Deborah Ruiz Verduzco, Head of Civil Society Initiatives

Dr. Deborah Ruiz Verduzco joined ICMP in March 2016 as Head of Civil Society Initiatives.

Prior to joining ICMP she was based in New York, where she was Special Assistant to the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

From 2004 to 2013 Dr. Ruiz Verduzco worked at Parliamentarians for Global Action, based in The Hague. In her capacity as Deputy-Director of the International Law and Human Rights Programme she oversaw the provision of political, advocacy, and legal advice and technical assistance to this network of parliamentarians in the Campaign on the International Criminal Court, in particular on the promotion of universality of the Rome Statute and its domestic implementation in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining PGA, she worked at the Electoral Commission of Mexico, the Senate of Mexico, the Office of the Under-Secretary for Human Rights, at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also collaborated in various projects with Open Society Justice Initiative (on Mexico and Guatemala), and No Peace Without Justice (Tunisia).

Dr Ruiz Verduzco has undertaken research and training projects for the Grotius Center of Leiden University, the Programme for the Study of International Organizations, (Graduate Institute) in Geneva, and the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School (Tufts University). A Mexican national, she holds a PhD in international law from the Institut de hautes études internationales et du dévelopement in Geneva. She also holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.