Assistant Professor of Law
Jorge Contesse
Newark Campus
303A
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-3041

Jorge Contesse is a scholar of international human rights and comparative constitutional law, focusing on the judicialization of international law and on the interaction between domestic constitutional actors and international human rights regimes, in particular, the Inter-American human rights system. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard International Law Journal, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the International Journal of Human Rights, Law & Contemporary Problems, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. 

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Biography

Professor Contesse's research examines how the law of international human rights articulates legal doctrines and mechanisms to hold states accountable, and the ways states and other stakeholders respond in turn, shaping both domestic and international law.  He teaches courses on international law, human rights, and criminal law.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Contesse 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. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, Visiting Resource Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at Fordham University School of Law.  He has litigated and acted as expert witness in cases before 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, and has appeared before United Nations bodies such as the Committee Against Torture and the Committe on Racial Discrimination.  

Professor Contesse is the Director of the Transnational Legal Initiative and co-Director of Rutgers-Newark Human Rights Working Group (with Prof. Janice Gallagher, from the Department of Political Science).  He holds an LL.M. and a 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, and an LL.B. from Diego Portales Law School (in Santiago, Chile) where he was Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Center, and is currently a Permanent Visiting Professor. 

Publications

Articles

Settling Human Rights Violations, 60 Harv. Int'l L.J. __ (forthcoming 2019). 

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, 22 Int'l J. Hum. Rts. 1168 (2018).

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

      — Rejoinder to Paolo Carozza and Pablo González Domínguez, 15 Int’l J. Const. L. 443 (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 Stud. L. Pol. & Soc. 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 (Javier Couso, ed., 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 Rodríguez-Garavito, ed., 2015).

Other Publications

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights' Advisory Opinion on Gender Identity and Same-Sex Marriage, 22 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). 

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). 

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