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Douglass Cassel specializes in business and human rights, international human rights law, and international law.  As scholar and practitioner, he publishes influential articles, teaches in leading law schools, counsels clients, conducts investigations and negotiations, and litigates before national and international courts. Among other activities, he advises attorneys on developments in the field of business and human rights, assists in human rights due diligence and risk avoidance, and helps resolve claims of adverse impacts.

Douglass Cassel is a widely recognized expert on business and human rights, international human rights law, and public international law.  He has long taught in these fields, most recently at Notre Dame Law School, where he was Notre Dame Presidential Fellow. He has also taught at leading universities in Belgium, England, Hungary, Mexico and Spain. He has published more than one hundred scholarly articles and reviews.

Cassel has represented international law experts, and retired US diplomats, before the United States Supreme Court. He has assisted human rights victims before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, and the International Criminal Court.

His articles have been published in the Business and Human Rights JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly, and many other journals.  On behalf of the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Center and the Law Society of England and Wales, he was principal author of the White Paper: Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights (2015).

Cassel has both defended and sued major corporations. Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, he defended Chevron from an attempt to enforce a fraudulent judgment entered against the company in Ecuador.

Cassel is experienced in investigations, negotiations and diplomacy. He was Legal Advisor to the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador. In 2015 Colombia’s President called on him to help negotiate the justice provisions of the peace treaty with FARC guerrillas, for which Cassel was later awarded Colombia’s highest honor given to foreign citizens.

Illustrative Articles: 

State Jurisdiction to Regulate and Adjudicate Transnational Corporate Activity, in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Business, Surya Deva, ed. (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019).

Outlining the Case for a Common Law Duty of Care of Business to Exercise Human Rights Due Diligence, 1 Business and Human Rights Journal 179 (2016), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/bhj.2016.15 (Cambridge University Press, England), accessible at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=10291000&fileId=S2057019816000158.

Presentación: Represión Judicializada en el Ecuador, in El uso del poder judicial para vulnerar los derechos humanos en el Ecuador (2016) (Interamerican Institute for Democracy and Inter-American Bar Association); English version: Introduction, in The Role of the Judiciary in the Violation of Human Rights in Ecuador (2016), accessible at http://www.intdemocratic.org/es/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/The-Role-of-the-Judiciary-in-the-Violation-of-Human-Rights-in-Ecuador.pdf.

The United States and Human Rights Treaties: Can We Meet Our Commitments?, American Bar Association,  Human Rights Magazine, Volume 41, No. 2 (2015). 

White Paper: Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights 6 Notre Dame J. Int’l & Comp. Law, Iss. 1, Art. 1 (2015), co-authored with Anita Ramasastry for the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, and the Law Society of England and Wales (also accessible at http://business-humanrights.org/en/white-paper-outlines-possible-options-for-business-human-rights-treaty#c124730).

Sistemas Regionales de Protección de Derechos Humanos y la Resistencia por parte de los Estados: El Caso del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (2011-2013), in Estado constitucional, derechos humanos, justicia y vida universitaria: Estudios en homenaje a Jorge Carpizo, Tomo V, Volumen 1, p. 401, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Autónoma de México (2015).

Suing Americans for Human Rights Torts Overseas: The Supreme Court Leaves the Door Open, 89 Notre Dame Law Review 1773 (2014).  

The United Nations Global Compact and Human Rights: A Modest But Useful Niche, in Oliver Williams, ed., Sustainable Development:  the Millennium Development Goals, The U.N. Global Compact and the common good 184 (2014).

Regional Human Rights Systems and State Pushback: The Case of the Inter-American Human Rights System (2011-2013), 33 Human Rights Law Journal 1 (2013).

El Alcance e Impacto Cada Vez Mayores de las Reparaciones Ordenadas por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, in La Justicia Constitucional y su Internacionalización. ¿Hacia un Ius Constitutionale Commune en América Latina?, Tomo II, p. 215, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Autónoma de México, eds., (2010).

Empresas Multinacionales y Complicidad en Violaciones de los Derechos Humanos: Confusión Judicial Estadounidense, 63 Derecho Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú 255 (2009) (updated version in Spanish of Corporate Aiding and Abetting of Human Rights Violations: Confusion in the Courts, 6 NW. U. J. INT’L HUM. RTS. 304 (2008)).

International Human Rights Law and Security Detention, 40 Case Western Reserve journal of International Law 383 (2009), reprinted in Martin Scheinin, ed. Terrorism and Human Rights (Elgar, Cheltenham Glos, England, 2013).

Pretrial and Preventive Detention of Suspected Terrorists: Options and Constraints under International Law, 98 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 811 (2008) (published by Northwestern University School of Law), reprinted in Terrorist Rendition and Detention: State Practices (A. Begum, ed.)  1 (Amicus Books, Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, 2008).

Corporate Aiding and Abetting of Human Rights Violations: Confusion in the Courts, 6 Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights 304 (2008).

Transnational Corporate Accountability and the Rule of Law (co-authored with Sean O’Brien), in Oliver Williams, ed., Peace Through Commerce: Responsible corporate citizenship and the ideals of the united nations global compact (2008), p. 77.

Liberty, Judicial Review and the Rule of Law at Guantanamo: A Battle Half Won, 43 New England Law  Review 37 (2008).

The Expanding Scope and Impact of Reparations Awarded by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in Out of the Ashes: Reparations for Gross Violations of Human Rights, K. De Feyter, S. Parmentier, M. Bossuyt and P. Lemmens eds. (Intersentia 2005), p. 191; reprinted in Revista do Insitituto Brasileiro de Direitos Humanos, Ano 7, Vol.7, Núm. 7, 2006/2007 p. 91. 

The Globalization of Human Rights: Consciousness, Law and Reality, 2 NW.U.J. Int’l Hum. Rts. 6 (2004).

International Remedies in National Criminal Cases: ICJ Judgment in Germany v. United States, 15 Leiden Journal of International Law 69 (2002).

Human Rights and Business Responsibilities in the Global Marketplace, 11 Business Ethics Quarterly  261 (2001).

La Lucha Contra La Impunidad ante el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, in Verdad y Justicia: Homenaje a Emilio Mignone, Juan Méndez et al., eds. (Inter-American Institute of Human Rights 2001) 357.

Does International Human Rights Law Make a Difference?, 2 Chicago Journal of International Law  121 (2001).

Empowering United States Courts to Adjudge Crimes within the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, 35 New England Law Review 421 (2001).

Inter-American Human Rights Law, Soft and Hard, in Commitment and Compliance: The Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System 393 (Dinah Shelton, ed.)(2000).

Judicial Remedies for Treaty Violations in Criminal Cases: Consular Rights of Foreign Nationals in United States Death Penalty Cases, 12 Leiden Journal of International Law 851 (1999).

The ICC’s New Legal Landscape: The Need to Expand United States Domestic Jurisdiction to Prosecute Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, 23 Fordham International Law Journal 378 (1999).

El Perú Se Retira de la Corte: Afrontará el Reto el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos?, 29 Revista Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos 69 (1999) (Spanish language version of Peru Withdraws from the Court).

The Future of the Inter-American Human Rights System, (co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal), in El Futuro del Sistema Interamericano de Protección de los Derechos Humanos 539 (Inter-American Institute of Human Rights 1998).

Corporate Initiatives: A Second Human Rights Revolution?, 19 Fordham International Law Journal 1963 (1996).

 

Book Reviews:

Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours (Surya Deva and David Bilchitz, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017), HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY 41 (2019) 497–547.

Fundamental Rights in Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspective, by Federico Fabbrini (Oxford University Press 2014), in Human Rights Law Review 2016;
doi: 10.1093/hrlr/ngw008 (England), accessible at http://hrlr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/28/hrlr.ngw008.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=KCR7pibGybMICRG.

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, by David Scheffer, 107 American Journal of International Law 252 (2013).

The Practice and Procedure of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, 100 American Journal of International Law 503 (2006).

The Inter-American System of Human Rights, 93 American Journal of International Law 555 (1999).

Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law in New Democracies, 92 American Journal of International Law 607 (1998).

Teaching International Human Rights Law, 91 American Journal of International Law 215 (1997).

 

Illustrative Recent Speaking Engagements:

Conversatorio en empresas y derechos humanos para árbitros y abogados (panel), Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia, October 2019.

Comentarios sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos, Curso Presencial para abogados de empresas, sponsored by the International Bar Association, the Cámara de Servicios Legales of the Asociación Nacional de Emptresas de Colombia (ANDI), and the Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, at the ANDI, Bogotá, Colombia, October 2019.

La perspectiva jurídica de la debida diligencia corporativa en derechos humanos: experiencias comparadas (panel), en Conferencia sobre La debida diligencia empresarial en Derechos Humanos y la sostenibilidad, organized by the Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia, en la Pontífica Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, October 2019.

Empresas y Derechos Humanos, en Diplomado de Formación en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos “Héctor Fix Zamudio,” sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Mexico City, Mexico, September 2019.

Corporate Actors and Human Rights (panel), in Balancing Competing Rights: A Conference in Honour of Professor Sheldon Leader, Essex Human Rights Centre, School of Law, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, September 2019.

Keynote Speaker, Inversión y Derechos Humanos: Una Mirada Global desde Colombia, sponsored by Zuleta Beyond Borders, Bogotá Colombia, August 2019.

Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace, in panel on Victims’ Rights, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice, in Conference on The Colombia Peace Process After Two Years, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, Washington, D.C., June 2019.

Keynote Address, Empresas y Derechos Humanos: Unos Apuntes sobre Donde Estamos, Adonde Vamos, Primera Conferencia Latinoamericana sobre Derechos Humanos y Empresas, Universidad del Rosario, co-patrocinada por la Universidad Javeriana y otras universidades y por la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia, May 2019.

Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses (panel), 2019 Wolfgang Friedmann Conference, Columbia Law School, New York, New York, April 2019.

International Human Rights Law, the Environment, Major Projects and ISDS, CLE presentation to International Arbitration Practice Group, King & Spalding, New York, New York, February 2019.

Zero Draft: Are We Closer to Solving the Business and Human Rights Crisis?, Harvard Human Rights and Business Law Student Association, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 2018.

International Law, Soft and Hard, and Domestic Tort Law, in Panel on Public International Law and Corporate Accountability, in Conference on Piercing the Corporate Veil: Multinational Corporate Accountability, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, November 2018.

Empresas y Derechos Humanos: ¿Dónde Estamos y Adónde Vamos?, Inaugural Address, Institute of Human Rights and Business, University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, November 2018.

Transitional Justice in Colombia and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in High Level Conference, The Legacy of Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni: Criminal Justice and Human Rights, The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Siracusa, Italy, September 2018.

Empresas y Derechos Humanos, en Diplomado de Formación en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos “Héctor Fix Zamudio,” sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Mexico City, Mexico, September 2018.

La Corte Interamericana, La Justicia y La Paz, in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica, July 2018.

Las Obligaciones de los Estados en Materia de Medio Ambiente y Derechos Humanos, [“State Obligations in Matters of Environment and Human Rights”], in Seminar on Environment and Human Rights, Observatory on the Inter-American System of Human Rights, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, April 2018.

Business and Human Rights: Can Business Lawyers Make a Difference?, Tenth Annual Lecture on the Legal Profession, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., February 2018.

The European Union and the Prospects for a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights, private briefing in Expert Meeting on Business and Human Rights, European Commission, Brussels, January 2018.

Business Accountability for Human Rights Violations, University of Minnesota Law School Faculty Presentation, Minneapolis, November 2017.

Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights: Context and Contours, Book Launch, Commentator, United Nations Library Geneva, in collaboration with South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human and Rights and International Law of the University of Johannesburg, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2017.

Roundtable multi-stakeholder discussion on the Elements of a treaty on business and human rights, panelist, sponsored by International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2017.

A Business Duty of Care to Exercise Human Rights Due Diligence (panelist), in OHCHR Consultation: The Relevance of Human Rights Due Diligence to Determinations of Corporate Liability, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2017.

Prevention, human rights due diligence and disclosure, in program on Elements for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, co-sponsored by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2017.

Discussion on UN Business and Human Rights Treaty, Webinar, United States Council for International Business, with Robert McCorquodale, June 2017.

Access to Justice and Redress in Extraterritorial Perspective (panel), in International Seminar, Business and Human Rights: Comparing Experiences, sponsored by Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d’Afers I Relacions, in cooperation with Parlament de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, February 2017.

The process towards a treaty on business and human rights: a roundtable multi-stakeholder discussion, panel sponsored by the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2016.

Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, panelist on program sponsored by International Organization of Employers, 4th Annual UN World Forum on Business and Human Rights, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, November 2015.

An International Human Rights Perspective on the Mining Industry, in “A Day of Reflection – In Union with God We Hear a Plea,” sponsored by the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace, Rome, July 2015.

Options for a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2015.

The United Nations Negotiations on a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, Meeting in Reston, Virginia, April 2015.

Why Big Oil and Human Rights Should Do Business Together, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California, February 2015.

 

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Credentials

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

B.A., Yale University, cum laude

Illinois

Supreme Court of the United States

American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights, Business and Human Rights Project Advisory Board

American Society of International Law, Executive Council, 2004-2007

Council on Foreign Relations (elected member)

Due Process of Law Foundation, President, 2000-2013

Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, Executive Committee

Justice Studies Center of the Americas, nominated by US Government and elected by Organization of American States to Board, 2000-2006, 2013-18; elected President, 2002-04, 2014-2016

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board member

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Grenville Clark Award for advancing “the cause of peace and human rights."


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Media Legends Lifetime Achievement Award


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Order of Merit “Guillermo Ferguson,” Colombia’s highest honor for a foreign citizen, for service in peace negotiations.


Government of Colombia (2016)

for empirical research on human rights adjudication in Mexico


Fulbright Research Grant (2016)

Legal Legend Award for work in support of constitutional rights.


American Constitution Society, Chicago (2013)

Elmer Gertz Award, for public service litigation and commentary.


Illinois State Bar Association (2008)

Bradford O’Neill Medallion for an individual “whose life, work and voice have contributed to the creation of a more..."


Dominican University, Illinois (2005)

Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence.


Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation (2004)

Northwestern University Chapter, Distinguished Member Award.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000)

Community Peacemaker Award for Law.


The Peace Museum, Chicago (1998)

Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for broadcast commentary.


Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago (1997)

Citation for Public Service


Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago (1994)

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Grenville Clark Award for advancing “the cause of peace and human rights."


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Media Legends Lifetime Achievement Award


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Order of Merit “Guillermo Ferguson,” Colombia’s highest honor for a foreign citizen, for service in peace negotiations.


Government of Colombia (2016)

for empirical research on human rights adjudication in Mexico


Fulbright Research Grant (2016)

Legal Legend Award for work in support of constitutional rights.


American Constitution Society, Chicago (2013)

Elmer Gertz Award, for public service litigation and commentary.


Illinois State Bar Association (2008)

Bradford O’Neill Medallion for an individual “whose life, work and voice have contributed to the creation of a more..."


Dominican University, Illinois (2005)

Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence.


Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation (2004)

Northwestern University Chapter, Distinguished Member Award.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000)

Community Peacemaker Award for Law.


The Peace Museum, Chicago (1998)

Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for broadcast commentary.


Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago (1997)

Citation for Public Service


Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago (1994)

Matters

Counsel for the Reporter and six Advisers to the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration, as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS, Corp. v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC, No. 18-1048 (2019, pending). Amici argue that nonsignatories may in exceptional circumstances enforce or be bound by international arbitration agreements under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Representing Chevron Corporation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in proceedings relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Representing Chevron Corporation with regard to inquiries and reports of United Nations Human Rights rapporteurs relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

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Counsel for the Reporter and six Advisers to the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration, as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS, Corp. v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC, No. 18-1048 (2019, pending). Amici argue that nonsignatories may in exceptional circumstances enforce or be bound by international arbitration agreements under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Representing Chevron Corporation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in proceedings relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Representing Chevron Corporation with regard to inquiries and reports of United Nations Human Rights rapporteurs relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Advising an international oil company on improving its human rights policies, procedures and reporting, as well as its rating by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (2019).

Assisting an international metals company in vetting potential expert witnesses and in eventually selecting an expert on corporate social responsibility, for purposes of a civil litigation concerning a transnational environmental dispute (2019).

Advising an international oil company on the human rights implications of a personnel matter raising transnational legal issues (2019).

Counsel for Former Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, in Andrade v. Bolivia, Judgment of Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2016) (Bolivia liable for violations of right to property, freedom of movement and right to trial without undue delay).

Represented Government of Colombia in negotiations of justice provisions of peace accords with FARC guerrillas (2015).

Counsel for leading Venezuelan dissident in Brewer-Carías v. Venezuela, Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2014) (alleging denials of due process and false, politically motivated charges); Communication also addressed to United Nations Human Rights Committee (2016).

Counsel for daughter of Cuban dissident in Payá v. Spain, filed in European Court of Human Rights (2014) (challenging refusal of Spain’s National Court to investigate death in Cuba of Oswaldo Payá, prominent Cuban dissident and dual Spanish citizen).

Counsel for 23 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S. Ct. 1659 (2013), arguing that suits in U.S. courts for human rights violations abroad should be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Amicus Brief for Chevron in successful opposition to petition before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking enforcement of a fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment against the company (Request MC 48/12, 2012).

Counsel for civilian victims of bombingCase of the Santo Domingo Massacre vs. Colombia, Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2012) (Colombia found liable).

Expert witness, presented by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Contreras v. El Salvador (2011) (forced disappearances).

Counsel for petitioner National United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, Thailand, before International Criminal Court (2010-2014).

Counsel for 26 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Samantar v. Yousuf et al., 130 S. Ct. 2278 (2009), arguing that former foreign government officials should not be granted immunity in U.S. courts for torture and extrajudicial execution.

Counsel for 25 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 2229 (2008), arguing that prisoners in Guantanamo are entitled to judicial review of their detentions.

Counsel for International Humanitarian Law Experts as Amici Curiae in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), arguing that prisoners at Guantanamo are entitled to fair procedures and due process of law.

Testimony as expert before Constitutional Court of Indonesia on compliance of Indonesia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Law with international human rights law (2006).

Expert witness, presented by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Serrano Cruz Sisters v. El Salvador (2005) (children disappeared during the civil war).

Counsel for Amici Curiae Legal and Religious Organizations in Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004), arguing that a U.S. citizen arrested and detained in U.S., and alleged to be “unlawful enemy combatant,” was entitled to be tried or released.

Counsel for 28 Career Foreign Service Diplomats in Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004), arguing that human rights litigation in federal courts under Alien Tort Statute is consistent with United States foreign policy.

Counsel for Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, in Proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Advisory Opinion OC-18, Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Workers (2003).

Counsel for Former Venezuelan Foreign Minister in Figueredo v. Venezuela, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2000) (finding violations of due process and rights of defense in political prosecution of Former Foreign Minister of Venezuela).

Counsel for amici curiae MacArthur Justice Center and International Human Rights Law Institute before Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Advisory Opinion OC-16, The Right to Information about Consular Assistance within the Framework of Guarantees of Due Process of Law (1999).

Counsel for Guatemalan labor leader in Gómez López v. Guatemala, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (1996) (finding violations of right to physical integrity in attempted assassination of Guatemalan labor leader).

Matters

Counsel for the Reporter and six Advisers to the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration, as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS, Corp. v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC, No. 18-1048 (2019, pending). Amici argue that nonsignatories may in exceptional circumstances enforce or be bound by international arbitration agreements under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Representing Chevron Corporation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in proceedings relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Representing Chevron Corporation with regard to inquiries and reports of United Nations Human Rights rapporteurs relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

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Counsel for the Reporter and six Advisers to the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration, as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS, Corp. v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC, No. 18-1048 (2019, pending). Amici argue that nonsignatories may in exceptional circumstances enforce or be bound by international arbitration agreements under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Representing Chevron Corporation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in proceedings relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Representing Chevron Corporation with regard to inquiries and reports of United Nations Human Rights rapporteurs relating to the fraudulent environmental litigation against the company in Ecuador (2018 and ongoing).

Advising an international oil company on improving its human rights policies, procedures and reporting, as well as its rating by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (2019).

Assisting an international metals company in vetting potential expert witnesses and in eventually selecting an expert on corporate social responsibility, for purposes of a civil litigation concerning a transnational environmental dispute (2019).

Advising an international oil company on the human rights implications of a personnel matter raising transnational legal issues (2019).

Counsel for Former Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, in Andrade v. Bolivia, Judgment of Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2016) (Bolivia liable for violations of right to property, freedom of movement and right to trial without undue delay).

Represented Government of Colombia in negotiations of justice provisions of peace accords with FARC guerrillas (2015).

Counsel for leading Venezuelan dissident in Brewer-Carías v. Venezuela, Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2014) (alleging denials of due process and false, politically motivated charges); Communication also addressed to United Nations Human Rights Committee (2016).

Counsel for daughter of Cuban dissident in Payá v. Spain, filed in European Court of Human Rights (2014) (challenging refusal of Spain’s National Court to investigate death in Cuba of Oswaldo Payá, prominent Cuban dissident and dual Spanish citizen).

Counsel for 23 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S. Ct. 1659 (2013), arguing that suits in U.S. courts for human rights violations abroad should be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Amicus Brief for Chevron in successful opposition to petition before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights seeking enforcement of a fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment against the company (Request MC 48/12, 2012).

Counsel for civilian victims of bombingCase of the Santo Domingo Massacre vs. Colombia, Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (2012) (Colombia found liable).

Expert witness, presented by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Contreras v. El Salvador (2011) (forced disappearances).

Counsel for petitioner National United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, Thailand, before International Criminal Court (2010-2014).

Counsel for 26 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Samantar v. Yousuf et al., 130 S. Ct. 2278 (2009), arguing that former foreign government officials should not be granted immunity in U.S. courts for torture and extrajudicial execution.

Counsel for 25 Former United States Diplomats as Amici Curiae in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States, 128 S. Ct. 2229 (2008), arguing that prisoners in Guantanamo are entitled to judicial review of their detentions.

Counsel for International Humanitarian Law Experts as Amici Curiae in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), arguing that prisoners at Guantanamo are entitled to fair procedures and due process of law.

Testimony as expert before Constitutional Court of Indonesia on compliance of Indonesia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Law with international human rights law (2006).

Expert witness, presented by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Serrano Cruz Sisters v. El Salvador (2005) (children disappeared during the civil war).

Counsel for Amici Curiae Legal and Religious Organizations in Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 (2004), arguing that a U.S. citizen arrested and detained in U.S., and alleged to be “unlawful enemy combatant,” was entitled to be tried or released.

Counsel for 28 Career Foreign Service Diplomats in Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004), arguing that human rights litigation in federal courts under Alien Tort Statute is consistent with United States foreign policy.

Counsel for Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, in Proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Advisory Opinion OC-18, Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Workers (2003).

Counsel for Former Venezuelan Foreign Minister in Figueredo v. Venezuela, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2000) (finding violations of due process and rights of defense in political prosecution of Former Foreign Minister of Venezuela).

Counsel for amici curiae MacArthur Justice Center and International Human Rights Law Institute before Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Advisory Opinion OC-16, The Right to Information about Consular Assistance within the Framework of Guarantees of Due Process of Law (1999).

Counsel for Guatemalan labor leader in Gómez López v. Guatemala, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (1996) (finding violations of right to physical integrity in attempted assassination of Guatemalan labor leader).

Credentials

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

B.A., Yale University, cum laude

Illinois

Supreme Court of the United States

American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights, Business and Human Rights Project Advisory Board

American Society of International Law, Executive Council, 2004-2007

Council on Foreign Relations (elected member)

Due Process of Law Foundation, President, 2000-2013

Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, Executive Committee

Justice Studies Center of the Americas, nominated by US Government and elected by Organization of American States to Board, 2000-2006, 2013-18; elected President, 2002-04, 2014-2016

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board member

English

French

Italian

Portuguese

Spanish

Grenville Clark Award for advancing “the cause of peace and human rights."


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Media Legends Lifetime Achievement Award


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Order of Merit “Guillermo Ferguson,” Colombia’s highest honor for a foreign citizen, for service in peace negotiations.


Government of Colombia (2016)

for empirical research on human rights adjudication in Mexico


Fulbright Research Grant (2016)

Legal Legend Award for work in support of constitutional rights.


American Constitution Society, Chicago (2013)

Elmer Gertz Award, for public service litigation and commentary.


Illinois State Bar Association (2008)

Bradford O’Neill Medallion for an individual “whose life, work and voice have contributed to the creation of a more..."


Dominican University, Illinois (2005)

Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence.


Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation (2004)

Northwestern University Chapter, Distinguished Member Award.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000)

Community Peacemaker Award for Law.


The Peace Museum, Chicago (1998)

Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for broadcast commentary.


Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago (1997)

Citation for Public Service


Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago (1994)

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Recognition

Grenville Clark Award for advancing “the cause of peace and human rights."


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Media Legends Lifetime Achievement Award


University of Notre Dame (2017)

Order of Merit “Guillermo Ferguson,” Colombia’s highest honor for a foreign citizen, for service in peace negotiations.


Government of Colombia (2016)

for empirical research on human rights adjudication in Mexico


Fulbright Research Grant (2016)

Legal Legend Award for work in support of constitutional rights.


American Constitution Society, Chicago (2013)

Elmer Gertz Award, for public service litigation and commentary.


Illinois State Bar Association (2008)

Bradford O’Neill Medallion for an individual “whose life, work and voice have contributed to the creation of a more..."


Dominican University, Illinois (2005)

Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence.


Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation (2004)

Northwestern University Chapter, Distinguished Member Award.


National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000)

Community Peacemaker Award for Law.


The Peace Museum, Chicago (1998)

Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for broadcast commentary.


Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago (1997)

Citation for Public Service


Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago (1994)