A Human Rights Degree From Notre Dame

What can a degree in human rights from Notre Dame do for me?


The CCHR has an alumni network of over 400 human rights lawyers from more than 100 countries around the world.  Our graduates promote respect for human rights and human dignity at senior levels in international tribunals, intergovernmental bodies, government, academia and preeminent non-governmental organizations. CCHR alumni positions have included:

International Tribunals

Principal Defender, Special Court for Sierra Leone

Legal adviser to the Registrar, Special Court for Sierra Leone

Senior Appeals Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Assistant Defense Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Legal Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Defense Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Legal adviser and Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Defense Counsel, International Criminal Court


Intergovernmental Bodies

Executive Secretary, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Staff Attorney, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Human Rights Specialist, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Human Rights Specialist, Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Legal Advisor, United Nations Commission of Inquiry for Syria

Legal Counsel, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Guatemala

Associate Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs, New York, USA

Associate Legal Affairs Officer, Treaty Section, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, New York, USA

Legal Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva

Associate Expert, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

Legal Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

Legal Officer, Office of the Legal Counsel, World Health Organization, Geneva

Human Rights Officer, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Attorney, European Court of Human Rights

Human Rights Advisor, United Nations Population Fund, El Salvador

Rule of Law Officer, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Macedonia

Expert/Consultant, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Krakow

Legal Officer, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Gambia

Protection Associate, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mexico

Lawyer, Research and Library Division, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

National Officer, Justice & Security Programme, United Nations Development Programme, Liberia

Sexual Violence Investigator, United Nations Commission of Inquiry for Libya

Legal Counsel, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Director, Department of International Law, Secretariat for Legal Affairs, Organization of American States, Washington, DC

Chief, Foreign Trade Information System (SICE), Organization of American States, Washington DC

 

 


Government

Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Minister of Justice, Republic of Georgia

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Georgia

Ambassador of Guatemala to the Organization of American States

Commissioner, South African Law Reform Commission

Chairperson, Kenyan National Human Rights Commission

Chairperson, Liberia Anti Corruption Commission

Senior Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, Kigali, Rwanda

Principal Legal Officer, Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Abuja Nigeria

Research Judge, Constitutional Court of South Korea, Seoul, South Korea

State Secretary for Human and Minority Rights, Republic of Serbia

Associate Legal Director, Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia

Project Manager for the Brazilian National Truth Commission

Chief of Staff, Governor of Washington State, USA

Chief Legal Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malawi

Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice, USA

Executive Director, Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center, Indiana, USA

Director, Office of the National Council for Cooperation with the ICTY, Serbia

Research Associate, Korea Legislation Research Institute, Seoul

Judge, Libya

Judge, Rwanda

Magistrate Judge, Sri Lanka

Attorney, Office of the President, Philippines

International and Legislative Specialist, South African Human Rights Commission

Lawyer, Mission of Mexico to the International Organizations in Geneva

Assistant Director-General, Dept. of International Law and Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam

Legal Advisor for the International Legal Defense Group of the Colombian National Legal Defense Agency


Academia

Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dean/Head of School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor of Law, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

International Law Professor, Legal Aid Clinic Director, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE), Mexico City

Head of Department, Department of Law and Policy, Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities

and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Associate Professor of Law and Chair, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, USA

Professor, Western Washington University, USA

Associate Professor, University Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile

Professor of the Practice, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA

Assistant Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Germany

Lecturer, Oksana University, Japan

Professor and Director, Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological & Forensic Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania, USA

Director of Legal Writing Program, Notre Dame Law School

Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, USA

Assistant Dean, Addis Ababa University Law School, Ethiopia


Human Rights NGOs

Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Executive Director, International Senior Lawyers Project

Senior Attorney, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

Executive Director, Transparency International, Nairobi, Kenya

Director of Legal Team, Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG)

Legal Advisor for Africa, Amnesty International, London

Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program

Executive Director, Amnesty International, Mexico

Head of Mission, Lawyers Without Borders Canada, Guatemala City

Senior Legal Analyst, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, USA

Deputy Advocacy Director for the Middle East and Eastern Europe, World Vision International, Cyprus

Deputy Director, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Egypt

Field Office Director, International Justice Mission, Kenya

Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative, The Hague

Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Colombia

International Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia, International Commission of Jurists

Co-Founder, Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), Gambia

Gender Justice Expert and Human Trafficking Advocate, Norwegian Church Aid, Malawi

Director for Mexico & Central America, Disability Rights International, Mexico  

Country Program Director, American Center for International Labor Solidarity, Ukraine

Programme Manager, International Litigation & Advocacy, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

International Litigation Coordinator, Colombian Commission of Jurists

East Africa Researcher & Representative, Business & Human Rights Research Centre, Kenya

Deputy Director, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), New York

Director, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC, Bangladesh

Executive Director, National Commission for Justice and Peace, Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference


Private Sector

Team Leader, Chemonics International, Washington, D.C., USA

Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Beijing, China

Attorney, Aylwin Abogados, Santiago, Chile

Associate, Asters Law, Kiev, Ukraine

Partner, King & Spalding, USA