Diane Desierto is an associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School for Global Affairs, and is a member of the faculty advisory committee for Notre Dame’s Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights. She specializes in international law, including international economic law, human rights, development, humanitarian law, comparative constitutional law, and maritime security. Her research addresses those topics as well as dispute settlement and the evolving regional law of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Desierto previously held law faculty appointments at the University of Hawaii and Peking University School of Transnational Law. She was a faculty fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and director of studies and faculty at The Hague Academy of International Law.She previously co-directed the ASEAN Law and Integration Center. She also worked as Yale Law Clerk at the International Court of Justice, as a legal advisor to former Philippines Senate President Edgardo J. Angara, and as a law reform consultant for the Philippines Constitutional Commission on Elections.
She has written more than 100 law review articles, books, book chapters and other publications, and has co-authored or co-edited three forthcoming books while finalizing a book manuscript on rewriting the theory and practice of reparations in international law.
She serves as a legal expert for ASEAN, the European Union External Action Service, the Asian Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development.
She earned JSD and LLM degrees from Yale University Law School and a JD and BS from the University of the Philippines.
Faculty fellow addresses UN on right to development, forthcoming treaty
Jun 4, 2019
Faculty Fellow Diane Desierto, an expert for the United Nations Working Group on the Right to Development, is assisting member states in drafting a new treaty declaring development as a human right.
Calls for Stronger Accountability After IFC Supreme Court Ruling
Mar 4, 2019
Faculty Fellow Diane Desierto (human rights law and global affairs) was quoted in a Devex article about the US Supreme Court's ruling to deny the World Bank absolute immunity from prosecution.