Douglass Cassel

Douglass Cassel

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Notre Dame Presidential Fellow
Professor of Law

Office: 2155 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-7895

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Areas of Expertise

International human rights; international criminal and humanitarian law; Colombian peace process

Former director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, Cassel has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the U.S. State Department and the Ford Foundation. He is currently working the Colombian government on its historic peace agreement. From 1992 to 1993, he served as legal adviser to the U.N. Commission on the Truth for El Salvador, supervising its investigations, and acting as principle editor of its report. 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 of 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. He represents victims of human rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela, in cases before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


Law professor attends White House Colombia meeting, applauds continued US aid
ND human rights scholar says Musharraf should resign
Professor Cassel predicts Supreme Court ruling will be human rights benchmark


Law professor attends White House Colombia meeting, applauds continued US aid
Law professor Cassel helps craft Colombia peace accord
Law professor appointed as consultant in Colombia peace talks
Notre Dame law professor Cassel to help draft peace declaration
Law scholars file amicus brief in Guantanamo case
ND Law School team wins landmark international human rights decision
Dreaming of justice amidst “the Troubles”
Cassel’s commitment to human rights forged in student protest


The Wall Street Journal — Former President Who Fought Colombia’s Peace Deal Holds Key to Its Future
USA Today — With peace deal defeat, what’s next for Colombia?
NPR — The American Diplomat Who Helped Bring An End To Colombia’s War
Reuters — Obama pledges more than $450 million aid to help Colombia peace plan
BBC Mundo — Barack Obama anuncia US$450 millones de ayuda para plan Paz Colombia
Associated Press — Ex-Israeli PM Sued Over Flotilla Raid That Killed American
Miami Herald — American justice: A U.S. lawyer in Colombia’s peace process
El Día — Presidente de Colombia y FARC anuncian acuerdo trascendental
Associated Press — Colombia’s president, rebels announce breakthrough in talks
Associated Press — Breakthrough in talks moves war-weary Colombia near to peace
Associated Press — Pope’s Cuba Trip Helped Advance Colombia Peace Talks
NBC News — After Historic Colombia Peace Agreement, Optimism and Concern
The Washington Post — Why do people on the other side seem so unreasonable?
CNN — Was the deal to free Bowe Bergdahl justified?
The Daily Star (Lebanon) — Venezuela sinks further, despite its great wealth
Bangkok Post — Thaksin’s dream of exile government faces hurdles
CNN (op-ed) — Will a military trial of the 9/11 suspects be credible?
Los Angeles Times — Guatemala full of questions after genocide conviction annulled
Los Angeles Times — Accused 9/11 plotters to appear in Guantanamo Bay court