Rosa Celorio

Rosa Celorio
Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Rosa Celorio joined the law school in 2018 after having worked for more than a decade as a Senior Attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, one of the main organs of the regional human rights protection system for the Americas. During her time at the Commission, she held various leadership positions, including the supervision of all the legal work performed by the specialized Rapporteurships on the rights of women, LGBTI issues, racial discrimination, indigenous peoples, children, and older persons, as well as matters concerning South America Countries. Dean Celorio had the opportunity to profoundly shape the women's rights and discrimination work of this cornerstone institution, developing a successful gender mainstreaming strategy, promoting an intersectional approach, and supervising the first group of cases decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on violence against women and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Dean Celorio has worked in the field of international human rights law, discrimination, and gender issues for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM-currently UN Women) in New York and Ecuador; as a lawyer in the law firms of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane in Boston and O’Neill & Borges in Puerto Rico; as well as in Greater Boston Legal Services and Centro Presente in Boston.  She has also acted as an advisor for several global initiatives implemented by various United Nations Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups. Between 2013 and 2014, she taught the Human Rights Fact-Finding Practicum at Georgetown University Law School, with a focus on statelessness and economic, social, and cultural rights. The resulting report received the 2014 award of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for outstanding student research in the field of statelessness. She has appeared in various media outlets, including CNN and Deutsche Welle.

Dean Celorio is from Puerto Rico. She studied international politics at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, law at Boston College Law School, and global affairs at the Political Science Institute of the University of Strasbourg in France. She has offered presentations on different human rights issues in more than 30 countries in Asia, Central America, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe, and has published scholarship pertaining to these matters. Among her recent publications are the textbook International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Practice, co-authored with Professors Dinah L. Shelton, Hurst Hannum, and S. James Anaya (6th ed. 2017). She has received a number of awards for her work in the field of human rights, including the Personality of the Future Fellowship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and the Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Scholarship. She is a member of the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts. She is completely fluent in several languages, including English, Spanish, and French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.




BS, Georgetown University; JD, Boston College Law School