Collaborative Research

Collaborative research projects involving faculty and students of the LL.M. program in International Human Right Law include:

  1. The Right to Development for Small, Low-Lying Island States and Developing Countries: It is a voluntary research group to collaborate with Dr. Shyami Puvimanasinghe, head of the Right to Development Section of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This research group will be spearheaded by Professor Diane Desierto, Senior Research Associate Roqia Samim, and volunteers from the HR LL.M. Class of 2023.
  2. The Right to Education, a Right for All; Afghan Women’s Right to Education at Jeopardy: This is a collaborative research with the Afghan Peace and Development Program at the Kroc Institute of Peace Studies.
  3. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a United Nations Human Rights Council mechanism created in 2006. Its primary mission is to “undertake a universal periodic review, based on objective and reliable information, of the fulfillment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments in a manner which ensures universality of coverage and equal treatment with respect to all States.” This project at Notre Dame Law School is led by Graduate Programs Manager Jean Marc Brissau and Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali, each of the students at LL.M in International Human Rights Law program is assigned a country to read the UPR reports on that country and create a chart on positive and negative issues included in each report.
  4. Reparations Lab Project led by Professor Diane Desierto and Kellogg Director Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, a professor of political science and global affairs who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Keough School. The lab develops and tests methodologies to assess state compliance with reparative orders of international adjudication bodies, such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the World Bank Inspection Panel. The project will draw on quantitative and qualitative tools in political science and law to integrate teaching, research, and outreach.