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Penny Venetis

J.D., Boston College
M.A., Columbia
B.A., Columbia


International Human Rights Clinic


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Penny M. Venetis

Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise Scholar
(on leave Fall 2015)

Prior to joining Rutgers–Newark in 1994, Professor Venetis clerked for Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She also practiced law with the firm O’Melveny & Myers for four years. While there, she worked on complex commercial litigation as well as human rights projects. Among those projects was working with the UN Special Rapporteur investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. She also investigated human rights abuses in the implementation of Peru’s anti-terrorism laws.

At Rutgers-Newark, Professor Venetis specializes in civil rights and international human rights impact litigation. Among other things, she has worked on cutting edge issues concerning the human rights of political asylum seekers and immigrants detained in the aftermath of 9/11. Her work focuses on the interplay between international human rights law and U.S. constitutional law. Professor Venetis earned a B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School.


“Enforcing Human Rights in the United States: Which Tribunals Are Best Suited to Adjudicate Treaty-Based Human Rights Claims?” 23 Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, 121 (2014)

“Making Human Rights Treaty Law Actionable in the United States: the Case for Universal Implementing Legislation,” 63 Alabama Law Review 97, 2011

“The Unconstitutionality of Oklahoma’s SQ 755 and Other Provisions Like It, which Bar State Courts from Considering International Law,” 59 Cleveland State Law Review 189, 2011