Connie de la Vega

Connie de la Vega

Professor and Academic Director of International Programs and Dean's Circle Scholar

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-2296


Professor Connie de la Vega writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham and Sullivan v. Florida, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. De la Vega is the co–author of The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer, 2011) and International Human Rights Law: An Introduction (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Her latest publication The Guide to International Human Rights Procedures is forthcoming, July 2019. She established the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates.

BA, Scripps College
JD, UC Berkeley
Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Alameda County
Staff Attorney, East Palo Alto Community Law Project
Application of International Law in the U.S.
Death Penalty Law
Discrimination - Race
Human Rights
International Human Rights Law
International Law
Sentencing Practices
Awards & Distinctions

2016 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award, The State Bar of California International Law Section

Sarlo Prize, University of San Francisco (2011)

Dean's Circle Scholar, USF School of Law (2010)

A Practical Guide to Using International Human Rights and Criminal Law Procedures (Edward Elgar, 2019) (Co-authored with Alen Mirza.)
Dictionary of International Human Rights Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013) Read More
The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer, 2011) (Co-authored with Professor Emeritus Eldon Reiley.)
International Human Rights Law: An Introduction (Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007; published in paperback in 2010) (Co-authored with David S. Weissbrodt.)
Law Review and Journal Articles
“International Standards on Business and Human Rights: Is Drafting a New Treaty Worth It?,” 51 University of San Francisco Law Review 431 (2017). (Part IV reprinted in: 40 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review 187 (2017)) SSRN
“Using International Human Rights Standards to Affect Criminal Justice Reform in the United States,” 41 ABA Human Rights Magazine 13 (2015).
“The Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Vulnerable groups in Africa Pursuant to Treaty Obligations: CRC, CEDAW, CERD, & CRPD,” Washingto University Global Studies Law Review (2015). SSRN