Diane Desierto has been appointed associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. A graduate of Yale Law School, she is a scholar of international human rights law whose expertise includes civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights. Desierto also is an expert in international economic law, including international trade law, international investment law and arbitration law.

She will serve as a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, an integral part of the Keough School. This academic year she will teach courses on human rights, sustainability and the global commons, as well as international law and human rights.

Desierto holds J.S.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Yale Law School and a J.D. from the University of the Philippines College of Law. She is the author of “Public Policy in International Economic Law: The ICESCR in Trade, Finance, and Investment Necessity” (Oxford) and “National Emergency Clauses: Sovereignty in Modern Treaty Interpretation” (Brill/Nijhoff).

Before coming to Notre Dame, Desierto was associate professor of law and the Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor in Business Law at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson College of Law. She also served as co-director of the ASEAN Law and Integration Center, which conducts research supporting legal, regulatory and policy reforms among the nations of Southeast Asia.

Founded in 1973 by the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights prepares human rights lawyers and other professionals to become champions of civil and human rights and conducts research designed to promote human rights around the world. The center was recently endowed by Rick and Molly Klau, and was renamed in their honor in September 2018.