Dr. Mónica Castillejos-Aragón is an internationally trained attorney and a lecturer in Legal Studies at UC Berkeley Law School. She has reported extensively on courts and politics from a comparative perspective and international human rights. Her research focuses on the impacts on democracy and the rule of law, including the strengthening or stabilization of the rule of law and the consolidation of democratic institutions, with a special emphasis on Latin America.
She served five years as a legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and contributed to drafting dozens of thematic reports on contemporary challenges to the independence of judges and lawyers worldwide, annually presented before the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.
She clerked at the Supreme Court of Mexico for four years and conducted professional visits to judiciaries in the United States, India, and Colombia. She has worked for a number of human rights organizations. She currently manages the rule of law portfolio of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in its United Nations Liaison office in New York, where she has attained wide-ranging experience engaging in rule of law, peacebuilding, and international justice-related projects, as well as human rights advocacy in various parts of the world.
Dr. Castillejos-Aragón received her J.S.D and LL.M from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her LL. B (Licenciada en Derecho) from ITAM Department of Law, Mexico.