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. 

  • 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 a permanent 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.



Resisting the Inter-American Human Rights System, 44 Yale J. Int'l L. __ (forthcoming 2019).

The international authority of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: a critique of the conventionality control doctrine, 21 Int'l J. Hum. Rts. __ (2018).

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

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

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

Book Chapters

Proporcionalidad y Derechos Fundamentales, in Manual de Derechos Fundamentales: Teoría General, P. Contreras & C. Salgado, eds. (2017) (in Spanish).

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

Norín Catrimán y Otros: Comentario a la sentencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, in Anuario de Derecho Público UDP (2015) (in Spanish).

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. (2015).

Other Publications

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights' Advisory Opinion on Gender Identity and Same-Sex Marriage, 22(9) ASIL Insights (July 2018).

Introductory Note to "Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection" (Inter-American Court of Human Rights), 56 Int'l Legal Materials 839 (2017).

The final word? Constitutional dialogue and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: A rejoinder to Paolo Carozza and Pablo González Domínguez, 15 Int’l J. Const. L. 443 (2017).

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).

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