UPEACE-HRC Core Team

Mihir Kanade

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is also the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to human rights and international law. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso XI El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). He has a LL.B from Nagpur University (India) and a Masters degree and PhD from UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for six years as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court and in the Supreme Court of India, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations.

Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo

Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo (Venezuela) is the Faculty Chair of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and the Dean for International Cooperation at UPEACE. He is also an Associate Professor of International Law at the Universidad Central de  Venezuela in Caracas since 1998 and Professor of Humanitarian International Law at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota since 2009.  He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Washington College of Law at the American University in 2008-2009. He served as Jurist to the  Regional Delegation of Venezuela and the Caribbean of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).   Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo has  a Law Degree, Master in International Law and Doctorate from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and a Master Degree from  Oxford University, UK.

Ana Cristina Vasquez

Ana Cristina Vasquez (Costa Rica) is a Research Associate at the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. She has a Master degree in International Law and Human Rights from UPEACE. She is also an anthropologist by education and has extensive experience in civil society movements for promotion of human rights and human security in Costa Rica.

Our team also comprises about 8 Researchers and 15 interns who are based in  5 continents.