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Ms. Cecilia Bailliet

Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity

Cecilia M. Bailliet

Cecilia M. Bailliet was appointed by the Human Rights Council as Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity in October 2023. Ms. Bailliet is Professor Dr. jur, Director of the Masters Program in International Law at the University of Oslo in Norway. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a combined J.D./M.A. (honours) degree from The George Washington University Law School and Elliott School of International Affairs (U.S.A). She received her Doctorate in law from the University of Oslo in Norway. Ms. Bailliet has published extensively on transnational and cross-disciplinary issues within international law including general public international law, human rights, refugee law, constitutional law, counter-terrorism, gender/women's rights, solidarity and peace. She has contributed lectures to the United Nations AudioVisual Library of International Law. Ms. Bailliet was the Chair of an expert advisory group who offered advice to the Independent Expert on the Right to International Solidarity in 2022 on revisions to the draft declaration on the right to international solidarity. She was elected Co-Chair of the Latin America Interest Group of the American Society of International Law in 2023.

She has served as consultant to national and international organizations, and her research has been the basis for the creation of guidelines in various institutions. At the University of Oslo, she created the courses "Refugee and Asylum Law" and "The International Law of Peace" and is in charge of the Masters Level courses on "Public International Law" and "Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism" at the Law Faculty. Ms. Bailliet is a member of the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal. She was a Visiting Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo in 2017 and she was a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica between July 2018 and July 2019. She has given lectures in different countries, including Cambridge University, UCL, Kings War College, University of Caen Normandy, University of Leuven, Stockholm University, ICOURTS in Denmark, Rutgers University, the Center of International Law (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), the University of Denver, University of Notre Dame, Loyola Law School in Chicago, and New York University. Ms. Bailliet is the author of the following recent publications: Research Handbook on International Solidarity and the Law ( (2024); The Construction of the Customary Law of Peace ( (2021); and Research Handbook on International Law and Peace ( (2020)