Renée LaReau | March 9, 2020
Diane Desierto has taught at universities on three continents and authored more than 100 publications, many of them in leading law journals. She also has recently been tasked by United Nations member states to assist in the drafting process for a new international treaty defining development as a human right.
“Our work as experts is to ensure that human rights remain central to any development decision made today and in the future,” said Desierto, associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs. “It’s a question of whether those decisions are people-centered and protect vulnerable populations.”
A dedication to justice infuses Desierto’s work as an attorney, teacher and prolific scholar of international law, development, humanitarian law, comparative constitutional and other public law, maritime security, and the regional law of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Her legal practice and scholarship centers on the belief that human rights should be at the heart of the international economic system and the laws that govern it. She’s been pleasantly surprised that international economic law has evolved over the past decade to reflect this understanding.
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