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Professor Jorge Contesse

J.S.D., Yale
LL.M., Yale
LL.B., Diego Portales University (Chile)


International Human Rights, International Law and a Just World Order, Criminal Law, Current Topics before the U.S. Supreme Court 


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Jorge Contesse

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Contesse received his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal . He has been a Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights at Fordham University School of Law, a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law, a visiting resource professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and an assistant professor at Diego Portales University School of Law in Santiago, Chile, from which he received his degree in law and social science. Prior to joining the Rutgers’ faculty in 2013, Contesse held an appointment as a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law’s Schell Center for International Human Rights. He served as a board member on the National Human Rights Institute in Santiago, Chile.

Contesse has lectured widely on international human rights developments in the inter-American human rights system. He also has edited four books on human rights in Chile and is the author of several articles on constitutional theory and international human rights law. His article, “Transnational Conversations: International Law and Domestic Adjudication” (with Fernando Basch) will be included in Latin American Casebook: Courts, Rights and the Constitution (forthcoming, Ashgate Publishing). Professor Contesse has litigated and acted as expert witness in cases before both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on issues regarding sexual orientation, the use of anti-terrorist laws, freedom of expression and the rights of indigenous peoples.


Articles and Chapters

“Inter-American constitutionalism: the interaction between human rights and progressive constitutional law in Latin America,” in Law and Society in Latin America, César Rodriguez Garavito, ed. (Routledge, 2014).

Foreword—Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction, and Human Rights, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 751 (2011) (with A.L. Beltrán y Puga, C. Bettinger- López, P. García-Rey, D. Hortsch, R. Kaufman & N. Tuszynski).

“Indigenous Peoples in Chile: The Quest to Become a Constitutional Entity,” 55 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 19 (2011).

“It’s Not OK: New Zealand’s Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women,” 32 Fordham Int'’l L.J. 1770 (2008-2009) (with Jeanmarie Fenrich).

“Access to Medical Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS: Success Without Victory in Chile,” 8 Sur— Int’l Hum. Rts. L.J. 150 (2008) (with Domingo Lovera).

“The Rebel Democracy: A Look Into the Relationship Between the Mapuche People and the Chilean State,” 26 Chicana/O-Latina/O L. Rev. 131 (2006).

Books (in Spanish):

No Nos Toman En Cuenta: Pueblos Indígenas y Consulta Previa en las Pisciculturas de la Araucanía (co-coord., 2013)

El Convenio 169 de la Oit y el Derecho Chileno: Mecanismos y Obstáculos Para Su Implementación. (editor, 2012).