Pedro Pizano is the Northwestern-McCain Public Interest Legal Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington D.C., where he works under Ambassador Clint Wiliamson. In 2018, Pizano graduated cum laude and with honors with a dual J.D./LL.M. in international human rights law from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, Ill. He was the executive editor of the Journal of Human Rights and the co-founder of a debate club: The Speakers Union. He was jointly appointed by the presidents of both the Northwestern Federalist Society and the Northwestern American Constitution Society, as the co-chair of the Civic Education Committee. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern to a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as a legal intern in the Manhattan district attorney’s office of New York City where he attended bench trials, prepared witnesses and researched complex criminal issues. He participated in four moot court competitions, as well. At the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, he was the runner-up to best orator among close to 100 participants. During law school, Pizano also monitored the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia where he wrote 30 in-depth reports. Before law school, he earned a joint certificate in international human rights law from Oxford University and George Washington University’s law school. Prior to that, he worked for three years as the global media liaison and strategy and development associate at the Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum in New York City. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the 99 under 33 most promising young professionals in foreign policy by the Diplomatic Courier. His opinions and byline have appeared in, among others, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Slate, Forbes, El Tiempo, El Mundo and the BBC. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is also a native Spanish speaker, fluent in French and knows basic Arabic.