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. With expertise in comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law, he focuses his research on Latin America, Western Europe, and international themes more broadly.
His current research revolves around the relationships between law, human rights, education, and integral 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 a decade.
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 as human dignity, democracy, and subsidiarity.
A member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2006–10), Carozza served as its president in 2008–09. In 2012, he received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, in recognition of his service to the Inter-American human rights system. He has served the Holy See in various capacities and was appointed by Pope Francis in 2016 to be a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Carozza 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. He holds an AB from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School and was a postgraduate Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School.
Comparative constitutional law; human rights; law and human development; international law; European and Latin American legal traditions
His current research revolves around the relationships between law, human rights, education, and integral human development.
Reinhold Niebuhr Award - 2019
Potential Trump Supreme Court Pick Barrett: Catholic Chicago Judge Stirs Abortion Debate
Jul 5, 2018
Faculty Fellow and Institute director Paolo Carozza (law and political science) speaks with the Chicago Tribune on former University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, now one of Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees.
Setting the Research Agenda on Global Catholic Education
May 24, 2018
More than 40 scholars and educators took part in the Global Catholic Education and Integral Human Development: Setting a Social Science Research Agenda conference in Rome last month.
Remembering Faculty Fellow Mary Ellen Konieczny
Feb 28, 2018
Mary Ellen Konieczny, associate professor of sociology and a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute, is being remembered as a mentor who cared deeply about her students and about making the world a better place through her research of religion and conflict.