Dinah Shelton

Discipline: International Politics and Law

Dinah Shelton is the Manatt/Ahn professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. She joined the faculty in 2004 after serving as professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1996-2004. She previously taught in universities in California and has lectured at universities on every continent. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Shelton is the author or editor of three prize-winning books: Protecting Human Rights in the Americas; Remedies in International Human Rights Law; and the three volume Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity. She also has authored many articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law. She has served as a legal consultant to numerous intergovernmental organizations. In 2009, she became the first woman nominated by the United States to become a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States. She was elected to a four-year term in June, 2009 and in 2010 she served as president of the Commission. In 2011, she was awarded an honorate doctorate in law by the University of Stockholm.