Sarah H. Cleveland

Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute

Sarah H. Cleveland

Sarah
H.
Cleveland
Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute

Sarah H. Cleveland is the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, and Faculty Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University Law School in New York, where she teaches and writes in the areas of international law, human rights, national security and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations.

Cleveland is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law and the UK/Canadian High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, a Council Member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and a Commissioner with the International Commission of Jurists. She was formerly Vice Chair and Member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2015-2018) and Member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (2010-2019), and served as Co-Coordinating Reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States (2012-18). From 2009 to 2011, Cleveland served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she helped supervise the office's legal work relating to human rights, counterterrorism, the law of armed conflict, and international justice. where she helped supervise the office's legal work relating to human rights, counterterrorism, the law of armed conflict, and international justice. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, she is a graduate of Brown University (A.B.), Oxford University (M.St.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).  

She has written widely on issues of international law, national security, and human rights, including Human Rights (Foundation Press, 2nd ed. 2009 and update 2013); Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Age of Connectivity, in Système de Protection des Droits de L’Homme des Nations Unies : Présent et Avenir (University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, 2017); Defining and Punishing Offenses Under Treaties (Yale L. J. 2015); Embedded International Law and the Constitution Abroad (Colum. L. Rev. 2010); and Our International Constitution (Yale J. Int'l L. 2006).  including Human Rights (Foundation Press, 2nd ed. 2009 and update 2013); Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Age of Connectivity, in Système de Protection des Droits de L’Homme des Nations Unies : Présent et Avenir (University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, 2017); Defining and Punishing Offenses Under Treaties (Yale L. J. 2015); Embedded International Law and the Constitution Abroad (Colum. L. Rev. 2010); and Our International Constitution (Yale J. Int'l L. 2006).  She has taught at the Harvard, Michigan, and University of Texas law schools; Oxford University, Sciences-Po University, Paris, the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and the European University Institute, Florence.

 

Office Hours Fall 2019: Monday 3-5pm, Tuesday 3-5pm

Education
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
  • M.St., Lincoln College, University of Oxford, 1989
  • A.B., Brown University, 1987
Areas of Expertise
  • International human rights
  • National security and international humanitarian law
  • Foreign affairs and the Constitution
  • International law in U.S. courts
  • Federal civil procedure
Publications
  • Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Age of Connectivity, in Système de Protection des Droits de L’Homme des Nations Unies : Présent et Avenir (University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, 2017)
  • Human Rights casebook (co-author with Louis Henkin), 2009 (2nd edition) and 2013 (update)  
  • “Defining and Punishing Offenses Under Treaties,” Yale Law Journal, 2015 
  • “After Kiobel,” Journal of International Criminal Justice, 2014
  • “The Kiobel Presumption and Extraterritoriality,” 52 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 8, 2013 
  • “Embedded International Law and the Constitution Abroad,” Columbia Law Review, 2010
  • “Our International Constitution,” Yale Journal International Law, 2006
  • “Powers Inherent in Sovereignty: Indians, Aliens, Territories and the Nineteenth Century Origins of Plenary Power Over Foreign Affairs,” Texas Law Review, 2002
  • “Human Rights Sanctions and International Trade: A Theory of Compatibility,” Journal of International Economic Law, 2002 
  • “Norm Internalization and U.S. Economic Sanctions,” Yale Journal International Law, Winter 2001
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Courses
Civil Procedure
Human Rights
Legal Methods II: Transnational Law and Legal Process
S. Advanced Human Rights Practicum
S. International Lawyering for Governments