University Leadership

Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, Rector, University for Peace

Francisco Rojas-Aravena, former Secretary-General of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), was elected as the 8th Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE) for the period of 2013-2018. The decision was made on 27 June 2013, during the twenty-third meeting of the UPEACE Council. Since then, Dr. Rojas-Aravena has been working on strengthening the University’s relationship with the United Nations system and its agencies in Costa Rica, as well as fostering a close relationship between teaching and research, generating innovative ideas on “new threats to peace”, and reinforcing existing connections with institutions in The Hague and Geneva. Dr. Rojas-Aravena has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and a M.S. in Political Science from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and he specializes in international relations, human security, integration, Latin American political systems, negotiations – theory and practice – and international security and defence. He served as the Secretary-General of FLACSO (2004-2012) and Director of FLACSO Chile (1996-2004). Dr. Rojas-Aravena was also Professor at the School of International Relations of the National University (UNA) of Costa Rica (1980-1990) and a Fulbright Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre (LACC) at Florida International University (Miami, FL). He is currently a board member of the Spanish edition of Foreign Affairs Magazine (Mexico), an Advisory Member of Pensamiento Iberoamericano magazine (Spain), and is a member of the Editorial Committee of Ciencia Política magazine (National University of Colombia). Dr. Rojas-Aravena has also conducted advisory and consulting work for various international agencies and governments in the region.   


Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Dean

Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo has a Law Degree, a Master’s degree in International Law from Oxford University (UK), and a Doctorate degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Dr. Sainz-Borgo has been an Associate Professor of International Law at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas since 1998 and a Professor of Humanitarian International Law at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota since 2009. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University in 2008-2009. He also served as Jurist to the Regional Delegation of Venezuela and the Caribbean of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Dr. Sainz-Borgo has published four books on international law and international relations and numerous articles in different publications in the legal field.