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. He carries out research, advocacy, and outreach activities on human rights violations related to extractive and infrastructure megaprojects, and the international responsibilities of nations involved in these issues. 

Daniel has a Masters in International Law with Honors from Georgetown University (USA) and has a Masters Degree in 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. From January 2006 to January 2014, he worked as a lawyer for eight years at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where he worked with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the Protection Division (responsible for handling precautionary measures mechanisms), the Executive Secretariat Division responsible for contentious cases, and monitoring the human rights situation in Bolivia and Peru. From 2012 to 2013, he formed part of the team responsible for extending technical advice to IACHR members during an internal reform process concerning the commission's rules and institutional processes. 

Cequiero has been an invited professor for graduate and post-graduate courses at various universities across Latin America. 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. He has published articles and op-eds on international relations, international public rights, and international human rights.