About Claudio M. Grossman

Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law and Dean of American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law.
Dean Grossman was elected Chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture in April 2008, where he has been a member since 2003 and previously served as Vice Chair (2003-2008). He is also a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files (since February 2005) as well as Chair of the Committee on International Cooperation of the Association of American Law Schools. In May 2009, Dean Grossman was named to the judging panel for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.
Dean Grossman served as President of the College of the Americas (COLAM), an organization of colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere, from November 2003-November 2007. He was also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) from 1993-2001. He was twice elected its President, first in 1996 and again in 2001. He also served twice as the IACHR's First Vice President (2000-2001, 1995-1996) and Second Vice President (1999-2000). He was the IACHR's Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women (1996-2000), Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Populations (2000-2001), and Observer of the AMIA Trial (2001-2005). Representing the IACHR, Dean Grossman participated in missions to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, among others. On behalf of international and non-governmental organizations, he has also chaired or participated in missions to observe elections in Nepal, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Surinam, and the Middle East.

Positions

Present Chair (April 2008-Present), United Nations Committee against Torture
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Present Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law
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Present Professor of Law and Dean, American University Washington College of Law
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Disciplines

Law

Research Interests

International Law and Human Rights

Honors and Awards

  • Henry W. Edgerton Civil Liberties Award from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of the Nation's Capital (2010)
  • Decoration of Orange Nassau in the grade of "Commendeur" from the government of the Netherlands (May 2009)
  • Simón Bolívar Award from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in recognition of his lifetime achievements in promoting human rights (2007)
  • Charles Norberg International Lawyer of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Inter-American Bar Association (2007)
  • Antonio Jose Irisarri Decoration in the grade of "Comendador" from the government of Guatemala for contributions to human rights (2006)
  • Antonio Jose Irisarri Decoration in the grade of "Comendador" from the government of Guatem
  • Extraordinary Leadership Award, Second National People of Color, Legal Scholarship Conference George Washington University Law School (2004)


Contact Information

Claudio M. Grossman
Dean of the Washington College of Law
Office of the Dean
Suite 366
Phone: (202) 274-4004
Fax: (202) 274-4005


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