Verónica Hinestroza Arenas

Verónica Hinestroza Arenas is an independent consultant and advisor with over 22 years of experience in international human rights law. Her primary focus is on documenting and investigating grave human rights violations, particularly torture and ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary killings. Her strength is bridging the gap between international human rights law and standards and criminal law at the domestic level.

Shortlisted for the UN Special Rapporteur mandate on torture in 2022, Verónica integrated the Steering Committee that developed the Méndez Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering, chaired the Committee on Purposes and Principles of the Esperanza Protocol on Threats Against Human Rights Defenders, and served on the Working Group updating the Istanbul Protocol: UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

She has led training programs for legal professionals and others across multiple continents and is a certified Justice Rapid Response Expert.

Verónica holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law (Essex), an MA in Politics of Alternative Development (ISS), and a BA in Government and International Relations (Externado de Colombia).


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