Assistant Professor of Law
Jorge Contesse
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Jorge Contesse is a scholar of international human rights law and comparative constitutional law. His work focuses on and the judicialization of international law and on the interaction between domestic constitutional actors and international and regional human rights regimes, particularly, the inter-American human rights system. He will be on leave during Fall 2017.

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Expertise

Professor Contesse received his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. He was a Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at Fordham University School of Law, a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law, a visiting resource professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and an assistant professor at Diego Portales University School of Law in Santiago, Chile, from which he received his degree in law and social sciences and where is currently an adjunct visiting professor. Prior to joining the Rutgers’ faculty, he was a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School’s Schell Center for International Human Rights and served as a board member for Chile’s National Human Rights Institute.

Professor Contesse has litigated and acted as expert witness in cases before both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on issues regarding sexual orientation, the use of anti-terrorist laws, freedom of expression and the rights of indigenous peoples.

He is on leave Fall 2017.


"The Inter-American Court of Human Rights as supraconstitutional authority," 21 Int'l J. Hum. Rts. __ (2017, forthcoming).

The final word? Constitutional dialogue and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” 15 Int’l J. Constit. L. 414 (2017).

Contestation and deference in the inter-American human rights system,” 79 Law & Contemp. Probs. 123 (2016).

“International law and domestic adjudication,” in The Latin American Casebook: Courts, Constitutions, and Rights, Juan F. Gonzalez-Bertomeu & Roberto Gargarella, eds. (Routledge, 2016) (with Fernando Basch)

“Inter-American constitutionalism: the interaction between human rights and progressive constitutional law in Latin America,” in Law and Society in Latin America, César Rodriguez Garavito, ed. (Routledge, 2014).

Foreword—Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction, and Human Rights, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 751 (2011) (with A.L. Beltrán y Puga, C. Bettinger- López, P. García-Rey, D. Hortsch, R. Kaufman & N. Tuszynski).

“Indigenous Peoples in Chile: The Quest to Become a Constitutional Entity,” 55 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 19 (2011).

  • Comparative Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law (Public)
  • Transnational Litigation