Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar
Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar is a new honorary doctorate at University of Oslo.
Iris Yassmin Barrios.
Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar (born 1962), presides over one of Guatemala’s High Risk Tribunals. In 2001 she was a member of the court that sentenced three high-ranking militaries
and a priest for the murder of Archbishop Gerardi. In 2011 she sentenced four former militaries for a massacre during the civil war in the 1980s. In 2013 she led the court in the
genocide trial of ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. This was the first time a former head of state was tried for genocide in his home country; an important legal precedent for genocide cases worldwide.
Yassmin Barrios holds a PhD in Law from the Mariano Gálvez University. She is widely known for her integrity and personal courage and has received numerous awards for her work, among them the ‘International Women of Courage’ of the US State Department and the human rights award of the Spanish lawyer’s association. Through her work Yassmin Barrios has made imperative contributions to the strengthening the Rule of Law and democracy in Guatemala.
Presented by Rector Svein Stølen