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Claudio Grossman

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus

American University Washington College of Law

Washington, DC, USA

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Claudio Grossman’s Biography

Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law. He served as Dean from 1995 to 2016, after which he returned to the faculty. He was appointed Dean Emeritus by American University's Board of Trustees in recognition of over two decades of dedication and distinction. During Professor Grossman's tenure as dean, WCL pursued numerous exciting initiatives further developing its intellectual creativity. WCL is consistently ranked within the top 10 schools for clinical legal education, intellectual property, international law & trial advocacy in addition to being one of the most diverse law schools in the country.

Professor Grossman is consistently recognized as one of the top 25 influential people in legal education, contributing to the rule of law and human rights in the US and abroad. In 2016, he was elected to the UN International Law Commission for a five-year term and previously served as a member (2003-2015) and chair (2008-2015) of the UNCAT. In May 2010 he was appointed to the RFK Board of Directors. Since 2014, he serves as President of the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights since 2015.

Professor Grossman's career also includes extensive litigation experience presenting or deciding landmark cases in the Inter-American system, including Aloeboetoe et al v. Suriname, Velázquez-Rodríguez v. Honduras, and Tingni v. Nicaragua, among others. He also recently served as Agent for Chile in Obligation to Negotiate (Bolivia v Chile) from 2016-2018 and as Co-Agent from 2013-2016 before the ICJ. In 2019, he was elected Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International.

Professor Grossman is the author of numerous publications. For a complete listing, see the Publications section below.

Claudio Grossman’s Newsfeed

American University
Conference on Reparation for Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and ...

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Washington College of Law, American UniversityClaudio Grossman gave introductory remarks at this event held Wednesday, March 17. The event was co-hosted by the Center of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights, and the RFK Center for Human Rights.

American University
Professor Claudio Grossman Awarded 2020 Goler T. Butcher Medal

Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman has been awarded the 2020 Goler T. Butcher Medal by the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The Medal was presented by ASIL President Catherine Amirfar in recognition of Grossman's outstanding contributions to the development and effective realization of international human rights law.

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Claudio Grossman’s Background

American University Washington College of Law
Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus
1985 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Founded in 1896 by two pioneering women, the college continues to build upon this tradition of inclusive excellence by offering an exemplary professional education featuring top programs in clinical legal education, international law, trial advocacy, intellectual property, law & government and many more. Professor Grossman became Dean in 1985 and Dean Emeritus in 2016.

Previous Board Positions

ABA Rule of Law Initiative
Board Member
2014 - Jan 2017
Washington, DC, USA
The mission of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is to promote justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law.
United Nations, Committee Against Torture
2003 - 2015
The Committee Against Torture (CAT) is the body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture & Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties. Professor Grossman was chair between 2008 - 2015 and vice chair between 2003 - 2008.
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RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Board Director
May 2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.
Inter-American Institute of Human Rights
1990 - Present
Professor Grossman has been involved in the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights since 1990. He currently serves as President after his reelection until 2022 and prior to this, held the roles of: President from 2014 - 2018; Board Member from 2011 - 2014; Member, General Assembly, from 1993 - 2014; Council member, from 1990- 2002.
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Professor Grossman's Publications
Washington, DC, USA
Professor Grossman is the author of numerous publications regarding international law, international organizations & human rights. For a complete listing please go to


United Nations, International Law Commission
Jan 2017 - Present
Geneva, CH
The International Law Commission was created in 1947 by the UN General Assembly, which comprises a body of recognized experts in international law, that works on the progressive development and codification of international law.
Institut de Droit International
Associate Member
2019 - Present
Geneva, CH
Established in 1873, the Institut de Droit International (The Institute of International Law) is an organization devoted to the study and development of international law, whose membership comprises the world's leading public international lawyers.
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Awards & Endorsements

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA)
Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award
Dec 2020
Washington, DC, USA
Dean Claudio Grossman was honored for his tireless work to improve human rights in the DC community and around the world. The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations.

Speaking Engagements

UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards
Speaker & Recipient
Dec 2020
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA recognized individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Claudio Grossman’s Education

University of Chile, Law School
Licenciado en Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales
University of Amsterdam
Doctor of the Science of Law