Javier Velásquez Valenzuela

Javier is a lecturer at the Universidad de la Frontera in Chile and previously worked for the Chilean Prosecution Service, where he specialized in investigating violent offences. He co-edited, the book Estudios Interdisciplinarios para investigar las violaciones a los derechos humanos por armas
menos letales
(Interdisciplinary research studies for the investigation of human rights violations committed with less lethal weapons).

He is currently a member of the Centro de Estudios y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de la Frontera and was previously director of the Human Rights Centre of the Universidad Católica de Temuco and their Department of International Relations.

His research has focused on the use of less lethal weapons in South America, particularly the use of kinetic impact projectiles and police regulations on the use of force.

Javier holds a PhD in Criminology (University of Glasgow); a Masters in Criminal Law (joint programme of Universidad de Talca, Chile, and Universidad Pompeu Fabra ,Spain), a Law degree (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and an Advocate title (Chilean Supreme Court).