Javier Vasquez is the Human Rights Advisor at the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) a specialized agency of the Organisation of American States (OAS). His role is to advise PAHO’s Member States on international human rights issues and strategies to improve the right to the highest attainable standard of health and other related human rights; on the formulation/review of national public health laws, polices, practices and to structure public health services consistent with international human rights treaties and standards.
He also serves as the WHO focal point for human rights initiatives in the Americas in collaboration with WHO Headquarters (Geneva). He has a Masters Degree (LLM) in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, DC and a Degree in Law and Political Science from Santa Maria La Antigua University, Law School, Panama. He has previously worked in various capacities for international agencies such as the Panama Canal Commission, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS, and for NGOs such as Spanish Catholic Centre and Mental Disability Rights International and Committee of Orientation and Support for Panamanians (COAP).
He has numerous publications in the field of health and international human rights law. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Grievance Panel of PAHO.