Paolo Carozza

Professor of Law; Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Paolo Carozza

1130F Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-3968

Paolo Carozza

Professor of Law; Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Comparative constitutional law; human rights; law and human development; international law; European and Latin American legal traditions

At the Keough School

Paolo Carozza is the director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies As director of one of the 9 international academic units within the Keough School, Carozza is a member of the Keough School’s Leadership Council.

Research and Publications

With expertise in comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law, Carozza’s work focuses geographically on Latin America and Western Europe. His current research focuses on 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 also directed its doctoral program in International Human Rights Law for a decade.

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 has 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.


In addition to his role at the Keough School, Carozza is professor of law and concurrent professor of political science at Notre Dame. He has been a visiting professor at various universities in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including as the John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and was a postgraduate Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School.