Meet the Directors

Claudio Grossman
Claudio Grossman

Claudio Grossman, Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus

 

Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus and the Raymond Gerald­son Scholar for International and Humani­tarian Law at AUWCL. After serving as AUWCL’s Dean from 1995 to July 2016, Professor Grossman returned to the fac­ulty and was appointed Dean Emeritus by AU’s Board of Trustees. Professor Grossman previously served as member (elected 2003-2015) and chairperson (4 terms, from 2008-2015) of the UN Committee against Torture, and co-founded the Project with Jennifer de Laurentiis in 2004.

Professor Grossman was elected to the UN International Law Commission in November 2016 for a five-year term, and has served as President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights since 2014. He is also board member of the OSF’s Open Society Justice Initia­tive, of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative, and is a member of nu­merous associations including the American Law Institute. Professor Grossman previously served as chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies for a one-year term, and as a member (1993-2001) and President (in 1996 and again in 2001) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, among other positions. Professor Grossman has published extensively in areas such as international law, international organizations, human rights, and legal education, and he is the recipient of numerous distinctions and awards for his contributions to human rights, international law, and legal education.

Jennifer de Laurentiis
Jennifer de Laurentiis

Jennifer de Laurentiis

Associate Director, Impact Litigation & the Kovler Project Against Torture

 

Jennifer de Laurentiis is the Associate Director of Impact Litigation and the Kovler Project Against Torture (formerly the United Nations Committee against Torture (UN CAT) Project), the latter which she co-founded with Professor/Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman in 2004. An Adjunct Professor of Law, she teaches on the prohibition of torture under international law and strategic/impact litigation. Ms. de Laurentiis also supervises and participates in litigation before the Inter-American human rights bodies, and works on a wide range of diverse issues and special projects. She speaks Italian and Spanish. Ms. de Laurentiis received the 2016 AU WCL Public Interest/Public Service Scholarship Program Award for “enduring contributions as a public service advocate.” She previously served as Special Assistant to then-Dean Grossman where she worked extensively on human rights, legal education, and other matters and, prior to that, Ms. de Laurentiis practiced international trade law.