The Honorable Dr. Claudia Escobar

Former magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala
Claudia Escobar

The Honorable Dr. Claudia Escobar's Story

Doctor Claudia Escobar is a judge and former magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala. In 2014, she was forced to relocate to the United States due to the heavy intimidation she faced after denouncing widespread executive and legislative interference in Guatemala’s judiciary system.

Born in the midst of 36-year long civil war in Guatemala, Dr. Escobar grew up in a country marked by impunity, corruption, and violence. Her experiences compelled her to devote her life to the advancement of the rule of law, justice, and democracy.

In pursuit of these ideals, Dr. Escobar has founded both the Judiciary Institute and the Association for the Promotion of Institutionalized Democracy and the Comprehensive Development in Central America – Asociación FIDDI, organizations dedicated to promoting the rule of law in Guatemala.

Dr. Escobar is also a respected legal scholar who has taught at various universities in Guatemala. She holds a PhD in law from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona along with degrees from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and Louisiana State University.

In 2015, Dr. Escobar became a scholar at Harvard University and the first Central American to be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she wrote extensively on the relationship between corruption and judicial independence. Currently a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Dr. Escobar is analyzing the implications for national sovereignty posed by international anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala.

In the future, Dr. Escobar plans to work on issues related to the rule of law, design of judicial systems, and the promotion of judicial independence in Latin America as a means to fight corruption.