Claudia Josi

Claudia Josi is a Swiss-Peruvian lawyer who specializes in international human rights law, humanitarian law and transitional justice issues. She has extensive experience working with civil society and government institutions engaged in post-conflict management in Latin America, Europe and North Africa.

At Santa Clara, she teaches International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice. She also coaches the Moot Court teams for the Jean Pictet Competition and the Clara Barton Competition, moot courts on international humanitarian law. In spring 2013, SCU’s team made it to the finals, the first time a U.S. team made it so far in this competition.

She is Director of the Geneva Summer Abroad Program on International Law and Co-Director of the Costa Rica Summer Abroad Program on International Human Rights Law. From 2015-2016, she has also served as Interim Managing Director of the Center for Global Law and Policy.

Before joining Santa Clara, she worked as an attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica and as independent consultant with a number of international and non governmental organizations. In Peru she worked on behalf of victims of the Fujimori dictatorship who seek reparations and justice for the crimes committed by the state during the armed conflict. She also assisted in the creation of good governance protocols aimed at developing more responsive and participatory public administrations in Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. Most recently, she worked in Tunisia and Algeria as consultant to local human rights groups and victims organizations within the context of the “Arab Spring”.

She is a guest professor on human rights, humanitarian law and transitional justice at the Inter American University, in Puerto Rico, and the World Peace Academy, in Switzerland. Since 2008 serves as the director of the working group on transitional justice of the Latin-American Society for International Law (LASIL).

Claudia writes regularly for Corte IDH Blog ( on recent developments in the Inter-American Human Rights System and on IntLawGrrls on International Law, Policy, and Practice.


Ph. D. Candidate, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Master, International Studies, magna cum laude (specialization in International Law), Graduate Institute, Geneva

Diploma, Transnational Justice & Democratization, summa cum laude, University of Santiago de Chile

Master in Law, cum laude, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Areas of Specialization

International Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Direct Democracy

Courses taught 

Summer Law Study Abroad – International Human Rights Law

204 – Legal Aspects of War: Humanitarian Law

396 – Honors Moot Court External

367 – Transitional Justice

Summer Abroad Program in Geneva