Paz y Miño
Fidel Jaramillo Paz y Miño (Quito, 1982) is an Ecuadorian lawyer specialized in International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice.
Since 2003, Fidel has played an important role in the Ecuadorian process in search of Truth, Justice and Reparations for grave human rights violations. Between 2012 and 2017, he was Director of the Truth and Human Rights Commission of the Attorney General’s Office (DCVDH). From this position, he led seven teams of prosecutors in charge of the investigation and prosecution of cases, for the first time in Ecuador, of crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations committed since the 1980s. These prosecutions have led to the conviction of several police, military, and government officials, setting an important precedent for future prosecutions. He worked directly with the Attorney General of the State and represented the Attorney General’s Office of Ecuador in various international forums, such as the UN, MERCOSUR, UNASUR, among others.
Before being in charge of the DCVDH, and since 2007, Fidel Jaramillo was Senior Investigator at the Truth Commission of Ecuador, where he led the multidisciplinary investigation team that verified the perpetration of crimes against humanity in Ecuador between 1984 and 1988 using diverse sources which include declassified information and interviews with victims and alleged perpetrators.
He drafted the legal framework upon which the Commission relied to apply international standards for crimes against humanity in Ecuador.
Fidel was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2010 and studied at Columbia University in New York, where he earned his master’s degree (LL.M., 2011). His studies focused on the areas of International Human Rights Law (IHRL), International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice, and he was awarded the Parker School of International and Comparative Law Diploma. He obtained his law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) in 2008, studies that also focused on IHRL as well as International Law.
Fidel Jaramillo has taught several courses at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador headquarters, including the International Criminal Law module between 2013 and 2017. In recent years, he has been a speaker at seminars and conferences at the University of Valencia, University of Jaén, among others.
Currently, and since 2017, Fidel is conducting his doctoral research on “Ecocide as an international crime”, at the Faculty of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid.