Denise Wager | July 28, 2019
Notre Dame Law Professor Paolo Carozza has been appointed to the U.S. Department of State’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights.
The commission was announced by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on July 8, and includes 10 human right experts, philosophers, and activists from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. They will provide Pompeo and others with an informed review of the role of human rights in American public policy and will help guide foreign policy.
In his remarks about the commission, Pompeo said, “These individuals will provide the intellectual grist for what I hope will be one of the most profound reexaminations of the unalienable rights in the world since the 1948 Universal Declaration."
The group will look at the concept of universal human rights, where those rights come from, and the difference between inherent rights and those prescribed by governments.
“Paolo Carozza is widely recognized as among the world’s most influential scholars and thinkers in the areas of international law, human rights, and comparative constitutional law. We at Notre Dame are proud that the United States Department of State has placed these important issues in Professor Carozza’s very capable hands,” said G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School.
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