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About Douglass Cassel

Professor Cassel is a scholar and practitioner of international human rights, international criminal and international humanitarian law. His scholarly articles in English and Spanish are published in the United States, Latin America and Europe, and he lectures at universities and conferences worldwide. On behalf of retired United States diplomats, and leading experts on international law, he has filed several amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court, involving the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo, and accountability for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Claims Act. He represents victims of human rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela, and appeared as an expert witness, in cases before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Professor Cassel is also an award-winning commentator. Until 2012 his regular commentaries on human rights were broadcast on Chicago Public Radio and published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. His commentaries have also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Christian Century, and other publications.

Prior to his academic career Professor Cassel served three years as a Lieutenant in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He practiced law for 16 years as staff counsel and later General Counsel of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, where he handled test cases and class actions involving civil rights, civil liberties, consumer and environmental law. 


Present Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae


1972 Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School
1969 Bachelor of Arts, Yale University

Contact Information

Office: 2155 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.7895


Articles (29)