Argentine attorney and legal educator Luciano Hazan, the first Siderman Fellow, has devoted his career to human rights. Since 2003, he has acted as the coordinator of the legal team of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, leading its successful efforts to track down the children of persons made to "disappear" by the Argentine military government, which falsified the identities of the children of the disappeared and placed them in adoption. He has also acted as a lawyer for Memoria Activa, an association that seeks justice for the families of victims of the 1994 terrorist bombing of the Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires. While attending law school at the University of Buenos Aires, he was a journalist, writing for Diario Judicial, a newspaper specializing in criminal justice. Luciano also has served as legal counsel to the Human Rights Commission of Argentina's House of Representatives and is a member of the law faculty at the University of Buenos Aires, where he teaches Criminal Law.
"There is a very interesting movement to change criminal justice in all of Latin America, and I would like to learn all I can about criminal justice. That is why I am so thankful to Southwestern, the Siderman family and the Fulbright Commission for this great opportunity."- Luciano Hazan
During his Siderman Fellowship, Luciano focused on Evidence, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure, as well as working at the ACLU. In November 2011, he was chosen by the State Parties to the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances to serve on the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which monitors compliance with the Convention, and was elected by the Committee to serve as its first Rapporteur.