Paolo G. Carozza

Director, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Director, JSD Program in International Human Rights Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science

Office: 2153 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.4128
Fax: 574.631.4197
Staff Assistant: Leslie Berg
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Paolo Carozza’s expertise is in the areas of comparative law, human rights, and international law, and his extensive writings in these areas have been published in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States. From 2006 to 2010 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and served as its President in 2008-09. At Notre Dame, he is the Director of the Kellogg Institute for international Studies, an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute focusing primarily on the themes of democracy and human development. In the Law School, he was the Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights from 2011 through 2013 and continues to direct its J.S.D. program in international human rights law. He is also a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Professor Carozza earned both his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard, and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter.

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Courses Taught

LAW70405, Comparative Legal Traditions
LAW70401, International Law
LAW70417, Introduction to International Human Rights
LAW70816, Jurisprudence
LAW 73421, Regional Human Rights Protection
LAW83429, Legal Scholarship Seminar
LAW88703, JSD Dissertation


Professor Carozza's research and writing covers areas inhuman rights, comparative constitutional law, European and Latin American legal systems, and public international law. His many writings in these areas have been published in several languages, in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.The following are selected recent or representative works. A complete bibliography is available on Professor Carozza's CV.

Regional Protection of Human Rights (with Dinah Shelton) (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2012)

Comparative Legal Traditions: Text, Materials And Cases On Western Law (with Mary Ann Glendon and Colin B. Picker) (West Publishing, 3rd ed., 2007)

“The Catholic Church, Human Rights and Democracy: Convergence and Conflict With the Modern State” (with Daniel Philpott) in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 15, 3 (2012)

Esperienza Elementare e Diritto (with Marta Cartabia, Andrea Simoncini, and Lorenza Violini) (Guerini e Associati, 2011);

“Esboços históricos de uma tradição latino-americana da ideia de direitos humanos,” in Narciso Leandro Xavier Baez and Douglass Cassel, eds., A Realização e a Proteção Internacional dos Direitos Humanos Fundamentais—Desafios do Século XXI (Editora Unoesc, 2011)

“Human Dignity in Constitutional Adjudication” in Tom Ginsburg and Rosalind Dixon, eds., Research Handbook in Comparative Law (Edward Elgar, 2011)

“I diritti umani, l'«arte» della democrazia e il «gusto per la libertà locale»,” in Marta Cartabia and Andrea Simoncini, eds., La Sostenibilità Della Democrazia Nel XXI Secolo (Il Mulino, 2009)

“Il traffico dei diritti umani nell’età postmoderna,” in Luca Antonini ed., Il Traffico Dei Diritti Insaziabili (Rubbettino Editore, 2007)

“La perspectiva histórica del aporte latinoamericano al concepto de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales,” in Alicia Ely Yamin ed., Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales en America Latina: Del Inventivo a la Herramienta (Centro Internacional de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo, 2006)

“The Universal Common Good and the Authority of International Law,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 28 (2006)

”From Conquest to Constitutions: Retrieving a Latin American Tradition of the Idea of Human Rights,” Human Rights Quarterly 25 (2003)

“My Friend is a Stranger”: The Death Penalty and the Global Ius Commune of Human Rights, Texas Law Review 81 (2003)

“Subsidiarity as a Structural Principle of International Human Rights Law,” American Journal of International Law 97 (2003).

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • European Legal Traditions
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Latin American Legal Traditions
  • Law & Human Development