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Camilo Perez-Bustillo

Research Fellow of Law

School of Law



Camilo Perez-Bustillo is director of research, advocacy and leadership development at the Hope Border Institute, based in the US-Mexico border region in El Paso, Texas. He is also a Fellow of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), a project of UNESCO's International Social Sciences Research Council based at the University of Bergen in Norway; a Research Associate with the program on poverty and migration at FLACSO in Guatemala; and coordinator of the secretariat of the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement (ITCPM), based in Mexico City. He served as the first Executive Director of the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center. He is co-author with Karla Hernández Mares of Human Rights, Hegemony and Utopia in Latin America: Poverty, Forced Migration and Resistance in Mexico and Colombia was published by Brill in 2016 and is now available in paperback from Haymarket Books, see: He is of Colombian origin and has lived in Mexico as a human rights scholar and advocate for over 20 years.

Terminal Degree

J.D. Northeastern University Law School, 1981

Professional Activities

Coordinator, Border Human Rights Documentation Project, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 2014-2016
Member, International Committee of the World Social Forum on Migration, 2008-2011
Appointed to "Emil Bustamante" regional human rights chair, CLACSO, 2010
Appointed to W. Haywood Burns Memorial Chair in Civil Rights Law, City University of New York (CUNY) Law School, 2002-2003

Selected Publications


Human Rights, Hegemony and Utopia in Latin America: Case studies of forced migration, poverty, and resistance in Mexico and Colombia by Camilo Perez-Bustillo and Karla Hernandez Mares (2016, Brill/Haymarket)

Ethics of Liberation in the Age of Globalization and Exclusion by Enrique Dussel (principal translator) (Duke University Press, 2013)

Los pueblos en movimiento (editor, compilation of working papers related to initial phase of migrant rights cases and issues within the framework of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal process in Mexico) (Regional Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Mexico City, 2012)

Ningún ser humano es ilegal (editor, compilation of documents from the first phase of the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement, sessions held in Quito, Ecuador and Mexico City) (Regional Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Mexico City, 2011)

The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty, edited by Willem van Genugten and Camilo Pérez Bustillo ( Zed Books/CROP, 2001) (compiling selected papers from international seminars in Chile and México)

Internet y el Derecho en México, by Gabriela Barrios Garrido, Marcia Muñoz de Alba, and Camilo Pérez Bustillo (McGraw Hill/Interamericana, 1998)

Global Perspectives, by Rafael Villa and Camilo Perez Bustillo (ITESM, 1996)

The Blood that Keeps Singing/La sangre que sigue cantando, Selected Poetry by Clemente Soto Vélez, translated into English by Martín Espada and Camilo Pérez Bustillo (Curbstone Press,1991)

Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover´s Hands/Rebelion es el giro de manos del amante, poetry by Martín Espada, translated into Spanish by the poet and by Camilo Pérez Bustillo (Curbstone Press, 1990)

Chapters and Articles

"The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Substantive Aspects of the Right to Development and to a Dignified Life- Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Dimensions":

Co-author with Jessie Hohmann of chapter 17 in forthcoming book:

“Human Rights from Below and International Poverty Law: Comparative Aspects of the Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and their Lessons for Latin America and Mexico” by Camilo Pérez-Bustillo in Sabah Alnasseri (ed.) Arab Revolutions and Beyond: The Middle East and Reverberations in the Americas (August 2016, Palgrave MacMillan)

“International Poverty Law and Human Rights From Below: Latin American case studies regarding the affirmation of the right to health of indigenous peoples, migrants, and the displaced” by Camilo Perez-Bustillo in Protecting the Health of the Poor: Social Movements in the South, edited by Abraar Karen and Geeta Sodhi (2016, Zed Books/CROP)

“’The World is a Ghetto’: Comparative aspects of poverty, inequality, racism, and human rights from below, in Mexico and Latin America” by Camilo Perez-Bustillo in Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries: Policy Achievements, Political Obstacles, edited by Einar Braathen, Julian May, and Gemma Wright (2016, Zed Books/CROP)

“Tribunal Finds Mexico and US Jointly Responsible for Human Rights Crisis Linked to Drug War” by Camilo Pérez-Bustillo and Azadeh Shahshahani (December 2015): and:

“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Substantive Aspects of the Right to a Dignified Life: Case studies from the Inter-American Court and the World Bank” by Camilo Perez-Bustillo, Spring 2015 in Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review, United Kingdom:

“Migración infantil, desplazamiento forzado, violencia estructural, conflicto y derechos humanos: marcos comparativos e implicaciones para Colombia y México, y sus contextos regionales¨ by Camilo Pérez-Bustillo, Spring 2015 (chapter in compilation of papers presented at international symposium that I participated in, held in Bogotá, Colombia at the Universidad Nacional in June, 2014)

“The Counter-Hegemonic Origins and Potential of Human Rights: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the World Bank as a Case Study” by Camilo Perez-Bustillo, chapter in Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in International Law: Emergence and Application (book in honor of Abjorn Eide at 80) (Galdu/IWGIA, 2015):

“San Fernando Migrant Massacre: How U.S Mexican, and Latin American Governments Share Responsibility” by Camilo Perez-Bustillo and Azadeh Shahshahani (October 2014), and

“Heart of Hunger: Martin Espada and the Poetry of Liberation” in Acknowledged Legislator: Critical Essays on the Poetry of Martin Espada, edited by Edward J. Carvalho (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014)

“New Directions in International Poverty Law: The UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights” (March 2014)

“Mexican Standoff” (journal article) by Camilo Pérez-Bustillo in Socialist Lawyer (London, UK, June 2013)

“Todos los derechos para todas y todos: aportes e implicaciones iniciales de la Ley de Interculturalidad, Atención a Migrantes, y Movilidad Humana del Distrito Federal”, by Camilo Pérez Bustillo, chapter in book entitled La Ley de Interculturalidad, Atención a Migrantes, y Movilidad Humana del Distrito Federal, Maria Rosa Márquez (ed.) (SEDEREC, Mexico City 2011)

“Ningún ser humano es ilegal: Migración, derechos humanos, y el derecho a tener derechos”, by Camilo Pérez Bustillo, chapter in book entitled Balance de los derechos humanos en el ´sexenio del cambio´, Enrique González Ruiz, ed. (UACM/PRD 2009)

“Human Rights from Below: Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Human Rights” by Camilo Pérez-Bustillo in May 2008 issue of the Newsletter of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

“Los pueblos en movimiento: encuentros y desencuentros entre la migración y los derechos humanos” by Camilo Pérez Bustillo in April 2008 issue of the monthly journal Revista DFensor published by Mexico City´s Human Rights Commission (Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal, CDHDF) =101&Itemid=357

“El derecho a tener derechos, la pobreza de derechos, y el derecho internacional de los pobres” by Camilo Pérez Bustillo in Diálogos sobre pobreza y derechos humanos, Marcel Arévalo (editor), (Serie debates y propuestas sobre la pobreza No. 4, FLACSO-Guatemala/Asdi/Action Aid 2007);

“The Right to Have Rights” by Camilo Pérez Bustillo, Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, Issue Number 5, 2005, International Justice Symposium, Central Missouri State University

“Por la promoción y expansión del paradigma internacional de los derechos humanos” in book entitled Migraciones: Reflecciones y Propuestas de la Sociedad Civil, Martha Cecilia Ruiz (ed.), Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes” (CSMM, Quito, Ecuador, 2005)

“The Emerging International Architecture of Indigenous Rights: The Interaction between Global, Regional, and National Dimensions” by Willem van Genugten and Camilo Perez Bustillo, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 11: 379-409, December 2004;

“Letting the Victims Decide: The Pinochet Case and Its Implications for Human Rights and Poverty” by Camilo Pérez Bustillo in Law and Poverty: The Legal System and Poverty Reduction, edited by Asbjorn Kjonstad, Peter Robson, and Lucy Williams (Zed Books/Comparative Research Programme on Poverty-CROP, 2003);

“Towards International Poverty Law: The World Bank, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America” by Camilo Pérez Bustillo in The World Bank, IMF, and Human Rights, edited by Willem van Genugten, Paul Hunt, and Susan Mathews (Wolf Legal Publishers, 2003);

"'The Right to Have Rights': Poverty, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, and State Power" by Camilo Perez Bustillo in Poverty Reduction: What Role for the State in Today´s Globalised Economy?; edited by Francis Wilson,Nazneen Kanji, and Einar Braathen (Zed Books/CROP/New Africa Education Publishing, NAEP, 2001)

“An Army of Ideas: Poverty, Human Rights, and Civil Society in the Zapatista Rebellion of Mexico” by Camilo Perez Bustillo in Poverty and the Law; edited by Asbjorn Kjonstad and Peter Robson (Hart Publishing, 2001);

“Human Rights, Poverty, and Indigenous Peoples´ Struggles in the Americas: New Directions and Case Studies from Colombia, Guatemala,Mexico and Nicaragua” by Camilo Perez Bustillo in The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty; edited by Willem van Genugten and Camilo Perez Bustillo ( Zed Books/CROP, 2001)

“The UNDP and the Origins and History of Human Rights” in “Human Rights and Human Development: Seven Commentaries on the Human Development Report 2000” in the Newsletter of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) (December 2000):