Deputy Director Human Rights Center
Claret Vargas is the deputy director of the Stanford Human Rights Center. Claret joined the Center from Boston, where she had been working on employee-side class action litigation. She authored several state and federal appellate briefs, including a brief presented to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In her career, Claret has focused on human rights, social justice, ethics, and violence in scholarly work and in direct advocacy. Her experience in human rights includes work in Alien Tort Statute litigation, report writing based on archival research and on-site missions, international human rights litigation, and transitional justice.
As a scholar with regional expertise in Latin America, Claret has researched, published and taught on indigenous rights movements in Guatemala and Bolivia, ethics in Brazilian and Latin American literature, public intellectuals’ human rights advocacy during and after dictatorships in the Americas, and on the influence of Spanish Colonialism and the development of International Humanitarian Law and Just War theory.
Claret earned her Ph.D. in Latin American and Brazilian literature from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While in law school, Claret worked with Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic, its War Crimes Prosecution Clinic, and researched comparative and international law. After graduating from law school, Claret clerked for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Claret has also worked with the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) in Argentina and was a legal fellow at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), an international human rights organization dedicated to using litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses.
Claret is originally from La Paz, Bolivia. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, and has a basic knowledge of Quechua. Before attending law school, she was assistant professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her publications include: Choral Testimonials and Maya Authorship: Destabilizing the Western Voice in Human Rights Discourse. 7.1 Postcolonial Text (2012), and Bolivian Indigenous Identities: Reshaping the Terms of Political Debate, 1994-2004, in Representation Matters: (Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World. 193 (A. Hoffman & E. Peeren, eds. 2010).