Christine Cervenak

Associate Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights

Office: 4135 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574.631.8376
Staff Assistant: Emily Saavedra
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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.

Courses Taught

LAW73430, Law & Human Dev in Practice


C. Cervenak, “Learning from the Dark Side: A Cautionary Tale of the U.S. War on Terror,” in Spanish (“Lecciones de El Lado Tenebroso: las moralejas de la historia de la guerra de EEUU contra el terrorismo”) in Anuario de Derechos Humanos 2009 (Centro de Derechos Humanos, Santiago de Chile, no. 5, July 2009).

C. Cervenak, “Access to Information in Chile at a Crossroads: Protecting Secrecy or Promoting Transparency,” in Spanish (“La encrucijada del acceso a la información publica en Chile: Proteger el secreto o promover la transparencia,” in eds. Claudio Fuentes, Andrés Villar, Desafíos democráticos (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), 2006: Santiago de Chile).

S. Brown, C. Cervenak, and D. Fairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioners’Guide (USAID, 1998: Washington, DC).

C. Cervenak, D. Fairman, and E. McClintock, “Leaping the Bar: Overcoming the Legal Opposition to ADR in the Developing World,” in Dispute Resolution Magazine, Spring 1998.

C. Cervenak, Learning on the Job: Organizational Interaction in El Salvador, 1991-1995 (Conflict Management Group Working Paper, 1997: Cambridge, MA).

C. Cervenak, “Lessons of the Past: Experiences in Peace Operations” and “Contracting and Privatization in Peace Operations,” in eds. Antonia Handler Chayes and George T. Raach, Peace Operations: Developing an American Strategy (National Defense University Press, 1995: Washington, DC).

W. Hinkle, M. Krause, C. Cervenak, D. Madl, with W. Rosenau, Forming and Training Constabulary Forces: Papers in Support of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces (Institute for Defense Analysis, 1995: Alexandria, VA), IDA Paper P-3089.

C. Cervenak, “Promoting Inequality: Gender-Based Discrimination in UNRWA´s Approach to Palestine Refugee Status,” published in Human Rights Quarterly 16 (1994), pp. 300-374 (The Johns Hopkins University Press). A version of this study was published separately in Arabic (1997) by the Women´s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, a West Bank Palestinian NGO.

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