New York, June 24, 2014—Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland has been elected as the United States’ independent expert on the Human Rights Committee, a United Nations treaty body that monitors state implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Cleveland replaces Gerald L. Neuman, a former member of the Columbia Law School faculty, in the position also once held by the late Louis Henkin, the renowned Columbia law professor who is credited with founding the study of human rights law. Cleveland is the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and faculty co-director of the Law School’s Human Rights Institute.
Her scholarship often focuses on the interface between international human rights and national law, and she also has long been involved in implementing human rights obligations in practice. From 2009 to 2011, she was the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she helped supervise the department’s legal work relating to human rights and international justice, among other responsibilities.
Cleveland’s four-year term on the Human Rights Committee begins Jan. 1, 2015.