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Rafael Angel Dominguez LL.M.’16 – How St. Thomas Law’s LL.M. in Human Rights Helped Shape His Career Path

By September 14, 2022Alumni, College of Law

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intercultural Human Rights Program at St. Thomas Law prepares and empowers students to be effective leaders in the field of human rights and international law. For alumnus Rafael Angel Dominguez (’16), the LL.M. program has played a significant role in his professional career as a foreign attorney and government official in his home country of Venezuela.  

After graduating from St. Thomas Law, Rafael returned home, and in 2019 was designated as Director of International Affairs of the legitimate National Assembly by Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, and in October of 2020, he was appointed as Ambassador and Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Currently, Rafael is a law professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, and is a columnist for El Nacional (a Venezuelan national newspaper).  

Rafael attributes his professional growth and career success to the high-quality education he obtained in the LL.M. program and the guidance and support he received from the program’s directors Professor Dr. Siegfried Wiessner (Director and Professor of Law) and Professor Dr. Roza Pati (Executive Director and Professor of Law). Rafael will return to St. Thomas Law in the Spring of 2023 to pursue the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights degree.

To learn more about the LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, please visit  

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