Dean Claudio Grossman Named to Judging Panel for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Dean Grossman


WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2009Claudio Grossman, dean of American University Washington College of Law, has been named to the judging panel of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

Grossman and William Schulz, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former executive director of Amnesty International USA, join current judges Gay McDougall, United Nations independent expert on minority issues, Makau Mutua, dean of Buffalo School of Law at the State University of New York, and Sushma Raman, president of the Southern California Grantmakers, on this distinguished panel.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 to honor courageous and innovative human rights defenders throughout the world who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief in the power of individual efforts to overcome injustice. There have been 39 RFK Human Rights Winners from 23 countries to date. The award includes a cash prize of $30,000 and on-going legal, advocacy and technical support through a partnership with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Grossman is the current chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture and was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1993-2001, where he served in numerous capacities including president (twice, first in 1996 and again in 2001), special rapporteur on the rights of women (1996-2000), and special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous populations (2000-2001).

Grossman, a widely published human rights scholar, has received numerous awards for his work with human rights and international law, including the “Outstanding Dean of the Year” award from the National Association for Public Interest Law (subsequently known as Equal Justice Works), the Harry LeRoy Jones Award from the Washington Foreign Law Society, and the Chapultepec Grand Prize from the Inter American Press Association.

During his tenure as dean of Washington College of Law, Grossman has, among other accomplishments, expanded the law school’s initiatives and impact in the area of international human rights. Washington College of Law is home to the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, an International Human Rights Clinic, War Crimes Research Office, Impact Litigation Project, Women and International Law program, and the United Nations Committee against Torture Project.