Faculty and Staff

Paolo Carozza
Professor of Law

carozza_cchr 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 Law School’s J.S.D. program in international human rights law, and the Director of the Law School’s new Program on Law and Human Development. He is also a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and 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.

Christine Cervenak
Associate Director and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law

cervenak_cchr Christine Cervenak has experience in international law, conflict resolution, and human rights. She served in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State, as Legal Officer for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s West Bank Operations, and with the UN’s peace operation in El Salvador. She worked extensively in conflict resolution, consulting to such clients as The Asia Foundation, Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and USAID. Before joining the University in 2010, she was a director at the University of Chile Law School’s Human Rights Center. A Notre Dame graduate, she studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, earned a J.D. from UCLA, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. In 2001, she was honored by Notre Dame with the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, Award. She is also the Program Director of the Program on Law and Human Development.

Sean O’Brien
Assistant Director and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law

obrien_cchr Sean O’Brien joined the Center in 2005, bringing with him his experience in international and domestic human rights work. He holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame, most recently graduating summa cum laude from the Center’s LL.M. program in 2002. His experience includes work with the Belfast law firm of Madden & Finucane before the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry, Northern Ireland and litigation with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. Immediately prior to his return to Notre Dame, he served as Chief Counsel for Immigration and Human Rights at the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS) in Falls Church, VA, directing a legal services program for survivors of torture and war trauma.

Esther Terry
Project Coordinator
Catholic Social Thought and International Human Rights Law

eterry Esther Terry joins the Center for Civil and Human Rights to develop an online research tool for scholars and practitioners that will facilitate identifying convergences between documents of Catholic social teaching and human rights. Esther’s interest in human rights began with an undergraduate research essay on Bartolomé de Las Casas and has developed gradually through experiences in Central and South America, most recently spending time with deported migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. She previously worked at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies in events, publications, and research. Esther holds undergraduate degrees in English and Spanish from Hillsdale College and a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Kevin Fye
Events and Communications Program Manager

fye_cchr Kevin’s experience includes several years as a designer and animator with WNDU and Golden Dome Productions. In 2001 he co-founded Imagine, a visual marketing firm in South Bend, delivering communications across print, web, and video media. He earned his M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and has taught courses in art history, design, and visual literacy at Indiana University South Bend.

Jody Klontz
Administrative Assistant

klontz_cchr Ms. Klontz is at the core of administration of all aspects of the work of the CCHR, including budgeting, financial transactions and records, communications with applicants for degree programs and with admitted students, compliance with University requirements for privacy of personal data, and arranging conferences and events, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining the CCHR in February 2009, she worked for the Notre Dame Law School administration for more than seven years. She also has several years of experience working as a legal assistant in a small, local firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.

Students in the LL.M. and J.S.D. programs have access to all the regular faculty and courses at the Law School, as described in detail in the Law School Bulletin of Information, as well as to the faculty and courses of other academic institutes and departments of the University. In addition to the Law School faculty highlighted on the Law School web site, the faculty of the University includes some outstanding professors who are well known for a particular specialty relevant to human rights.

CCHR Affiliated Faculty

Roger Alford
Douglass Cassel
Kristine Kalanges
Jimmy Gurule
Barbara Fick
Donald Kommers
Jennifer Mason McAward
Mary Ellen O’Connell
Veronica Root

CCHR Visiting Faculty

José Zalaquett
Professor of Human Rights Law, Law School, University of Chile, Santiago

zalaquett In his native Chile, from 1973-1975, Prof. Zalaquett organized and headed the Legal Aid Department of the ecumenical “Comité de Cooperación Para la Paz en Chile” (later known as “Vicaría de la Solidaridad”). The department provided legal aid to thousands of political prisoners in Chile following the September 1973 coup d’état. Exiled by the military government, he served various leadership positions with Amnesty International over two decades, including Deputy Secretary General and Chair of its International Standing Committee.

In 1990, Prof. Zalaquett was appointed by Chile’s President Patricio Aylwin to the National Commission of Truth and Reconciliation, which prepared a report about human rights violations in Chile from 1973-1990. In 2002 he co-founded the Human Rights Center at the Law School, University of Chile, and was co-director until 2011.

Prof. Zalaquett’s experience with other international human rights organizations includes serving as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS, acting as President of that body from 2003-2004. He has participated in truth commissions and advised governments on issues of justice and reconciliation in Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Yugoslavia, and Uganda, among many others. In the academic sphere, he teaches at universities in Chile and around the world.

His publications have touched upon diverse aspects of human rights and strengthening of democracy, including Transparencia, Rendición de Cuentas y Lucha Contra la Corrupción en América, Law Faculty, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 2005; “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Lessons for the International Community”, in Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America, edited by Cynthia Arnson, Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Stanford University Press (USA), 1999; “The Relationship Between Development and Human Rights”, in Food as a Human Right, edited by Asbjorn Eide and others, The United Nations University, Tokyo, 1984; and “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Development and Human Rights”, in Boston College’s Third World Law Journal, Volume IV, Nº 1, 1983.

Among Prof. Zalaquett’s many awards and honors are the 1994 Unesco Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights, and the 2009 Distinguished Public Service in Latin America Award bestowed by the University of Notre Dame. He received an LL.D., Honoris Causa, from the University of Notre Dame in 1995.

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cchrrecruit2 The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) invites applications for its LL.M. degree program in international human rights law. The application deadline is January 15 for classes that begin in August 2014. Application information is available here.

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