Diane Desierto

Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs

4123 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-4464

Diane Desierto

Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs

Areas of expertise: International law, including international economic law; human rights; development; humanitarian law; comparative constitutional and other public law; maritime security

Diane A. Desierto joined the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in August 2018. She teaches International Law and Human Rights; Human Rights, Sustainability, and the Global Commons; Trade, Investment, and Human Rights; and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Her research publications focus on overlapping areas of public international law and dispute settlement; international economic law and development and its structural, normative, and interdisciplinary intersections with international human rights and humanitarian law; comparative constitutional and other public law; maritime security, and the evolving regional law of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Desierto serves as a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, an integral part of the Keough School, and she takes an active role in advancing the Center’s mission.

Desierto is also active as lead/collaborating counsel in human rights and public interest-related economic disputes in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including in matters successfully litigated before the UN Human Rights Committee, the International Criminal Court, the Philippine Supreme Court, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, for which she has consistently been rated as one of the world’s “Future Leaders in Arbitration” by Who’s Who Legal. She is also a listed arbitrator at the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Centre and served an initial term as an academic council member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration.

Desierto is the author of around 100 law review articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews in the Georgetown Journal of International Law, Yale Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Asian Journal of International Law, Journal of World Trade and Investment, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Berkeley Journal of International Law, American Review of International Arbitration, and ICSID Review, as well as books such as Necessity and National Emergency Clauses: Sovereignty in Modern Treaty Interpretation (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012, which won the Ambrose Gherini Prize for International Law at Yale Law School), Public Policy in International Economic Law: The ICESCR in Trade, Finance, and Investment (Oxford University Press, 2015), and two books on arbitration practice and the legal profession in the Philippines.

She has co-authored forthcoming books with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Textbook on International Economic Law, with F. Baetens and M. Waibel), Routledge (ASEAN Law and Regional Integration: Governance and the Rule of Law in ASEAN’s Single Market, with D. Cohen), and Hart Publishing (The Constitutional System of the Philippines, with A. Molo), and is finalizing her latest book manuscript on rewriting the theory and practice of reparations in international law.

Prior to joining the Keough School, Desierto held law faculty appointments at the University of Hawaii and Peking University School of Transnational Law. She has been a visiting professor of international economic law and development at the University of Paris-Nanterre X in Paris; senior fellow of the KFG Humboldt-Potsdam Berlin Research Project; faculty fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; and director of studies and faculty of the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Desierto also worked as Yale Law Clerk at the International Court of Justice, legal advisor to then-Philippines Senate President and Foreign Relations Committee Vice-Chair Hon. Edgardo J. Angara, and law reform consultant for the Philippines Constitutional Commission on Elections.

Desierto is an alumna of Yale Law School (Doctor of the Science of Law and Master of Laws), the University of the Philippines (juris doctor cum laude salutatorian, B.S. in economics summa cum laude valedictorian), the Academie du droit de l’arbitrage in Paris (RU Laureate of the Academy), and the Xiamen Academy of International Law in China.  She is fluent in English, Filipino, and Cebuano, with basic reading proficiency in Francaise and Español.

Recent Work

News: Diane Desierto addresses UN on right to development, forthcoming treaty