David Weissbrodt

David WeissbrodtProfessor David S. Weissbrodt is a distinguished and widely published scholar of international human rights law. He teaches international human rights law, administrative law, immigration law, and torts. In 2005, he was appointed as the first Regents Professor at the Law School. Since 1998 he also been the Fredrikson and Byron Professor of Law. He also was the Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law for 1989-97 and the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 1985-86.

Professor Weissbrodt attended Columbia University and the London School of Economics. He received his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Mathew O. Tobriner of the California Supreme Court and practiced law with Covington & Burling. He joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1975 and has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He established the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and helped to establish the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library on the World Wide Web. He has represented and served as an officer or board member of Amnesty International, the Center for Victims of Torture, the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Readers International, and the International League for Human Rights. During 1996-2003 he served as a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and was elected Chairperson of the Sub-Commission for the year 2001-02. He also was designated the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the rights of non-citizens for 2000-03. In 1998 he was awarded the Twin Cities International Citizen Award. In 1999, the University of Minnesota honored him with its Outstanding Community Service Award. In 2003 Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights gave him its annual Human Rights Award. He also is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Society of International Law, and on the editorial review boards of Human Rights Quarterly and the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.

Books
  • The Common Law Process of Torts (2004) (with Donald Marshall).
  • The Rights of Non-citizens, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/23 (2003).
  • Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms, U.N. Doc. HR/PUB/02/4 (2002) (with Anti-Slavery International).
  • International Human Rights: Law, Policy, and Process (1st ed. 1990, Supp. 1994, 2d ed., 1996, 3rd ed. 2001) (with Joan Fitzpatrick and Frank Newman).
  • Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights Law (2001) (with Joan Fitzpatrick and Frank Newman).
  • Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring (U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Professional Training Series No. 7, 2001).
  • The Right to a Fair Trial under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - Background, Development, and Interpretations (2001).
  • Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell (1st ed. 1984, 2d ed. 1989, 3d ed. 1992, 4th ed. 1998).
  • The Right to a Fair Trial (1997) (with Rüdiger Wolfrum).
  • Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights Law (1996) (with Frank Newman).
  • Handbook on International Standards Relating to Pre-Trial Detention (1994).
  • The U.N. Commission On Human Rights, Its Sub-Commission, and Related Procedures: An Orientation Manual (1993) (with Penny L. Parker).
  • The Failed Promise: Human Rights in the Philippines Since the Revolution of 1986 (1991) (with D. Bitel, M. Einfeld & D.J.
  • Ravindran).
  • Humanitarian Rights, NGOs and Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict (working paper of the Institut Henry-Dunant No. 1, 1986).
  • Study of Amnesty International's Role in Situations of Armed Conflict and Internal Strife (1984).
  • Amnesty International Report on Allegations of Ill-Treatment of Prisoners at Archambault Institution (1983).
Articles
  • Do Human Rights Treaties Make Things Worse?, Foreign Policy 88 (January/February 2003).
  • Founders' Reflections: The Beginning of Minnesota Advocates, and Minnesota's Place in the Human Rights World, 15 Human Rights Observer 4 (Issue 1, April 2003).
  • International Criminal Justice Standards, in 2 Joshua Dressler et al., eds., Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice 835 (2d ed. 2002). Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/WG.2/WP.1 (2002) (See also http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/principlesW-OutCommentary5final.html)
  • Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, Introduction, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/WG.2/WP.1, Add. 1 (2002) (See also http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/introduction05-01-02final.html)
  • Human Rights Principles and Responsibilities for Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Commentary on the Principles, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/WG.2/WP.1, Add. 2 (2002) (See also http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/PrinciplesWithCommentary5final.html)
  • Human Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals and Non-State Entities, in Justice Pending: Indigenous Peoples and Other Good Causes 239 (Gudmunder Alfredsson & Maria Stavropolou, eds. 2002).
  • David Weissbrodt, Bret Thiele, Mayra Gomez, and Muria Kruger, A Review of the Fifth-Third Session of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 20 Neth. Q. Hum. Rts. 231 (2002).
  • Draft Universal Human Rights Guidelines for Companies, Introduction, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.2/WP.1 (2001).
  • Draft Universal Human Rights Guidelines for Companies, Addendum 1, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.2/WP.1/Add.1 (2001).
  • Draft Universal Human Rights Guidelines for Companies, Addendum 2, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.2/WP.1/Add.2 (2001).
  • Weissbrodt & Parker, Report of the Seminar to Discuss U.N. Human Rights Guidelines for Companies, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.2/WP.1/Add.3 (2001).
  • Weissbrodt, Gomez & Thiele, Summary of Developments at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, ACLU International Civil Liberties Report 32 (2001).
  • The Way Ahead for the AI Mandate, A.I. Doc. Pol 21/03/00 (2000) (with Peter Pack).
  • Updated Review of the Implementation of and Follow-Up of the Conventions on Slavery, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/2000/3 & Add.1 (2000) (with Anti-Slavery International).
  • Principles Relating to the Human Rights Conduct of Companies, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/WP.2/ WP.1 & Add.1 & 2 (2000).
  • Human Rights and International Law and Institutions, in Common Law, Common Values, Common Rights 93 (Peter Goldsmith & Roberta Cooper Ramo eds., 2000).
  • An Analysis of the Fifty-first Session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 22 Hum. Rts. Q. 788 (2000) (with Mayra Gomez and Bret Thiele).
  • The Beginning of a Sessional Working Group on Transnational Corporations Within the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, in Liability of Multinational Corporations Under International Law 119 (Menno T. Kamminga & Saman Zia-Zarifi eds., 2000).
  • Travaux Préparatoires of the Fair Trial Provisions - Articles 8 to 11 - of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 21 Human Rts. Q. 1061 (1999) (with Matthew Hallendorff).
  • The Principle of Non-Refoulement, 5 Buffalo Human Rights L. Rev. 1 (1999)(with Isabel Hörtreiter).
  • Highlights of the Fiftieth Session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 17 J. Law & Inequality 445 (1999)(with Mayra Gomez and Bret Thiele).
  • An Analysis of the Forty-ninth Session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 11 Harvard Human Rts. J. 221 (1998) (with Shinobu Garrigues & Roman Kroke).
  • Vajsbrot, Univerzalna deklaracija o ljudskim pravima, 1-2 Ljudska Prava 19 (1998).
  • Reminiscences of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology 317 (Barend van der Heijden & Bahia Tahzib-Lie, eds., 1998).
  • Preface, Amnesty International, in Pair Trials Manual (1998).
  • Non-State Entities and Human Rights within the Context of the Nation-State in the 21st Century, in The Nation-State in the 21st Century (Jacqueline Smith ed., 1998).
  • Mayra Gomez & Bret Thiele, Brief Summary of the 50th Session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 16 Neth. Q. Hum. Rts. 553 (1998).
  • Review of Developments at the 48th Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 15 Netherlands Q. Hum. Rts. 103 (1997).

  • U.N. Implementation of the Prohibition against Torture as to Turkey, 20 Ans Consacré Á la Réalisation d'unde Idée 249 (1997) (edited by Claudine Haenni).
  • Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights, 6 Minn. J. Global Trade 200 (1996) (with Marci Hoffman).
  • United Nations 50th Anniversary and Origins of International Human Rights Law, 65 Hennepin Lawyer 4 (No. 2 Nov.-Dec. 1995). 1995 Developments at the U.N. Sub-commission of Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, in ACLU Int'l Civil Liberties Rep. 27 (1996).
  • Highlights of the Forty-Sixth Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission, 1995 Civ. Liberties Rep. 5 (with Mahling).
  • Implementation of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Armed Conflict, 293 Int'l Rev. Red Cross 120 (1993) (with Hicks).
  • The Forty-Fourth Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and the Special Session of the Commission on Human Rights on the Situation in the Former Yugoslavia, 15 Hum. Rts. Q. 410 (1993) (with Alya Z. Kayal & Penny L. Parker).
  • Major Developments at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1992, 14 Hum. Rts. Q. 122 (1993) (with Pitts).
  • A Brief Historical Introduction to International Human Rights Law, 17 L. Stud. 13 (1992).
  • The Forty-Third Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities: The Sub-Commission Under Scrutiny, 14 Hum. Rts. Q. 232 (1992) (with Karen Reierson).
  • The Right to a Fair Trial; Amnesty International's Work and Developing Standards, 3 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 6 (1992).
  • Major Developments at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1991, 8 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 19 (1991) (with Penny L. Parker).
  • Major Developments at the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1991, 13 Hum. Rts. Q. 573 (1991) (with Penny L. Parker).
  • The Forty-Second Session of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 13 Hum. Rts. Q. 260 (1991) (with Reed Brody & Maureen Convery).
  • The Effectiveness of International Human Rights Pressures: The Case of Argentina 1976-1983, 75 Minn. L. Rev. 1009 (1991) (with Maria Luisa Bartolomei).
  • International Human Rights Law: The Year in Review, 84 Proc. Am. Soc'y Int'l L. 139 (1990).
  • Convention Against Torture, Hearings before the Senate Comm. on Foreign Relations, 100th Cong., 2nd Sess. 77 (1990) (testimony of David Weissbrodt).
  • The Forty-First Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 12 Hum. Rts. Q. 290 (1990) (with Robin M. Maher).
  • The New United Nations Standards for the Investigation of Arbitrary Killings, 13 Hamline L. Rev. 579 (1990) (with Rosen).
  • Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights Law, 13 Hamline L. Rev. 673 (1990) (with Lyonette Louis-Jacques).
  • Politics and International Human Rights, Barrister, Fall 1990, at 50 (with Penny L. Parker).
  • Major Developments in 1990 at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 12 Hum. Rts. Q. 559 (1990) (with Reed Brody & Penny L. Parker).
  • Ways International Organizations Can Improve Implementation of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Armed Conflict, New Directions in Human Rights 63 (1989) (with Brennan & Brody) (edited by K. Burke, H. Hannum & E. Lutz).
  • The Fortieth Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 5 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 15 (1988).
  • Major Developments at the 1989 Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 11 Hum. Rts. Q. 586 (1989) (with Reed Brody).
  • Prospects for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 83 Proc. Am. Soc'y Int'l L. 529 (1989).
  • The United Nations Commission on Human Rights Confirms Conscientious Objection to Military Service as a Human Right, 35 Netherlands Int'l L. J. 53 (1988).
  • The Development of International Human Rights Law, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-1988: Human Rights, the United Nations and Amnesty International 17 (1988) (with O'Toole).
  • A Note on Amnesty International's Work on Behalf of Prisoners of Conscience, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-1988: Human Rights, the United Nations and Amnesty International 101 (1988).
  • A Note on Amnesty International's Work for Fair Trials in Political Cases, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-1988: Human Rights, the United Nations and Amnesty International 105 (1988).
  • Execution of Juvenile Offenders by the United States Violates International Human Rights Law, 3 Am. U.J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 339 (1988).
  • The Right of Life During Armed Conflict: Disabled Peoples' International v. United States, 29 Harv. Int'l L. J. 59 (1988) (with Andrus).
  • The Role of International Organizations in the Implementation of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Armed Conflict, 21 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 313 (1988).
  • International Factfinding in Regard to Torture, 57 Nordic J. Int'l L. 151 (1988).
  • Country-Related and Thematic Developments at the 1988 Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 10 Hum. Rts. Q. 544 (1988).
  • The Thirty-Ninth Session of the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, 10 Hum. Rts. Q. 487 (1988) (with Sonja Rosen).
  • Human Rights: An Historical Perspective, Human Rights 1 (1988) (edited by P. Davies).
  • Report on the Forty-Third Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 4 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 10 (1987).
  • Report on the Fifth Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, 12 Hum. Rts. Internet Rep. 65 (1987).
  • United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Forty-Third Session, 12 Hum. Rts. Internet Rep. 67 (1987).
  • Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict: The Role of International Nongovernmental Organizations, 24 J. Peace Res. 297 (1987).
  • The Role of International Nongovernmental Organizations in the Implementation of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Situations of Armed Conflict, 24 J. Peace Res. 297 (1987).
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Finds Application Against U.S. Admissible, Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Newsl., Nov.-Dec. 1986, at 1.
  • The Three "Theme" Special Rapporteurs of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 80 Am. J. Int'l L. 685 (1986).
  • The Forty-Second Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 3 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 22 (1986).
  • International Legal Action Against Apartheid, 4 Law & Inequality 485 (1986) (with Mahoney).
  • Andrei Sakharov, Minn. Daily, May 8, 1986, at 7.
  • Ethical Problems of the International Human Rights Practice, 7 Mich. Y.B. Int'l Legal Stud. 217 (1985).
  • The Third Session of the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations, 13 Aboriginal L. Bull. 12 (1985).
  • Report on the Forty-First Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 1 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Network Newsl. 8 (1985).
  • Beyond the Supreme Court: Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the International Level, Hennepin Law., Mar.-Apr. 1985, at 14.
  • An International Report on the Fourth Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, 16 Aboriginal L. Bull. 10 (1985).
  • United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights, 7 Whittier L. Rev. 697 (1985).
  • Commemorating a Milestone in the Protection of Human Rights, Minneapolis Star & Tribune, Dec. 10, 1985, at 8A.
  • The Process of Observing Elections, Guidelines for International Election Observing (1984) (edited by L. Garber).
  • The Forty-First Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 1 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Newsl. 11 (1984).
  • The U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations-A Pathbreaking Human Rights Body or an Aberration?, 1 A.I.U.S.A. Legal Support Newsl. 30 (1984).
  • International Measures Against Arbitrary Killings by Governments, 77 Proc. Am. Soc'y Int'l L. 378 (1983).
  • The Second Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, Aboriginal L. Notes (1983) at 1.
  • The First Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, Aboriginal L. Notes (1983) at 1.
  • NGOs and the International Standard Setting Process, 3 Mennesker og Rettigheter 20 (1983).
  • Summary Report of the Conference on Human Rights Fact-Finding, 2 Studie-en-Informatiecentrum Mensenrechten 23 (1983).
  • International Trial Observers, 18 Stan. J. Int'l L. 27 (1982).
  • A New United Nations Mechanism for Encouraging the Ratification of Treaties, 76 Am. J. Int'l L. 418 (1982).
  • Fact-Finding by Nongovernmental Organizations, International Law and Fact-Finding in the Field of Human Rights (1982) (with James McCarthy) (edited by B. Ramcharan).
  • Strategies for the Selection and Pursuit of International Human Rights Objectives, 8 Yale J. World Pub. Ord. 62 (1981).
  • Human Rights Fact-Finding by Nongovernmental Organizations, 22 Va. J. Int'l L. 1 (1981) (with James McCarthy).
  • The 1980 U.N. Commission on Human Rights and the Disappeared, 1 Hum. Rts. Q. 18 (1981) (with Kramer).
  • The Influence of Interest Groups on the Development of United States Foreign Policies, The Dynamics of U.S. Foreign Policy 229 (1981) (edited by N. Hevener).
  • Human Rights Implementation and Fact-finding by International Organizations, 74 Proc. Am. Soc'y Int'l L. 17 (1980).
  • Lawyers and Prisoners of Conscience, Hennepin Law., Nov.-Dec. 1978, at 23.
  • United States Ratification of the Human Rights Covenants, 63 Minn. L. Rev. 35 (1978).
  • The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in the Implementation of Human Rights, 12 Tex. Int'l L. J. 293 (1977).
  • Human Rights Legislation and United States Foreign Policy, 7 Ga. J. Int. & Comp. L. 231 (1977).
  • Domestic Legal Activity in Furtherance of International Human Rights Goals, Implementing International Human Rights Through the Domestic Legal Process at 10 (1976)
  • Conscientious Objection to Military Service As a Human Right, 9 Rev. Int'l Commission Jurists 33 (1972) (with Schaffer).
  • Exhaustion of Remedies in the Context of the Racial Discrimination Convention, 2 Hum. Rts. J. 632 (1969) (with Schaffer). Comment, The Death Penalty Cases, 56 Cal. L. Rev. 1268 (1968).
Book Reviews
  • 90 AJIL 705 (1996) (with Richard B. Bilder) (reviewing Matthew C.R. Craven, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on Its Development (1995)).
  • 14 Hum. Rts. Q. 601 (1992) (with Paul W. Fraser) (reviewing National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, The Report of the Chilean National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation (1991)).
  • 85 Am. J. Int'l L. 420 (1991) (reviewing M. Frankel & E. Saideman, Out of the Shadows of Night: The Struggle for International Human Rights (1989)).
  • 85 Am. J. Int'l L. 218 (1991) (reviewing Rita Maran, Torture: The Role of Ideology in the French-Algerian War (1989)).
  • 5 Interights Bull. 21 (1990) (reviewing J. Burgers & H. Danielius, The United Nations Convention Against Torture: A Handbook on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment and Punishment (1988)).
  • 84 Am. J. Int'l L. 790 (1990) (reviewing B. Ramcharan, The Concept and Present Status of International Protection of Human Rights (1988)).
  • 0 Hum. Rts. Q. 134 (1988) (reviewing Hans Toolen & Berth Verstappen, Human Rights Missions (1986).