Episode 1: Claudio Grossman on Being a Political Refugee

Claudio Grossman is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL), and served as the law school’s Dean for 21 years. Professor Grossman's career includes extensive litigation experience before the Inter-American and Universal systems, where he was involved in a number of landmark cases establishing rights and freedoms within the Inter-American system, including Aloeboetoe et al v. Suriname, Velázquez-Rodríguez v. Honduras, Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, among others. In November 2016, he was elected to the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) for a five-year term and became Chair of the ILC’s Drafting Committee in 2019. Professor Grossman was also elected to L’Institut de Droit International in 2019. He has served as a member of the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) from 2003-2015, and was the Committee’s chairperson for 4 terms. In 2013, Professor Grossman was elected chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies for a one-year term, and was twice elected its President, in 1996 and again in 2001. He was the IACHR's first Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women (1996-2000), as Professor Grossman joins Human Rights Unscripted to talk about where he was before his career took off -- fleeing Chile as a political refugee after the 1973 coup d’etat. Professor Grossman tells us about the risks he faced standing up for his country, and how it led him to where he is today.