Paolo Carozza is the director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and professor of law and concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, where he joined the faculty in 1996. His expertise is in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law. He is the Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, an interdisciplinary, university-wide research institute focusing primarily on the themes of democracy and human development. Formerly the director of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, he directed its doctoral program in international human rights law for over a decade. At Notre Dame, he is also a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
Widely published, Carozza’s most recent books include Italian Constitutional Justice in Global Context (with Vittoria Barsotti, Marta Cartabia, and Andrea Simoncini) (Oxford University Press, 2016), Comparative Legal Traditions (with Mary Ann Glendon and Colin B. Picker) (4th ed., West Academic Publishing, 2014), and Regional Protection of Human Rights (with Dinah L. Shelton) (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2013). His numerous articles, published in four languages, have focused primarily on foundational principles of human rights law, such has human dignity, democracy, and subsidiarity.
From 2006 to 2010 Carozza was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the principal international body responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Western Hemisphere, and served as its President in 2008-09. In 2009 he received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, the Republic of Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, in recognition of his service to the Inter-American human rights system. Since 2016 he has been a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at universities in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including as the John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School and twice as a Fulbright senior scholar in Italy. In 2017 he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary.
He holds an AB from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold & Porter, and was a postgraduate Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School.