Event Title

Keynote Address


Williman Room, Benson Center

Event Website


Start Date

24-1-2014 4:15 PM

End Date

24-1-2014 5:15 PM


Speaker Biography:

Dinah Shelton
Dinah L. Shelton is the Manatt/Ahn professor of law (emeritus) at George Washington University Law School. Her extensive writing on international human rights has received many awards, including the 2005 New York Public Library Best Research Book Award, the 2000 Certificate of Merit from the American Society of International Law, and the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law and has also been awarded the Burhenne Prize in international environmental law (2012), the Riesenfeld award in international law (2013), the Goler T. Butcher Prize in human rights (2013), and the ASIL’s prominent woman in international law recognition. In 2011 she receive the degree of doctor honoris causa from the University of Stockholm.

Professor Shelton serves on the boards of many human rights and environmental organizations. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and was vice-president of the American Society of International Law. In 2009, Professor Shelton became the first woman nominated by the United States to become a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and served as President of the Commission in 2010. She has also served as a legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, UNITAR, World Health Organization, the European Union, Council of Europe, and the Organization of American States.

Professor Shelton received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her appointment to GWU law school, she was a professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She previously taught at Santa Clara University and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, and the University of Strasbourg, France. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jan 24th, 4:15 PM Jan 24th, 5:15 PM

Keynote Address

Williman Room, Benson Center