William Pons

Prof. William Pons

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Maryland - Senior Legal Advisor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

William Pons is an expert in international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal law, focusing on the protection of persons with disabilities and accountability for disability-based crimes during armed conflict and humanitarian crises. Presently he serves as senior legal advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, advising on the intersection between armed conflict, humanitarian action, international criminal law, peacebuilding, and disability rights. He holds a research appointment with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability writing on innovative legal approaches utilizing the international criminal law framework to provide accountability for disability-based crimes. He has also previously served as a legal advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Washington delegation.

At the Faculty of Medicine, professor Pons will engage with the Disability and Global Health team affiliated with Dr Rivas Velarde's research team and the Bioethics lab led by Prof. Samia Hurst.