as a Pro Bono Practice Fellow, supported by the Harvard Law School Public Service Venture Fund. Sam completed an LLM degree at Harvard in 2017-2018 with a focus on international human rights and comparative constitutional law. At Harvard, he assisted in strategic litigation as part of the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic, and was a project leader for Harvard Advocates for Human Rights. He has previously worked in New Zealand as Judge’s Clerk to the Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand and as barrister in a range of human rights-related issues. His first law degree was from the University of Auckland, where Sam was the Director of New Zealand’s largest student practice organization, the Equal Justice Project.

Vance Center Committee

The governing body of the Vance Center is the Vance Center Committee, composed of leading members of the legal profession in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, including law firm partners, members of the judiciary, and corporate counsels. They provide core funding and are actively engaged in the Vance Center’s programming and planning. The governing body of the Vance Center is the Vance Center Committee, composed of leading members of the legal profession in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, including law firm partners, members of the judiciary, and corporate counsels. They provide core funding and are actively engaged in the Vance Center’s programming and planning.

Chair & Executive Sub-committee

  • Edwin S. Maynard

    Chair, Vance Center Committee; Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
    Edwin S. Maynard
    Chair, Vance Center Committee; Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

    Edwin S. Maynard is a partner in the Corporate Department and head of the Canadian Practice Group. He focuses primarily on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. Ted has represented many U.S., Canadian and other non-U.S. issuers in a broad range of securities offerings, public and private, equity and debt and in cross-border acquisitions and restructurings, both public and private.

    Ted has advised numerous issuers, underwriters and placement agents in connection with cross-border offerings made in Canada and the United States. Ted regularly advises U.S., Canadian and other non-U.S. public companies with respect to cross-border mergers and acquisitions and on their U.S. reporting obligations. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Capital Markets by Chambers Global, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal.

    Ted speaks frequently on a range of securities law and mergers and acquisitions topics, most often on the effects of legal developments in the United States on Canadian companies and their underwriters/agents. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the sole American representative on the Securities Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.

    He is the Chair of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the international pro bono arm of the NYC Bar Association, Ted was actively involved in the Vance Center’s efforts that led to the 2008 launch of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, committing signing law firms and other legal institutions throughout the Americas to do pro bono work. He received a number of awards for his pro bono work on behalf of micro-entrepreneurs in Harlem. Ted is also a director of the Classic Stage Company.

    During his academic career, he studied in France, Mexico and Guatemala. He speaks French and Spanish

  • Todd Crider

    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Todd Crider
    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

    Todd Crider is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where he is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department. He advises client in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance.  Fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Portuguese, Mr. Crider concentrates primarily on transactions in Spain and Latin America. Mr. Crider is an active member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he is a member of the Executive Sub-Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of International Justice Initiatives and a member of the Inter-American Affairs Committee.  In such capacities he participated in 2001 and 2002 as an organizer and speaker at pro bono conferences in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. He has previously served pro bono as a legal adviser to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  He was a speaker at the First Annual Latin American Corporate Counsel Institute on Introduction to International Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances in 1998 and, among other articles, is a co-author of Indigenous Peoples, the Environment, and Commercial Forestry in Developing Countries:  the Case of Awas Tingni, published in Human Rights Quarterly (May 1996). Originally from the American South, Mr. Crider lived in Spain for 10 of his first 20 years.  Mr. Crider received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1987 from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was student body president, his License d’histoire in 1988 from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, where he was a Rotary Scholar, and his J.D. in 1991 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a member of Journal of Transnational Law and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

  • Antonia E. Stolper

    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Shearman & Sterling
    Antonia E. Stolper
    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Ms. Stolper is the Americas Regional Managing Partner, head of the Latin America affinity group and a member of Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets-Americas practice group.  Ms. Stolper’s practice focuses primarily on corporate finance transactions in emerging markets. She has extensive registered public offering experience for foreign private issuers.  Her practice focuses on debt and equity securities offerings for Latin American corporate and sovereign issuers, representing both underwriters and issuers, and on restructuring transactions in Latin America, representing issuers, dealer managers and creditors.  In addition, she advises a number of Latin American issuers on their ongoing SEC reporting requirements and corporate governance matters. Ms. Stolper has also advised the Climate Bonds Initiative pro bono on establishing standards for financing the transition to a low carbon economy.  Ms. Stolper is also a member of the executive sub-committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of the New York City Bar Association, promoting pro bono work by private lawyers in Latin America and working with lawyers throughout the region on promoting the status of women in the legal profession.

    Ms. Stolper is currently ranked Band 1 in Latin America-wide Capital Markets Chambers Latin America and Band 1 in Latin American Investment in Chambers Global. She has recently been selected amongst the Latin America’s Top Lawyers (2017), Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers (2016) for Capital Markets. She was named one of the National Law Journal’s Outstanding Women Lawyers in 2015 and selected by Latinvex in 2015 as among Latin America’s top 50 female lawyers.

  • Inosi M. Nyatta

    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
    Inosi M. Nyatta
    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

    Member of the Vance Center’s Executive Sub- Committee, Inosi Nyatta is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Finance & Restructuring Group. Ms. Nyatta is originally from Kenya. She advises clients on a broad range of financing transactions, including project financings, capital markets offerings and cross-border financings. Ms. Nyatta has acted for a cross-section of clients in oil and gas, power, financial, mining, infrastructure, consumer and other sectors in the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere. She was assigned to the London office from 2006 through 2010 and relocated to New York in 2011. Ms. Nyatta was the pro bono coordinator in the Firm’s London office and is a member of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Nyatta has participated in a number of pro bono projects through the Vance Center and her firm, including assisting in the establishment of non-for-profit organizations involved in charitable activities in the U.S. and in Africa, providing advice to the African Freedom of Information Center on a “Supplementary Act on a Uniform Legal Framework on Right of Information in West Africa” for submission to the ECOWAS states and providing advice to the Kenya Human Rights Commission with respect to International Criminal Court proceedings involving certain Kenyan individuals.  Ms. Nyatta also serves as the Vice Chair of Amref Health Africa (USA), an charity focused on strengthening community health systems in Africa.  Ms. Nyatta has been recognized for her work in project finance by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, IFLR1000 and Law360. She received her LL.B. at the University of Nairobi, an LL.M. from New York University School of Law under the Hauser Global Scholar program, and a B.C.L. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford under the Rhodes Scholar program.


  • Werner F. Ahlers

    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
    Werner F. Ahlers
    Member, Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

    Member of the Vance Center’s Executive Sub-Committee, Werner Federico Ahlers is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s General Practice Group, whose work includes practice includes a wide range of cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as various corporate, project and asset-backed financings. He has particular experience advising strategic and financial investors in investments in countries across Latin America in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, as well as in highly regulated industries, including telecommunications, healthcare and financial services.  Originally from Nicaragua, Mr. Ahlers’ practice and broader interest in the region led to his service as the Chair of the City Bar’s Inter-American Affairs Committee, through which he deepened his involvement with the Vance Center.  Since then, he has served on the Vance Center Committee and participated actively in a number of its pro bono projects and other initiatives, including the 2015 Legal Summit of the Americas.  Mr. Ahlers is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves on the Board of Directors of Global Kids, an educational charity promoting youth development and global awareness. He has been recognized for his M&A and corporate work by The American Lawyer, Chambers (Global, USA and Latin America), The Legal 500, Law360 and M&A Advisor.  He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and A.B. from Harvard College.

Law Firm Members

Meriam Al-Rashid Dentons LLP

Maurice Blanco Davis Polk & Wardwell

Rachel Brandenburger Hogan Lovells

Randy A. Bullard Greenberg Traurig

Hunter Carter Arent Fox

Emeka Chinwuba Baker McKenzie

Carrie Cohen Morrison & Foerster

Robert Cusumano Legal Horizons Foundation

Ikenna Emehelu Norton Rose Fulbright

Michael L. Fitzgerald Paul Hastings

David Flechner Shearman & Sterling

Rubén Kraiem Covington & Burling

Dietmar W. Prager Debevoise & Plimpton

Richard L. Levine Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Marcia T. Maack Mayer Brown

Taisa Markus White & Case

Carlos Martinez Proskauer Rose

Viren Mascahrenas King & Spalding

Theodore V. H Mayer Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Lorraine McGowen Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Patricia Menendez-Cambo

Christopher Morvillo Clifford Chance

Marcelo A. Mottesi Milbank, Tweed Hadley & McCloy

Vijaya Palaniswamy Linklaters

Julissa Reynoso Winston & Strawn

Veronica Rodriguez Paul Hastings

Paul T. Schnell Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Sabrena Silver White & Case

Ruti Smithline Morrison & Foerster

Jaime Trujillo Caicedo Baker Mckenzie

Michael J. Volkovitsch Cleary Gottlieb

Janet Whittaker Clifford Chance

Timothy Wilkins Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Corporate Counsel

David E. McCraw The New York Times Company

David J. Sorkin Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Eruch P.Nowrojee The Carlyle Group

Emeritus Members

Michael A. Cooper Sullivan & Cromwell

Evan A. Davis Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Public Service Members

Hon. George B. Daniels U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Elsie N. Vance


Roger Maldonado President, New York City Bar

Bret Parker Executive Director, New York City Bar

International Council

The Vance Center benefits from the wisdom of many legal practitioners and scholars worldwide. The International Council provides cutting edge guidance and unparalleled contacts throughout the legal profession, the United Nations and other international systems, and academia. We are enormously grateful for the service of these world-class experts.

  • Hon. Louise Arbor

    Hon. Louise Arbor

    Former President & CEO of the International Crisis Group (2009 – present)

    From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Arbour served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She previously served for five years on the Supreme Court of Canada.

    In 1996, the UN Security Council appointed Ms. Arbour as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, where she served for three years.

    Ms. Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1987, and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, as commissioner of an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, she produced a report that accelerated the move towards modern institutions specifically designed to meet the security and programming needs of women inmates.

    In 2009, Ms. Arbour became a member of the Advisory Board for the 2011 World Bank Development Report: ‘Conflict, Security and Development; in 2010, she joined the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security; and in April 2011, became a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

    The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

  • Hon. Hans Corell

    Hon. Hans Corell

    Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations (1994 – 2004)

    From 1962 to 1972, Hans Corell served in the Swedish judiciary. In 1972, he joinedthe Ministry of Justice where he became Director of the Division for Administrativeand Constitutional Law in 1979. In 1981, he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of the Ministry. He was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994.

    Since his retirement from public service in 2004, Ambassador Corell has been engaged with many different organiza tions in the legal field: the International Bar Association, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University and the Hague Institute for the Internalisation of Law. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden.


  • Hon. Richard J. Goldstone

    Hon. Richard J. Goldstone

    Former Justice South Africa Constitutional Court (1994-2003)

    From 1994 to 1996, Judge Goldstone served as the chief prosecutor of the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

    From 1999 to 2001, he was the chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo. In 2004, the secretary-general of the United Nations appointed Goldstone to the independent committee to investigate the Iraqi oil-for-food programme (the Volcker Committee). In 2009 he led the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Gaza. From 1995 to 2007, he served as the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand. He chairs the advisory boards of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Brandeis University Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. He is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

  • Hon. Juan E. Mendez

    Hon. Juan E. Mendez

    Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (From November 2010)

    Professor Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at the American University – Washington College of Law and the author (with Marjory Wentworth) of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). In 2009 and 2010 he was an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

    Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ) and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York.  Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, Professor Méndez served as Special Advisor to the Honorable Kofi Annan on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.

Nyc Bar Association

A Message from New York City Bar Association Executive Director and President:

  • Bret I. Parker

    Executive Director, New York City Bar Association
    Bret I. Parker
    Executive Director, New York City Bar Association

    The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice was founded in 2003 to honor the memory of Cyrus R. Vance, a past president of the New York City Bar Association (1974-1976) and former U.S. Secretary of State, and gives continuing substance to his conviction that lawyers have an ethical obligation to play an active role in the promotion of peace, democracy, and social justice.

    The Vance Center collaborates with committees of the Bar Association on complex pro bono projects, international delegations and push events. The Vance Center has been key in transporting the best ideas and practices of the Bar Association, especially the very concept of pro bono legal services, around the globe.

  • Roger Maldonado

    President, New York City Bar Association
    Roger Maldonado
    President, New York City Bar Association

    Having become president of the bar association in May 2018, I already have joined in several Vance Center programs and have been impressed with the scope and substance of its work.  I’ve met corporate lawyers from all over Latin America committed to pro bono representation as signatories of the Vance Center’s Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas.  I’m involved with a September 2018 conference in Colombia on global solutions to the problems of incarcerated women.  The Vance Center, along with the bar association’s many international committees, fulfills the association’s long-standing and active commitment to engaging with our skills and values all over the world on behalf of the rule of law, fundamental human rights, and access to justice.