Almudena Bernabeu is the Co-founder of the Guernica Group, Co-head of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, Co-Director of G37 Despacho Internacional and Director of the Guernica Centre for International Justice
Due to her unparalleled contribution to international justice and human rights work, Almudena has received numerous awards, including:
The Letelier-Moffit Human Rights Prize.
Spanish National Council of Barristers SCEVOLA Award
Recipient of a honoris causa Ph.D. from the University of Santa Clara, California in 2013.
Program for Torture Victims - Human Rights Hero Award
El Pais Top 13 Most Influential Leaders in the Spanish & Latin American World;
- Katherine & George Alexander Law Prize;
- Time Magazine 200 most influential people;
International Award Yo Dona Magazine "Best Professional Career 2012"
Almudena is a renowned international lawyer with a long career in the fields of Transitional Justice and International Criminal and Human Rights Law. During her years as Transitional Justice Director at the U.S.-based organization Center for Justice & Accountability, Ms. Bernabeu successfully litigated more than a dozen civil cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute and criminal cases in Europe under the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction to assist victims to achieve truth and accountability for international crimes. Almudena has been rewarded internationally for her contribution to justice and accountability mechanisms around the world, in particular, for bringing landmark cases in Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador and many other countries.
Among her multiple accomplishments, Almudena led the investigation and prosecution of the massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter, by members of the Salvadoran Military High Command, an attack that marked a turning point in the Salvadoran conflict. As a result of these investigations, a U.S. Court approved the extradition of Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano to Spain to face trial.
Almudena also led the investigation and prosecution of the Genocide committed against the Mayan people in Guatemala. The process before the Spanish National Court provided the victims the opportunity to tell their stories and present their “truth” about one of the darkest chapters in recent Guatemalan history. This investigation was instrumental in the conviction of the former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Rios Montt for genocide. Almudena’s contribution to this important case was the subject of the documentary film entitled: “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”
Almudena investigated and provided essential evidence to secure a civil judgment against Pedro Barrientos Nuñez, a former lieutenant in the Chilean Military responsible for the torture and murder of the popular singer Víctor Jara.
These and other cases demonstrate Almudena’s contribution to the development of International Justice and the impact to strengthen and re-shape international criminal accountability as well as its impact on national processes of transitional justice.
Almudena holds an LLM degree in International Law from the University of Valencia, where she specialized in Public International Law; she is a member of the Valencia and Madrid Bar Associations and the American Bar Association.