“Claudia is a tireless advocate for environmental law and sustainability in the Americas. Our collaborative partnerships always had impact on the ground. She is very passionate about helping the people in the region to a brighter future, extremely competent and pursues her goals with great resolve”. Arnold Kreilhuber
Acting Director, Law Division, UN Environment Programme
International lawyer and expert in political sciences, from the Dominican Republic. Visiting Scholar at The Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Almost two-decade career in the Organization of American States (OAS) -Department of Sustainable Development and Secretariat for Multidimensional Security-. Has directed multiple initiatives on environmental law and its links to public policies, the rule of law, human rights, investment, conflict prevention, security, gender perspective and the rights based approach in the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals among others. Has advised and participated in countless political and negotiation processes in the multilateral and hemispheric sphere. Led joint efforts with the executive, legislative and judicial branches in addressing the challenges to environmental security and justice, having made significant contributions to the legislation, enforcement and compliance and jurisprudence of the Latin America in this field. Graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Master's Degree in International Legal Studies from the American University Law School and Certificate in Negotiations from the Harvard University School of Law. Before joining the OAS in 2001, practiced corporate law, in the firm Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández. Judicial interpreter of the Court of First Instance of Santo Domingo, a member of the group of experts in environmental law of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America, member of the group of experts of UN Environment on crimes that have serious impacts on the environment and the Steering Committee of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law, Keynote speaker in national and international forums, addressing heads of state, ministers, parliamentarians, judges among other high authorities.
Key Areas of Expertise: Environmental rule of law and justice, public policy, UN and Inter-American System, human rights, trade, investment and environment, conflict resolution and sustainability diplomacy.
Skills: Regional leadership, strategic communication and planning, political processes. Negotiation, empathy, culture and diversity awareness.
Languages: Spanish and English (bilingual), French and Portuguese (basic-intermediate).