Juan Carlos Portilla

Juan Carlos Portilla is a Visiting Scholar at Boston College Law School. He is representing before the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations two students of the Venezuelan political opposition, who are victims of unlawful detention in Caracas. He previously worked for the government of Colombia. He is a lawyer from the Sabana University School of Law, Colombia, and holds a LL.M. in International Law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Fletcher Forum articles by Juan Carlos Portilla:


The Venezuelan Paradox

October 9, 2014 by Juan Carlos Portilla
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Even while Venezuela currently seeks a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, its government continues to repress the rights of its citizens and detain members of the political opposition. Such human rights abuses constitute behavior that should bar Venezuela from a Security Council seat.

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Prosecuting Bashar Al-Assad: Can The International Criminal Court Exercise Jurisdiction Over Syria?

September 26, 2013 by Juan Carlos Portilla
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Prosecuting and punishing the perpetrators of the chemical weapons attack in Syria through the ICC is easier said than done.

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The Syrian Conflict Through The Lens Of International Law

August 1, 2013 by Juan Carlos Portilla
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Western leaders should ensure that any retaliatory action they take in Syria is within the bounds of international law.

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