About the Center

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) established the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in 1990 as part of its long-standing commitment to international human rights and the rule of law. For over 20 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world. The Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, practitioners and activists through training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications. It provides a clearinghouse for the wide scope of activity concentrated on human rights and humanitarian law at WCL.

The Center has eight faculty co-directors and a Student Advisory Board chosen each year from among current WCL students to offer important student insight and help organize and carry out events, activities, and other projects.

Faculty and Staff

Claudio Grossman
Faculty Co-director, Dean Emeritus
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Macarena Saez
Faculty Director
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Robert Goldman
Faculty Co-director
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Melissa C. del Aguila
Associate Director
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David Hunter
Faculty Co-director
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Jennifer de Laurentiis
Associate Director, Impact Litigation and
U.N. Committee Against Torture Project
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Diane Orentlicher
Faculty Co-director
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Andra Nicolescu
Assistant Project Director, Anti-Torture Initiative
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Herman Schwartz
Faculty Co-director
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Rebecca DeWinter-Scmitt
Project Director (pro bono), Human Rights in Business
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Richard Wilson
Faculty Co-director
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Anastassia Fagan
Program Coordinator
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Juan Mendez
Faculty Co-director
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