Denisse Córdova Montes, JD

Denisse Cordova Montes

Acting Associate Director, Human Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law


Denisse Córdova Montes, JD, is the Acting Associate Director and a Lecturer in Law with the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to that, Denisse was based in Germany, where she coordinated the Gender and Women’s Rights Program at FIAN International, an international human rights organization that promotes and defends the rights to food and food sovereignty. At FIAN, she oversaw human rights fact-finding and advocacy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America around rural, peasant, and Indigenous women’s rights. She also supported social movements’ lobbying with the United Nations in Geneva, New York, and Rome in cases concerning access to land, water, adequate nutrition, decent working conditions, and against extractive and corporate actors. Denisse was also involved in global standard setting processes, particularly concerning rural and Indigenous women’s rights. Denisse’s work and research focus on food, food sovereignty, women’s rights, and human rights, and is particularly interested in social movements’ role in the advancement of human rights.