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Alberto Vásquez Encalada

Alberto is a Peruvian lawyer and disability rights advocate who is based in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and an LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Previously, he worked as Research Coordinator at the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during Catalina Devandas’ mandate. He has also worked as a consultant for different United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Office of the Secretary General.

In Peru, he worked as Head Advisor of the Congress’ Committee on Social Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, as well as commissioner at the Disability Unit of the Peruvian Ombudsperson’s Office.

He is the President of Sociedad y Discapacidad – SODIS, and board member of the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and the Bank Information Center (BIC). He is also a member of the Latin American Network of Psychosocial Diversity.


Alberto Vasquez, Poner fin a la coerción, in Juan Carlos Cea (ed.), Sin locxs no hay revolución, Santiago de Chile, Lococooperativa, In Press.

Alberto Vasquez, The potential of the legal capacity law reform in Peru to transform mental health provision, in Faraaz Mahomed et al. (eds.), Mental Health, Human Rights and Legal Capacity, Cambridge University, In Press.

Peter Stastny, Anne M. Lovell, Julie Hannah, Daniel Goulart, Alberto Vásquez, Seana O’Callaghan and Dainius Pūras, Critical elements of rights-based community supports for individuals experiencing significant emotional distress: foundations and practices, Health and Human Rights Journal, Volume 22, Issue 1, June 2020.

Alberto Vasquez and José-Miguel Rubido, L’art. 12 CDPH au regard du droit de la protection de l’adulte: état des lieux et perspectives, in Micaela Vaerini et al. (eds.), Aspects de droit civil suisse et international, Berne, Stämpfli, 2019.

Alberto Vasquez, Transforming disability law and policy in Peru: the role of civil society, at Karen Soldatic and Kelley Johnson (eds.), Global Perspectives on Disability Activism and Advocacy, Oxon & New York, Routledge, 2019.

Alberto Vasquez, La reforma de la legislación sobre salud mental en el Perú: una promesa a medias, at Juan Carlos Cea Madrid (ed.), Locura en movimiento, La reinvención de la salud mental en América Latina, Santiago de Chile, Centro de Estudios Locos, 2019.

Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Alberto Vasquez et al., Inclusion of persons with disabilities in systems of social protection, BMJ Open, 2016, 6(8).