Dr. Camilo Perez Bustillo
Camilo Pérez-Bustillo is currently a Visiting Professor affiliated with the Department of Government at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces during the 2013-14 academic year, while on sabbatical from his position as a Research Professor of the Graduate Program in Human Rights and the Faculty of Law, Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM) where he has taught since April 2006, and as Coordinator of the Center on Migration and Human Rights based at UACM since 2007. From 1993 to 2002 he was Research Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). He was also a Visiting Researcher (February to May 2013), as part of his sabbatical year, pursuant to a SPIRE (Strategic Programme for International Research and Education) Fellowship at the University of Bergen, Norway, hosted by the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), a project of UNESCO´s International Social Sciences Council, based in Paris. Pérez-Bustillo was appointed a Fellow of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty in 2010. His recent publications include his role as principal translator of Enrique Dussel´s Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion published by Duke University Press in 2013; he also co-edited and co-authored The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty (Zed Books/CROP 2001).
Pérez-Bustillo was also a key organizer of the first International Tribunal of Conscience organized to address violations of the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, and the displaced ("peoples in movement") throughout the world, whose initial sessions were held in Quito, Ecuador and Mexico City in October and November 2010, and is currently co-convener of the Commission on Migration, Refuge, and Forced Displacement of the Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal.
Pérez-Bustillo graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Northeastern University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, in May 1981, was co-founder and co-director of Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META), Inc. a human rights NGO in the U.S. from 1982 to 1993, was the first person of Latin American origin appointed to the W. Haywood Burns Memorial Chair for Civil Rights Law (a 1 year endowed appointment) at the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School during 2002-2003, served as Director of Immigrant and Refugee Rights at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Philadelphia from 2003 to 2005, and participated as professor in CROP´s first international course on human rights and poverty in August 2007.
Pérez-Bustillo is or has been a member of the Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the International Law Association (ILA), of the international organizing committees of the World Social Forum on Migration (held in Quito, Ecuador Oct. 8-12 2010), and of the Global Alternative Forum of Peoples in Movement and its International Tribunal of Conscience (the first of its kind focused on issues affecting migrants, refugees, and the displaced), and has been an advisor on issues regarding issues of human rights and poverty to the UN Human Rights Council. He was named (2010) the first holder of the Emil Bustamante international human rights chair, the first regional human rights chair of this kind, by the Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO).
Pérez-Bustillo has written extensively on global human rights discourse and practices and their historical, philosophical, and ethical origins, and regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, and migrants, refugees, and the displaced ("peoples in movement") in the context of poverty and inequality in both English and Spanish, and lectured regarding these issues throughout the world. This includes books, chapters and articles recently published or in the process of being published in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador in both English and Spanish. He co-edited and co-authored the book The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty (2001) published by Zed Books in the "CROP International Studies in Poverty Research" series that has drawn international attention, and has co-authored 4 other books published in the U.S and Mexico. He has been engaged with CROP´s work on human rights and poverty since 1997