Prof. Cassel speaks at Conference on EU-US Relations

Author: Susan Good


The European Union (EU) invited Notre Dame Professor of Law Douglass Cassel to serve as a panelist at their conference in Brussels, Belgium, January 25-26. The United States Ambassador to the EU will open the conference, which includes high level EU participation.

The conference is titled “Mapping the Future of the EU-US Strategic Partnership: Policy and Research Perspectives.” Cassel’s contribution focuses on how the EU and US can best work together to promote human rights worldwide, in an era when global economic and diplomatic power is shifting rapidly to China and other nations less committed to human rights.

Cassel, who serves as the director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, is a scholar and practitioner of international human rights, international criminal and international humanitarian law. His scholarly articles in English and Spanish are published in the United States, Latin America and Europe, and he lectures at universities and conferences worldwide. On behalf of retired United States diplomats, and leading experts on international law, he has filed several amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court, involving the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo, and accountability for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Claims Act. He represents victims of human rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela, in cases before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Cassel has served as Legal Advisor to the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador; Executive Council member of the American Society of International Law; co-chair of the International Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Chair of the Independent International Panel on Alleged Collusion in Sectarian Killings in Northern Ireland; and consultant to the Department of State, Department of Justice, Ford Foundation, the President of the American Bar Association, and non-governmental human rights organizations. In 2000 and again in 2003, he was nominated by the US Government, and elected by the Organization of American States, to serve on the Board of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, of which he was elected President. Since 2000 he has been President of the Due Process of Law Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., which promotes judicial reform throughout the hemisphere.

Link to Cassel’s human rights commentaries on Chicago Public Radio, 91.5 FM WBEZ, here: