Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni has the days counted in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ( I / A Court HR). This is how Infobae learned from sources linked to the Government, who specified that it is decided that the lawyer does not renew the mandate representing Argentina in the maximum international criminal justice based in The Hague. His period in that position expires next April.
Just a few weeks ago, Zaffaroni was denounced by the deputy Elisa “Lilita” Carrió and the members of her space in the Civic Coalition. There “Lilita” requested the impeachment of Zaffaron i, for having signed a request entitled “With Lawfare no There is democracy ” where the pardon was requested for the former vice president Amado Boudou , after the Court Supreme Justice will ratify his sentence for corruption to five years and eight months in the Ciccone case.
Boudou’s defense plans to go to international courts and, In the opinion of Carrió’s deputies, the judge “is influencing his colleagues on the Inter-American Court.” Boudou and Zaffaroni’s friendship is not new. In fact, the then vice president was pictured with the then judge at 2013 on a birthday together. And in 2019, Zaffaroni had presented himself as “amicus curae” in the Ciccone case.
It is not the first time that the role of the criminal prosecutor in the Inter-American Court has been questioned. The former Minister of Justice of the macrismo Germán Garavano had asked that court that Zaffaroni not comment on a ruling on the impeachment of the presidents of the region. It was after Zaffaroni publicly said that wanted the government of Mauricio Macri to “leave before” power without fulfilling his mandate.
It is that, for years, Zaffaroni has not hidden his support for Vice President Cristina Kirchner, defends her from the criminal proceedings against her and, at this time, demands an extension of the Supreme Court of Justice, in line with the official intentions.
Zaffaroni had a few weeks 81 years ago . He celebrated it by zooming with greetings from the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, the Jujuy leader Milagro Sala and the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales – whom he legally advised after the coup in 2019 -. But the Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, the auditors of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), Cristina Caamaño; and the Penitentiary Service, María Laura Garrigós ; the Cassation chambermaids Alejandro Slokar and Ana María Figueroa, the defender general Stella Maris Martínez and the former attorney general Alejandra Gils Carbó.
Zaffaroni served as Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation between 2003 and 2014 and withdrew upon meeting 75 years to fulfill the constitutional mandate that establishes that age limit. To the position in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, he arrived in 2015 at the proposal of the government of Cristina Kirchner for the period 2016 – 2022. His name was already recognized internationally where his works on criminology and his doctorates “honoris causa” stand out in more than 30 Latin American universities.
But now, after four years as a member of the Inter-American Court, his mandate expires in April. And in official sources it transpired that the Government will not insist on running for him. On whether this was a decision by the jurist himself or by the Casa Rosada, several versions emerged, but none were confirmed. However, names to replace him have already begun to circulate.
As he learned Infobae, Among the candidates mentioned is the lawyer Verónica Gómez, director of Research, Teaching and Communication of the International Center for Political Studies of the National University of San Martín and who was a legal advisor at the Center for Justice and International Law. Among her scrolls, she appears to have been president of the Global Campus on Human Rights – an initiative that brings together universities and study centers from around the world – and to have served as Principal Specialist in the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She also worked as an advisor to the General Directorate of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Commerce and Worship of the Republic of Argentina in the Kichnerism.
The second The candidate mentioned is the lawyer Fabián Salvioli, professor of human rights with a doctorate in Legal Sciences and a Master’s degree in International Relations. He is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition since 2018.
As highlighted, Salvioli is a professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Law School of the University of La Plata, where he is also Director of the Master in Human Rights and Director of the Institute of Human Rights. He was a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights between 2009 and 2016, and as a lawyer, he has litigated in cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In this position, he presented the first amicus curiae brief on the right to the truth before the Inter-American Court.
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