Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Claudio Grossman Elected Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International
August 29, 2019
American University Washington College of Law Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Claudio Grossman was elected associate member of the Institut de Droit International on Monday, August 26, 2019. This honor is a further tribute to Grossman’s impact on international legal scholarship in the Americas and around the world.
The Institut de Droit International (IDI) is one of the most prestigious associations of international jurists in the world. It was established in Ghent, Belgium, in 1873. By its statutes, the IDI is an assembly of not more than 132 international jurists, defined as “those of various nations who have given service to international law either in the field of theory or in that of practice.” Among the members are such famous jurists as Rosalyn Higgins (UK), James Crawford (UK), Giorgio Gaja (Italy), Jochen Frowein (Germany), and Theodor Meron (USA).
Over its long history, the IDI has made very important contributions to the development of international law. Its work has influenced judgments of the International Court of Justice, and contributed ideas to the work of the United Nations’ International Law Commission that were useful for the progressive development of international law. Grossman’s extensive background in international law, spanning from academia to the Inter-American Human Rights System, the U.N. Committee Against Torture, the U.N. International Law Commission, and his advocacy before the International Court of Justice, are worthy precedents for his admission to this select circle of international jurists.
American University Washington College of Law celebrates with him this well-deserved success.