Daniel Cerqueira

Program Director

Daniel Cerqueira is a Brazilian lawyer that joined the DPLF team in January of 2014 to work on our Human Rights and Natural Resources Program. As Senior Program Officer of our Human Rights and Extractive Industries Program, Daniel carries out research, advocacy, and outreach activities on human rights violations related to extractive activities and the international responsibilities of nations involved in this industry. Daniel also assists our Executive Director in monitoring deliberations at the OAS and civil society discussions concerned with the functioning of the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Daniel has a Masters in International Law with Honors from Georgetown University (USA) and is currently completing a Masters Degree with the Global Rights and Constitutional Democracy Program at the Universitá degli Studi di Genova in Italy. He obtained his law degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Before joining DPLF, he worked for 8 years as a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) where he worked with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the Protection Division and the Andean II (Bolivia and Peru) Regional Section. Daniel was also part of the team responsible for extending technical advice to the Commissioners during the IACHR’s 2012-2013 reform process. He has given presentations and trainings on various issues related to the Inter-American Human Rights System to judicial officials, indigenous groups, human rights defenders and academics. Daniel has also written articles and opinion columns on international relations, international public rights, and international human rights.