Paolo Carozza

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paolo_carozza Paolo Carozza
Concurrent Professor
3158 Eck Hall of Law


Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, JSD Program in International Human Rights Law, Political Science


J.D., Harvard Law School

Charles Henry Fiske III Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge University

A.B. Harvard College

Research interests

Comparative Constitutional Law

European Legal Traditions

Human Rights Law

International Law

Latin American Legal Traditions

Law & Human Development


Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, in the rank of Comendador (the highest honor accorded by the Republic of Chile to a foreign national), September 2009

J. William Fulbright Scholarship Senior Lecturer, University of Milan, fall 2004 Senior Researcher, University of Florence, spring 2011

Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law, Harvard Law School, 1991-1993 

Select publications

REGIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2013) (with Dinah Shelton)

COMPARATIVE LEGAL TRADITIONS IN A NUTSHELL (West Academic Publishing, 3rd ed., 2008) (with Mary Ann Glendon and Colin B. Picker)

TRADIZIONI IN SUBBUGLIO (Rubbettino Editore, 2007) (with Marta Cartabia)

The Catholic Church, Human Rights, and Democracy: Convergence and Conflict With the Modern State, in 15 LOGOS: A JOURNAL OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT AND CULTURE 4:3 (2012) (with Daniel Philpott) 


Paolo Carozza’s expertise is in the areas of comparative law, human rights, and international law, and his extensive writings in these areas have been published in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States. From 2006 to 2010 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and served as its President in 2008-09. At Notre Dame, he is the Director of the Kellogg Institute for international Studies, an interdisciplinary, university-wide institute focusing primarily on the themes of democracy and human development. In the Law School, he was the Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights from 2011 through 2013 and continues to direct its J.S.D. program in international human rights law, and the Law School's Program on Law and Human Development. He is also a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Professor Carozza earned both his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard, and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter.