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Claudio Grossman
Dean_GrossmanProfessor of Law & Dean Emeritus and R. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law of the Washington College of Law (WCL), Claudio Grossman has contributed tirelessly to promote international law, human rights, legal education, and the rule of law, in leadership capacities in international and domestic organizations. Professor Grossman currently serves as President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (2014- ). In 2016, he was elected to the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC), and he served as Chair of its Drafting Committee in 2019. In addition, he was elected to L’Institut de Droit International (International Law Institute) and the American Law Institute.  He was a member (2003-2015) and chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture (2008-2015), and chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies (2014). His contributions to UNCAT included the adoption of a General Comment on Reparations, the prohibition of any type of discrimination in relation to torture and inhuman treatment, as well as greater protections for vulnerable populations.

From 1994 to 2001, Grossman served on the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), and twice served as its President (1996, 2001). He also served as the IACHR’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, and on the Rights of Indigenous Populations. He participated in landmark human rights cases within the Inter-American legal system, involving disappearances, gender discrimination, freedom of expression, indigenous populations, due process, and protection of vulnerable groups.

Grossman was Dean of the Washington College of Law from 1995-2016, and through his exemplary leadership, he presided over a remarkable expansion of  WCL programs including various dual JD programs with foreign universities, summer abroad programs, and LL.Ms and SJDs specializing in a variety of international and domestic legal areas. During Professor Grossman's tenure, WCL was nationally ranked among the top 10 for numerous programs, including clinical legal education, intellectual property, international law, and trial advocacy. WCL became one of the most diverse law schools in the country.

Grossman has received numerous recognitions for his scholarship and service in international law, human rights, and legal education. Professor Grossman is a recipient of the Goler T. Butcher Medal of the American Society of International Law, for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights, and of the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. Grossman is a prolific scholar in the areas of international law, the Inter-American system, human rights, and legal education. A full CV, including his scholarship and other recognitions, is available at www.wcl.american.edu/community/faculty/profile/grossman.

In his native Chile, Grossman served as President of the Student Bar Association of the Law School of the University of Chile, and the Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of Government. After the military coup in 1973, Grossman received asylum in the Dutch Embassy. Grossman earned his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Amsterdam and become a faculty member at the University of Utrecht and the University of Twente. With other colleagues, he created the Legal Aid Foundation for Chile, which later became the Dutch Center of Human Rights. Grossman came to the United States as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.