For decades, Elizabeth Odio has worked with a focus on human rights, freedom and justice, particularly in the defense of women's rights around the world. Her career includes international appointments as a judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Likewise, in Costa Rica, she served as Vice President of the Republic, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic, Minister of Environment and Energy. She has also been Ambassador Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, and Ambassador Head of Delegation World Conference on Human Rights, United Nations, based in Vienna, member of the Costa Rican national group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and President of the Working Group of the Commission on Human Rights on the drafting of the
Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.
She has received many awards, including an Doctorate Honoris Causa and designation “Elizabeth Odio Benito Chair” from the National University of Costa Rica; the Academic Distinction “Rodrigo Facio” from the University of Costa Rica; and the nomination to the “1000 Women of Peace” for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has extensive teaching experience and several publications mainly on human rights.
She has a degree in Law and Notary Public, from the University of Costa Rica and has postgraduate studies in Gender at the National University of Costa Rica.