Manuel M. Vergara Céspedes is a Spanish lawyer, with a Law degree and a diploma in Business Studies from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE. He is Director of the Legal Department of the Baltasar Garzón International Foundation (FIGBAR).
Previously he worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organisation in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He worked as a lawyer in Turkey and has collaborated with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, both in Arusha, Tanzania, and Kigali, Rwanda. For the last two years, he has been director of a project for the development and diffusion of universal jurisdiction principles in Madrid and Buenos Aires, organising and chairing working groups in The Hague, Johannesburg, Asunción, Alfaz del Pi, Puerto Rico and Buenos Aires.