Diane Desierto

About/Bio

Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto (JSD, Yale) is Professor of Law and Global Affairs, Human Rights LLM Faculty Director, and Founding Director of the Global Human Rights Clinic at Notre Dame Law School, with a joint appointment at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame (USA). She is a 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-Principal Investigator 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 is the current Chair-Rapporteur of the Expert Drafting Group of 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 and Philippines Focal Point 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 a Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of International Law.

Recently Published

Development, Marine Biodiversity, and the Common Heritage of Mankind: The ISA’s Deep Seabed Mining Quandary and Complying with the High Seas BBNJ Convention

Starting July 9, 2023, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), sited in Jamaica, will allow companies to file permit applications for commercial deep seabed mining. In 2021, the Government of Nauru invoked Section 1(15) of the 1994 Implementation Agreement to Part XI of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which effectively started…

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Between “Measurability of Objectives” and “Meaningful End Points” on Affirmative Action Programs and Racial Discrimination: SCOTUS Decision in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its Decision striking down (6-3) the race-conscious admissions processes of both Harvard College and the University of North Carolina in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. While Chief Justice Roberts’ Opinion, penned on behalf of the majority of the…

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Favourite Readings 2022 – Pursuing International Law and Human Rights Outcomes

As in previous years, EJIL review team, Gail Lythgoe and Christian J. Tams, have asked colleagues to offer short reflections on their favourite books of the year.  No strict rules apply — the posts are meant to introduce books that left an impression, irrespective of their genre. Today…

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