Center Staff & Faculty Advisors

The Brief draws on the experience and expertise of its esteemed staff and faculty advisors, consisting of renowned human rights practitioners, experts, scholars, and jurists, including: Center Acting Director Melissa del Aguila and faculty members, Professors Robert Goldman, Claudio Grossman, David Hunter, Juan Méndez, Diane Orentlicher, and Anita Sinha.  The Center's staff and faculty advisors include scholars, practitioners, and activists with decades of experience in human rights and international humanitarian law. They frequently engage in cutting-edge research, create scholarship, organize events, develop trainings, and implement a host of projects focused on cultivating the next generation of human rights advocates and improving the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations around the world.  

Meet Our Staff & Faculty Advisors

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Our History

Founded in 1994, the Human Rights Brief is the oldest and largest student-run brief at AUWCL. When the Center’s founders—Robert Goldman, Claudio Grossman, and Herman Schwartz—introduced the inaugural issue of the Brief, they envisioned broadening the understanding of challenges facing human rights activism in the world, as well as presenting the ways in which our community meet those challenges. For nearly two decades, the Brief published three issues per year, featuring articles on emerging human rights issues, as well as up-to-date coverage of developments in the regional human rights systems, the United Nations, international criminal courts and tribunals. The Brief’s print editions reached more than 4,000 subscribers in over 130 countries.