Sonia Rubio Padilla

Senior Program Officer

Sonia Rubio Padilla is a lawyer and human rights defender of Salvadoran-Mexican dual nationality. She joined the DPLF team in June 2018 to work in the El Salvador project. Throughout her 15-year career, she has worked in various national and international human rights organs, in Salvadoran public institutions, and in national and international universities.

She completed her studies in Judicial Sciences at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador. She also received a Master’s in Democracy and Good Government from the University of Salamanca (USAL) and a postgraduate degree specializing in Human Rights and Democratization Processes from the University of Chile and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Currently, she is a doctoral candidate for Rule of Law and Global Governance at USAL, with her doctoral thesis titled “The Professionalization of High Courts on Latin America: A Comparative Study of Models for the Selection of Constitutional Judges in Argentina and El Salvador”.

She is a former UN Youth Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals in 2006, as well as a former intern with the Inter-American Court on Human Rights between 2004 and 2005. She participated as an observer with the Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission during the 2007 Guatemalan elections. In addition, she has been a visiting research fellow for various countries and has been credited as an author in many publications regarding: human rights, transitional justice, judicial policy, comparative politics, judicial selection, punitive populism, electoral systems, and democracy. Lastly, she is a member of the Institute for Iberoamerican Studies at USAL and the World Society of Victimology, as well as various regional and international professional associations.