In 2006, Georgetown Law established the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights. This position is designed to bring distinguished human rights practitioners to Georgetown Law to teach and engage with our community.

We are pleased to welcome Stephen Rapp as the 2017-2018 Robert F. Drinan Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown Law. From 2009 to 2015, Professor Rapp served as the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. While at Georgetown this fall, Professor Rapp is teaching a seminar course on the future of international criminal justice.

Past Drinan Chairs

  • 2016-2017: François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Full Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law
  • 2015-2016: Eric Rosenthal (L’92), Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International
  • 2013-2014: Bela Kapur (LL.M.’92), former U.N. Human Rights and Political Affairs Officer
  • 2011-2012: Gay McDougall, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues
  • 2009-2010: Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations
  • 2008-2009: Fatsah Ouguergouz, Justice, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • 2007-2008: Thomas Buergenthal, former Judge, International Court of Justice