Diane Desierto

About/Bio

Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto (JSD, Yale) is tenured Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and Faculty Fellow in five of the University's Institutes (Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kellogg Institute of International Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Pulte Institute for Global Development, and Nanovic Institute of European Studies); Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Philippines Judicial Academy, and Co-PI of the Notre Dame Reparations Design and Compliance Lab. Diane formerly clerked at the International Court of Justice, served as Director of Studies (and Faculty) at the Hague Academy of International Law, was Legal Adviser to the Philippines' Senate President and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; serves as Resource Expert for ASEAN, the Asian Development Bank, EU External Action Service, USAID, and the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development. She teaches, publishes, and practices in the areas of public international law, international economic law and development, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, international arbitration and dispute settlement, maritime security, and all areas of ASEAN Law. Diane is a designated Affiliate of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Bar Association; counsel for Southeast Asia-related international claims and sovereign arbitration disputes where she has been successively hailed as one of the "Future Leaders in Arbitration" by Who's Who Legal; Member of the Advisory Board of Oxford Investment Claims and Co-Chair of the Oxford Investment Academy; Member of the Academic Forum for the UNCITRAL Working Group on Reform of ISDS; Member of the Drafting Team for the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration; Academic Council Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration; Listed Arbitrator of the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Centre; and Scientific Advisory Board Member for the European Journal of International Law.

Recently Published

SDG Report 2020: The Civil, Political, Economic, Social, Cultural, and Development Rights Crises Deepening in the Global South

The United Nations recently released its Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, and the results are expectedly grim during this global pandemic.  Not only has the world fallen well off track from Agenda 2030 objectives - including the eradication of poverty - but the deepening inequalities within the Global South augur even worse outcomes for the most vulnerable populations on…

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We Can’t Breathe: UN OHCHR Experts Issue Joint Statement and Call for Reparations

No one on this planet could have failed to see the 8 minutes and 46 seconds in which George Floyd was killed. The United States signed the International Covenant on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1966, ratifying the same in 1994.  Article 2 of ICERD contains fundamental obligations assumed by parties to…

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The Myth and Mayhem of ‘Build Back Better’: Human Rights Decision-Making and Human Dignity Imperatives in COVID-19

Human rights were already under siege everywhere around the world before COVID-19.  But there is also a dawning race now against reaching the ‘twilight of human rights law’, due to: 1) authoritarian regimes’ dismissal of the relevance of human rights while using this pandemic to expand and consolidate their power, such as to silence speech,…

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