Menu

Guide to the Juan E. Méndez Papers, 1980-2017 and undated

Summary

Juan E. Méndez is a lawyer and human rights activist who is the former president of the International Center for Transitional Justice. This collection contains a portion of his writings, conference materials, subject and research files, and materials documenting his work with ICTJ and the United Nations, where he served as the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11330
Title
Juan E. Méndez papers
Date
1980-2017
Creator
Méndez, Juan E.
Extent
13 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Majority of the materials are in English; a portion of the materials are in Spanish.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of materials documenting Méndez's work with the United Nations and ICTJ (2004-2015), as well as a small representative of his overall writings and professional engagements (dating approximately 2005-2012). Méndez's policy work as the UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture represent the bulk of the collection. There is a smaller amount of administrative and event-related materials documenting his work while president of the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as a selection of files from his various speaking engagements, consultancies, and leadership roles as a global expert on transitional justice, torture, and genocide.

The papers have been arranged into series. The first series, Americas Watch, consists of reports produced while Méndez was an executive director in that organization.

The series for the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide includes administrative correspondence, materials exploring the mandate of the office (and its limitations), Advisory Committee files, UN meeting notes and agendas from Méndez's communications with various country officials, itineraries from various country visits (including Sudan/Darfur and Rwanda), and subject files. The series includes a substantial amount of materials documenting the UN's approach to the Darfur crisis, including policy statements, reports from the Sudan government, research, and visits to the region by Méndez and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Méndez's files from his role as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment and Punishment also contain subject and country files, administrative and conference notes about meetings with various UN officials and NGOs, a selection of files about specific legal cases Méndez was involved in as the SRT, and documentation about assorted country visits and missions. There is a small amount of material relating to United States' policies on solitary confinement, as well as materials about the WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning case.

Méndez's ICTJ files are largely miscellaneous; some relate to the group's organization and leadership, and others regard his role as a public figure for that organization.

The Writings series is far from complete; it includes a portion of Méndez's many journal articles and publications, as well as some more recent correspondence and outlines from his work on his autobiography.

The Lectures, Teaching, Consultancies, and Leadership Roles documents Méndez's many roles outside of the UN and ICTJ, revealing his professional engagement and service as an expert in genocide, torture, and transitional justice. These files tend to relate to specific events, human rights consultations, and conferences Méndez participated in during the early 2010s.

More Biographical / Historical Info

Using These Materials

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 2 full business days in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access to the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Original digital and electronic materials are closed to use. Contact Research Services in advance to request access to these materials.

warning Use & Permissions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

More copyright and citation information

How to Cite

[Identification of item], Juan E. Méndez Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Human Rights Watch, 1988-1991

The name of the organization changed in the 1990s from Americas Watch to Human Rights Watch.

Messengers of Death: Human Rights in Guatemala, 1988-1990

Report

Box 1
Truth and Partial Justice in Argentina, 1991, 2001

Report (3 copies; 1 in Czech, 2001)

Box 1
Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 2004

2001 treaty information (printed 2004)

Box 1
Office of the Secretary General (OSG) mandate and budget for the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG), 2004 June-Aug.
Box 1
Mendez's appointment, congratulatory letters, 2004
Box 1
OSG extensions of appointment, support of the OSAPG, 2004-2007
Box 1
Understanding/brainstorming/"operationalizing" the mandate of the OSAPG, 2004 Aug.-Sept.
Box 1
Genocide Advisory Group, 2004 Dec.

Meeting

Box 1
Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, 2005-2007
(5 folders)

Meetings, correspondence, notes, follow-up. Group formed and chaired by David Hamburg.

Box 1
UN meetings with various country representatives, New York, 2007 Jan.-Feb.
Box 1
UN Association of the USA: "Building Partnerships with Civil Society", 2005 May-Jul.
Box 1
Proposed OSAPG budget, 2005
Box 1
UN Reform: "American Interests and UN Reform: Report of the Task Force on the UN," draft, 2005
Box 1
UN Reform: "Outcome document" responses, 2005
Box 1
Policy Committee, OSAPG: Darfur contingency planning, 2006
Box 1
Policy Committee, OSAPG: Meetings, 2006-2007
Box 1
Policy Committee, OSAPG: "Responsibility to Protect" draft submissions, undated
Box 1
UN Peace and Security Council meetings, 2005-2006
Box 1
UN Executive Committee for Peace and Security meetings and reports, 2005-2007
Box 1
"What Role for the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide?" report, 2007 Apr.

Draft report by W.G. O'Neill for the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada

Box 1
"Developing a Strategy, Methods, and Tools for Genocide Early Warning" report, undated

Report to OSAPG by L. Woocher, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University.

Box 1
"Study on International Standards Relating to Incitement to Genocide or Racial Hatred" report, 2006

Report by T. Mendel for the OSAPG.

Box 1
Genocide Intervention Fund strategic plan, 2005-2006
Box 1
UN Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs, 2006

Meetings

Box 1
UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) research/resources on national institutions, administration, 2004 and undated
Box 1
Human Rights Council session, 2006 Nov. 29
Box 1
Meeting with Secretary General Designate Ban Ki-Moon, 2006 Dec. 21
Box 1
Engagements/invitations (general), 2004-2006
Box 1
Consultation with the U.S. government, 2004 Aug.
Box 1
Open Society Justice Initiative forum on Darfur, 2004 Oct.
Box 1
World Federalist Movement Conference, New York, 2004 Oct. 15
Box 1
ICC-UN Joint Introduction Workshop, 2005 Jul.
Box 1
"The UN and the Prevention of Genocide", 2006

Lectures by Mendez in London and Toronto

Box 1
US Holocaust Museum Committee of Conscience presentation, 2006 Feb. 6-7
Box 1
FCO/DfiD meetings, London, 2006 Jun.
Box 1
International Humanitarian Law, Cranfield University course, 2006 Jul.
Box 1
Trip to Ottowa, Canada, 2006 Nov.
Box 1
"Stopping Mass Atrocities"/Responsibility to Protect, Berkeley, 2007 Mar.
Box 1
International Association of Genocide Scholars conference, Bosnia, 2007 Jul.
Box 2
"Darfur and Prevention of Genocide," KOFF Swisspeace seminar speech, 2007 Sept. 7
Box 2
"Responsibility to Protect," International Bar Assoc., Madrid, 2009 Oct.
Box 2
Conflict prevention, 2001-2004

Resources, etc.

Box 2
Genocide, 2000s
Box 2
"Possible Warning Signs that Might Lead to Genocide," draft, undated
Box 2
Armenia: "Ultimate Crime, Ultimate Challenge: Human Rights and Genocide," conference in Armenia, 2005 Apr. 20
Box 2
Armenia background research, 1996-2002 and undated

Some reports prepared for ICTJ.

Box 2
Burma/Myanmar notes, 2006 and undated
Box 2
Burma/Myanmar research and notes re: Karen people, 2005
Box 2
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), 2004-2006
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan, 2004

Committee meetings, statements, notes, supplemental materials

Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: International Commission of Inquiry, 2004
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights re: human rights in Darfur, 2004 May
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Mission to Sudan and Darfur with UN HC for HR, 2004 Sept.
(4 folders)

Includes itineraries, background material, map, etc.; also contains Mendez's spiral notebook with notes from the trip and a report: "A General Enlightenment on the Problem of Darfur," prepared by North Darfur Wali's Office in 2004.

Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Detainment of Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, 2005
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Research, press coverage, correspondence, 2004-2005
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Report on visit to Darfur, Sudan, 2005 Sept. 19-26
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Chad and Sudan reports, briefings, conditions, 2005-2006
Box 2
Darfur/Sudan: Reports, cables, workplans, 2005-2006
Box 2
Darfur Task Force notes and reports, 2006-2007
Box 2
Ethiopia, 2005
Box 2
Iraq, 2006
Box 2
Laos: Hmong people, 2006 and undated
Box 2
Nepal, 2005-2006
Box 2
Rwanda: Mission to Rwanda, 2006 Mar.
Box 2
Rwanda: Visit to Rwanda, 2006 Oct.
Box 2
Zimbabwe: Human settlement issues, 2005
Box 2
Correspondence (general), 2010-2015
Box 2
Correspondence re: WikiLeaks, 2012-2015

Includes letter from Julian Assange.

Box 2
Prime Minister's Letter on Inquiry, 2010

Letter on Inquiry

Box 9
Letter to Peter Gibson from Prime Minister David Cameron, 2010

Letter from David Cameron to Peter Gibson regarding inquiry into UK intelligence agencies' participation in the extraordinary rendition of prisoners and suspected terrorists.

Box 9
Ashker vs. CA, 2014

Testimony, expert witness material, trial papers

Box 2
Maldonado and others vs. Chile, undated

Notes, report draft

Box 2
Petition for Writ of Certiorari by Reda al-Najar, 2014

Amicus curiae draft

Box 2
Shoatz vs. Wetzel (PA), 2014

Notes, correspondence

Box 2
Abou El Kassim Britel UNC School of Law briefing, 2014
Box 2
Appeals on behalf of inmates of Florence ADX, 2011
(2 folders)

Urgent appeal on behalf of Zaid Safarini and other inmates at ADX Florence Colorado, USA

Box 8
Muhammed Al-Nashiri v. Barack Obama, 2016

Briefs and statements of fact related to Al-Nashiri case.

Box 8
Kiobell v. Royal Dutch Shell, 2012

Amicus Brief of Professor Juan E. Méndez regarding torture by Royal Dutch Shell

Box 8
Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Canadian Government, 2016

Case related to solitary confinement practices in Canada.

Box 8
Hassan v. UK, 2014

Case of Tarek Hassan vs. the United Kingdom related to torture and disappearance.

Box 8
Mutawakkil v. Wisconsin, 2016

Petition for for supervisory writ and restraining order to prevent torturous force-feeings.

Box 8
Vladimir Hertzog v. Brasil, 2017

Case files of Vladimir Hertzog v. Brazil before the International Court of Human Rights

Box 8
Assorted engagements, 2010-2014

Talking points, notes, outlines

Box 3
"Enhancing Visits to Places of Detention," International Peer-to-Peer Exchange, APT, Washington DC, 2011 Mar. 17
Box 3
APT Global Forum, Geneva, 2011 Nov. 11

Speeches, notes, schedule

Box 3
"Death Penalty: 'Most Serious Crimes,' Complicity, and the Question of Torture," Harvard Law School, 2012 Jun.
Box 3
"New Technologies and Human Rights Monitoring," Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, 2012 Aug.
Box 3
Congreso Internacional sobre tortura�, Buenos Aires, 2013 Jun.
Box 3
"Mental Health in Juvenile Detention: A Preventative and Human Rights-based Approach," Children's Law Center, Belfast, 2014 Mar.
Box 3
Duke Law School, 2014 Sept.
Box 3
Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, UN Association of the National Capital Area, 2014 Dec.
Box 3
IACHR Hearing on Guantanamo, 2013

Material in reference to hearing by Inter-American Comission on Human Rights

Box 7
Association for the Prevention of Torture Board Meeting, 2017

Programs, schedule, and related material from Association for the Prevention of Torture board meeting in Switzerland.

Box 7
Siderman-Fulbright Human Rights Workshop, 2016

Material related to conference at Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles) held on behalf of José Siderman.

Box 7
University of Michigan Visit, 2014

Material related to visit to the University of Michigan.

Box 7
Ohio Northern University Visit, 2017

Material from visit to Ohio Northern University.

Box 7
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2016

Lecture notes, pamphletts, and other materials related to visit to the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law.

Box 7
American University, 2016

Material related to American University visit

Box 7
Fairleigh-Dickinson University, 2013

Material related to Fairleigh-Dickinson University Visit

Box 7
Yale Law School, 2017

Material related to Yale Law School Visit

Box 7
Washington College of Law, 2017

Material related to Washington College of Law Visit

Box 7
General Assembly - New York, 2015

Material related to the presentation and adoption of the Mandela Rules for solitary confinement and imprisonment.

Box 7
APT Global Forum UK, 2011

Contains speech, handwritten notes, and other material related to presentation on inclusive strategies on torture prevention.

Box 7
APT Seminar on Interrogation

Statement by Méndez on interrogation practices for the Association for the Prevention of Torture.

Box 7
U.N. General Assembly, 2016

Material related to Méndez's role at the General Assembly in New York.

Box 7
Copenhagen Seminar, 2016

Correspondence and schedule of events for Copenhagen seminar.

Box 7
Addis Ababa Meeting, 2011-2012

Schedule of events, notes, and program material from Addis Ababa meeting of African Commission on Human Rights.

Box 7
IACHR Meeting, 2014

Material related for Inter-American Commission on Human Rights meeting, October 2014.

Box 7
Brasilia, 2015

Handwritten notes and reports from meeting in Brasilia.

Box 7
NYU Center on International Cooperation, 2015

Material from speaking engagement at NYU.

Box 7
San Juan, Costa Rica, 2016

Material related to speaking engagement in San Juan, Costa Rica.

Box 7
Buenos Aires, UNICEF, 2016

Text of speech, reports, and other material in Spanish from Buenos Aires speaking engagement.

Box 7
Salzburg Cutler Program, 2012

Correspondence and notes from speaking event at Salzburg Cutler Program.

Box 7
San Sebastian, 2016

Handwritten notes, programs, and other material from San Sebastian speaking engagement.

Box 7
ASIL, 2016

Notes and correspondnece from American Society of International Law speakinge event.

Box 7
Misc. Speaking Engagements, 2010-2016

Material from various speaking engagements

Box 7
Gambia, 2013

Schedule of events, travel expenses, notes, and reports from speaking engagement in the Gambia.

Box 7
UK Parliament Speech, 2011

Remarks at All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition, talking points, and other materials.

Box 7
Review of U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, 2013

Discussion paper, handwritten notes, and other material from meeting to review the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

Box 7
Maceio, Brazil, 2017

Travel expenses and other notes from Maceio speaking engagement.

Box 7
Geneva, 2011

Schedule of events for March Human Rights Council Meeting.

Box 7
Geneva, 2011

Schedule of events for Geneva Conference

Box 7
Geneva, 2012
(4 folders)

Event schedules, correspondence, reports, notes, programs, and handwritten notices from annual Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva.

Box 7
Geneva, 2013

Records from meeting, event schedule, programs, and panel material from Geneva meeting.

Box 7
Geneva Meeting, 2015

Notes, event schedule, and correspondence from Geneva meeting.

Box 7
Geneva, 2015
(2 folders)

Notes, event schedules, speeches, programs, and other material from Geneva meeting of Human Rights Council

Box 7
Geneva, 2016

Materials related to the 31st meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Box 7
SP Annual Meeting in Geneva, 2012

Handwritten notes, correspondence, and event schedule from Geneva Meeting

Box 7
London Conference, 2015
(2 folders)

Correspondence, event schedules, reports and other material from London Conference.

Box 7
Children's Law Lecture, 2014

Material related to the Children's Law Centre Annual Lecture, including program, event schedule, and notes.

Box 7
San Jose, Costa Rica - Convention Against Torture Initiative, 2015
(2 folders)

Materials related to Convention Against Torture Initiative held in San Jose, Costa Rica, including handwritten notes, event schedule, programming material, speeches, and reports.

Box 7
Florence, Italy, 2015

Travel information and student roster of Summer School on Human Rights.

Box 7
OSCE Vienna, 2012

Keynote address and correspondence for Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Conference in Vienna.

Box 8
Amnesty International London Meeting, 2010

Material related to the international secretariat of Amnesty International in London, including briefing packets, opening remarks, event schedule, maps, event program, and reports.

Box 8
Convention Against Torture Initiative, 2014

Material related from Convention Against Torture Initiative Forum in Chavannes-de-Bogis, including event schedule, travel documents, notes, and statements.

Box 8
U.N. General Assembly, 2012

Material related to General Assembly meeting including resolutions, statements, handwritten notes, travel arrangements, and event schedule.

Box 8
U.N. General Assembly, 2013

Material related to General Assembly meeting, including talking points, event schedule, handwritten notes, and correspondence.

Box 8
American University International Law Symposium, 2012

Material related to symposium, including handwritten notes, program, and event schedule.

Box 8
American Academy of Forensic Science Workshop, 2011

Includes workshop packet, presentation and speech by Méndez, and material by other presenters.

Box 8
IRCT Meeting, 2011

Includes program for International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), meeting schedule, and packets on preventing torture.

Box 8
Implementation of Mandela Rules - Brazil, 2016

Includes travel information, handwritten notes, correspondence related to travel, packets and information regarding the Nelson Mandela Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, and schedule of events.

Box 8
Torture of Juveniles Expert Consultation, 2014

Includes schedule of events, news releases, U.N. reports, research, presentation draft, and email correspondence.

Box 8
Pakistan Police Torture Webinar, 2014

Includes notes on webinar and material package for participants.

Box 8
Torture in Health Care Experts Meeting, 2012

Includes packets on "When Treatment is Torture: A New Approach to Protecting People with Disabilities Against Improper Medical of Psychiatric Treatment," email correspondence, UN Reports on medical treatment of intersex people, drug treatment, event schedule of meeting, and travel materials.

Box 8
Torture in Health Care Experts Meeting, 2011
(2 folders)

Includes pamphlets, programs, meeting notes, schedule of events, presentations, and research material on the relationship between medicine and torture.

Box 8
Geneva Meeting, 2011

APT Global Forum on the OPCAT Keynote Speech by Juan E. Méndez.

Box 10
Ambassador Porter and Panama, 2015

Report on denial of medical treatment to Ambassador Arthur Porter who is being held in detention in Panama.

Box 8
Argentina Cases, 2010-2016

Reports on torture and mistreatment of prisoners in Argentina.

Box 9
Australia, 2015

Questions for Méndez

Box 9
Bahrain, 2009-2014
(2 folders)

Reports, handwritten notes, travel documents, drafts, and email correspondence regarding various visits to Bahrain.

Box 9
Brazil, 2010-2015
(5 folders)

Reports on torture and prison conditions, handwritten notes, email correspondence, and other material from various visits to Brazil by Méndez.

Box 9
Brazil, 2011
Box 3
Canadian Class Action Cases, 2013-2017

Materials related to case against solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, includes legal briefs, research materials, and appendices containing information about to solitary confinement.

Box 9
Chile: Regional consultation, 2011 Jun. 15-17

Speech, notes, schedule

Box 3
China, 2014-2015
Box 3
Colombia: Visit to Colombia, 2015 Apr.
Box 3
Confronting Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico, 2016

Talking points on systematic torture and crimes against humanity in Mexico for an Open Society Foundation event.

Box 9
Côte d'Ivorie, 2011

Letter from Méndez to ambassador of the Ivory Coast regarding treatment of M. Masile Mahan Gahé.

Box 9
Egypt, undated

Handwritten notes related to Mohammed Sultan, a prisoner on a hunger strike in Egypt.

Box 9
Ethiopia and Yemen, 2015

Advance and unedited versions of the mistreatment of Andargachew Tsege, a British national arrested in Yemen and imprisoned and tortured in Ethiopia.

Box 9
Georgia, 2015
(3 folders)

Materials from 2015 visit to Georgia including handwritten notes, travel material, reports in English and Georgian, and reports on detention, torture, and prisoner treatment.

Box 9
Ghana, 2013-2014
(2 folders)

Reports, handwritten notes, email correspondence, and other material from the U.N. regarding torture and poor treatment of workers and prisoners in Ghana.

Box 9
Indonesia, 2010-2016
(2 folders)

Material from visit to Indonesia including handwritten notes, U.N. reports, and pamphlets from Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations.

Box 9
Iran: Truth commission, 2011
Box 3
Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011
(4 folders)
Box 9
Mauritania, 2016
(2 folders)

Material from visit to Mauritania including handwritten notes, reports filed by U.N., material in Arabic, and travel materials.

Box 9
Mexico: Mission to Mexico, 2014 Apr. 21-May 2
(2 folders)
Box 3
Mexico, 2015-2017
(2 folders)

Materials related to visits to Mexico, includdes travel arrangements, event schedules, handwritten notes, reports, emails, and formal recommendations from the U.N. on torture in Mexico.

Box 9
Morocco, 2010-2012
(2 folders)
Box 9
Observations of the Committee Against Torture - Chile, 2009

Reports in Spanish.

Box 8
Philippines and Balochistan, 2009-2011
Box 8
Reports on Torture in U.S. Prisons, 2011-2012
(2 folders)

Reports, pamphlets, and information packets on torture and inhuman treatement in the United States prison system.

Box 8
Russia: healthcare/drugs, undated
Box 3
Sikhs in India, 2016
Box 8
Spain, 2010

U.N. report on human rights in Spain.

Box 9
Sri Lanka, 2010-2016
(5 folders)
Box 8
Tajikistan, 2012
Box 8
Tajikistan: Report from visit, 2014
Box 3
Tunisia: Mission report draft, 2011
Box 3
Tunisia, 2011

Material from mission to Tunisia, includes handwritten notebooks, travel arrangements, event schedule, reports on Tunisia's treatment of prisoners and torture.

Box 9
United Kingdom: Commission of Inquiry and visit to London with Amnesty International, 2011 Feb.
Box 3
United States: general, 2005-2014
Box 3
United States: Guantanamo Bay, Bradley Manning case, 2011

Visits, correspondence, statements

Box 3
United States: Prisoner letters to Mendez, 2014
Box 3
Uruguay, 2010-2014
(2 folders)
Box 8
Venezuela, 2007-2016
(2 folders)
Box 8
Human Rights Council: Manfred Nowak reports, 2010
Box 3
Special Rapporteurs annual meetings, New York, 2011 Jun.
Box 3
UN General Assembly meetings, New York, 2011, 2014
(2 folders)

Draft statements, agendas, talking points

Box 3
UN SRT meetings, Geneva, 2010-2014
(4 folders)

Notes, schedules, talking points

Box 3
Comision Interameriana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) meetings, 2011
(2 folders)
Box 3
General Information on OHCHR, 2005

Mission statement and other information related to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Box 6
U.N. Human Rights Council Reports, 2010

Reports presented to the Human Rights Council

Box 6
Job Listings, 2009

Job description and request for applications for assisstant to Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Box 6
U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime, 2017

Program from expert group meeting in Vienna, 2017.

Box 6
General Material, 2008-2010

Guidelines, training manuals, facts and figures, information sheets, and other material related to the office of the Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Box 6
Notice of Appointment and Job Information, 2010-2012

Notices of appointment, certificates of achievement, codes of contact, rules, and other administrative information.

Box 6
Text of Convention Against Torture, undated

Official Text of U.N. Convention Against Torture

Box 6
Human Rights Council Reports, 2011-2012

HRC Reports including reports on torture

Box 6
HRC Observation Report, 2012

Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatement or punishment and addendum.

Box 6
Amnesty International Letters, 2010

Letters from Manfred Nowak on behalf of Amnesty International regarding torture and ill-treatment for nations, including China, Equatorial Guinea, Oman, Nigeria, Moldova, Eritrea, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan.

Box 6
Death penalty, 2012

Notes, UN mandate

Box 3
Forensics, 2004-2014
Box 3
"Pro-Bono Project for the UN SRT" Thematic report: The Use of Forensic Science to Document and Prevent Torture, 2014
Box 3
NGOs, 2010-2014

Notes, handouts

Box 3
Solitary confinement, 2011

Notes, UN mandate

Box 3
Solitary confinement (USA), 2010-2014
Box 3
Heartland Alliance, 2011

Heartland Alliance correspondence and information

Box 6
Aero Contractors, 2011
(4 folders)

Correspondence and research material related to Aero Contractors, an aviation firm headquartered in Johnson County, NC which participated in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects abraod.

Box 6
Solitary Confinement, 2012

Report: "Solitary Confinement and its Human Rights Implications"

Box 6
Solitary Confinement, 2016
(2 folders)

Notes, report from Weill Gotshal and Manges LLP

Box 6
Aaron Isby Case, 2006

Aaron Isby letter to Méndez

Box 6
Solitary Confinement, 2012-2017
(7 folders)

Includes material on solitary confinement in California, ACLU briefing papers, TAMMS C-Max, Viktor Bout, and IACHR hearing.

Box 6
Prison rape elimination, 2009

Material and reports on efforts to end prison rape

Box 6
Ojore N. Lutalo, 2010

Material related to imprisonment of Ojore N. Lutalo

Box 6
Mumia Abu-Jamal, 1997

Material related to the imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Box 6
Maryland Legal Aid, 2012

Research material related to Maryland Foster Care system and use of pscyhotropic drugs on foster children.

Box 6
Extraordinary Rendition, 2012-2014

Material related to processes and inquiries of extraordinary rendition by the United States and torture in Guantanamo Bay.

Box 6
Universal Rights Group, 2016

Correspondence and information about the Universal Rights Group based in Switzerland.

Box 6
Columbia Law School Human Rights Initiative, 2015

Columbia Law School Human Rights Insitute guide and program information.

Box 6
NGOs, undated

Information and assorted NGO material

Box 6
Rhonda Pence, 2013

Account of meeting with Rhonda Pence an activist concerned about microwaves being used for mind control purposes.

Box 6
Amnesty International Reports on Extraordinary Rendition, 2010

Reports by Amnesty International on Extraordinary Rendition in Europe.

Box 6
Comisión Interamericana de Derecho Humanos, 2017

Strategic Plans, work agendas, and other documents from the CIDH.

Box 6
Gendered Perspectives on Torture, 2011-2015

Notes, research material, and drafts of reports and research papers on gendered perspectives on torture.

Box 6
Protocols of Interrogation, undated

Includes two packets entitled "Protocols of Interrogation" and "Publication on Children Deprived of Liberty" which includes annotations.

Box 6
Florence ADX, undated

Research materials and correspondence regarding the the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado.

Box 6
A Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement, 2008

Photocopy of sourcebook by Sharon Shalev.

Box 6
United States v. Henry Michael Houston, 2007

Photocopies of photographs of conditions in the Florence ADX prison.

Box 6
Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners, 2012

Email correspondence and drafts related to Standard Minimum Rules (SMR) for the treatment of prisoners as defined by the U.N. COmmission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Box 6
Tribute to Nigel Rodey, 2017

Tribute to Professor Sir Nigel Rodey by Juan Méndez.

Box 6
ICJ Global Redress and Accountability Initiative, 2017

Bulletin and emails relate to a project designed to combat impunity and promote redress for gross human rights violations.

Box 6
Misc. Pamphlets/Programs, 2011-2017

Various pamphlets and programs from events and meetings held during the time period listed.

Box 6
Syed Hashmi, undated

Handwritten letter from prisoner named Syed Hashmi about his experience in Florence ADX.

Box 10
Solitary Confinement Prisoner Spreadsheet, undated

Spreadhseet with information about California prisoners who are in solitary confinement.

Box 10
Newspaper clippings and articles, 1992-2015

Various newspapers, news clippings, and articles (some laminated) on a variety of subjects related to solitary confinement, human rights abuses, and cases related to torture.

Oversize-folder 1
Correspondence (general), 2006-2011
Box 4
Transitional Justice research, resources, and events, 2009 and undated
Box 4
"Prosecution of Crimes Committed in U.S. Counter-Terrorism Policy and Operations", 2009

Policy brief draft, notes

Box 4
Board of Directors Executive Committee meetings, 2008-2009
Box 4
ICTJ organization/leadership, 2007-2008
Box 4
Staff phone and address lists, undated
Box 4
Peru: Independent Oversight/institutional reform visit by Mendez, 2004 Jun.
Box 4
Prevention of Genocide conference, Berne, 2008 Dec.
Box 4
Trip to Netherlands and Stockholm, 2009 Feb.
Box 4
Trip to Helsinki and Geneva, 2009 Mar.
Box 4
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll World Forum, 2009 Mar.
Box 4
Consultative Conference on International Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School, 2009 Sept.
Box 4
Thomas Lubanga OSJI/IWPR conference, 2009

Notes and statements about Lubanga Trial

Box 4
"Transitional Justice in Development," Berlin, 2010 Jan.
Box 4
Mendez's biography, C.V., undated
Box 5
Miscellaneous and undated notes by Mendez, undated

From ICTJ, UN, and other positions, engagements, and meetings.

Box 5
"Accountability for Past Abuses," Human Rights Quarterly, 1997

Photocopy and article

Box 5
Amici Curiae: International Jurists in Support of Affirmance, Sosa vs. Alvarez-Machain, 2003
Box 5
Autobiography, 2009 and undated
(2 folders)

Correspondence, drafts, outlines

Box 5
"The Death Penalty and the Absolute Prohibition of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment," Human Rights Brief, 2012
Box 5
El desafio de la prevencion del genocidio, undated

Draft

Box 5
"Employer Sanctions and Other Labor Market Restrictions on Alien Employment: The 'Scorched Earth' Approach to Immigration Control," NC Journal of International Law, 1980

Offprint

Box 5
"Human Rights Policy in the Age of Terrorism," St. Louis University Law Journal, 2002

Offprint

Box 5
"I Used to be Innocent: Readings in the Study of Torture" prologue draft, 2006
Box 5
Justicia Transicionial: Manual Para America Latina, 2011

2 versions: Portuguese and Spanish

Box 5
"Lo que ensena la experiencia," chapter in Victimas sin Mordaza, undated

Photocopy

Box 5
"Patrones que Configuran Actos de Genocidio Conforme a la Jurisprudencia Internacional", 2012
Box 5
"Reconciliacion Nacional, Justicia Transnacional, y el Tribual Penal Internacional," Anuario, 2002

Offprint

Box 5
"Remarks on Intervention," Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 2008

Offprint

Box 5
"Some Patterns of Violation of the Independence of Judges and Lawyers," American Society of International Law, 1982

Offprint

Box 5
"Torture in Latin America", undated

Photocopy of chapter

Box 5
Publisher correspondence, releases, etc., 2006-2011

Regarding various works.

Box 5
Speaking engagements (general), 2000s
Box 5
"Comparative Analysis of International and National Tribunals," 5th Annual Ernst C. Steifel Symposium, 1995

Transcript printed in New York Law School journal

Box 5
Comision Interameriana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) presidency, 2002-2003
Box 5
Oxford University Advocacy course, 2004

Notes, program

Box 5
Oxford University Master's in International Human Rights Law course, 2008
Box 5
"Foro Regional Sobre Prevencion de Genocidio," Buenos Aires conference, 2008 Dec.
Box 5
Forum 2000 Conference, Prague, 2009 May
Box 5
Humanity United consultation on international justice, San Francisco, 2009 Jul.
Box 5
"Primer Foro Nacional Sobre Libertad de Expresion y Prensa: Jurisprudencia y Estandares Internacionales," Mexico, 2009 Aug.
Box 5
Ford Foundation consultant, Peace and Social Justice Program, 2009

Contract

Box 5
"Enhancing Cooperation between Regional and International Mechanisms for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights," OHCHR-OAS regional consultations, 2009
Box 5
Manhattan Committee on Foreign Relations, 2009
Box 5
International Bar Association Human Rights Institute co-chair, 2009-2010
Box 5
Human Rights consultation, MacArthur Foundation, 2010 Feb.
Box 5
Human Rights Program: Open Society Justice Initiative, Harvard Law School, 2010 May
Box 5
Marek Nowicki lectures, Budapest and Warsaw, 2010 Nov. 6-11
Box 5
International Criminal Court (ICC) conferences and meetings, 2010
Box 5
Crimes Against Humanity project , Washington University in St. Louis, 2011 Sept.
Box 5
"Jornadas para corresponsales extranjeros y periodistas," Buenos Aires panels, 2011 Nov.
Box 5
"National Security and Human Rights" expert meeting for the National Security and Human Rights Campaign, Open Society Foundation, 2013 Jan.
Box 5
Task Force on Detainee Treatment, The Constitution Project, 2013?

Meeting binder

Box 5
ISISC: "Meeting of Experts on the Establishing of Principles and Best Practices for International and National Commissions of Inquiry," Italy, 2013 Mar.
Box 5
FIBGAR: Congreso Jurisdiccion Universal, Madrid, 2014 May
Box 5
Ill Antonio Cassese lecture, Florence, 2014 Nov.
Box 5
 

Historical Note

Excerpted from the UNHRC website, with input from Méndez:

"Juan E. Méndez is a Professor of Human Rights Law in residence at the American University Washington College of Law and the author (with Marjory Wentworth) of "Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights", New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011. Between 1 November 2010 and 31 October 2016, he was the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. He was Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2009-2010). He was also Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (2010-2011). Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007. In 2000-2003 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights of the Organization of American States, and its President in 2002. He was Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica (1996-1999) and a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (1999-2004).

A native of Argentina, Mr. Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defense of human rights and has a long and distinguished record of advocacy throughout the Americas. As a result of his involvement in representing political prisoners, the Argentinean military dictatorship arrested him and subjected him to torture and administrative detention for more than a year. During this time, Amnesty International adopted him as a "Prisoner of Conscience." After his expulsion from his country in 1977, Mr. Méndez moved to the United States, where he worked in various capacities for Human Rights Watch (1982-1996)."

Related Material

Documentation of Mendez's early work in Argentina was largely lost when he was forced abruptly into exile. Documentation of Mendez's work since 1977 can also be found in the archives of the organizations which he has worked with including the Americas Watch records at Columbia University and the International Center for Transitional Justice records at Duke University.


Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.

Provenance

The Juan E. Méndez Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016 and 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Ben Saalfeld, Meghan Lyon, October 2016. Updated by David Romine, Christian Cleveland, November 2017.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0030; 2017-0170