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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Faculty & Research Centers

Claude d'Estrée, Teaching Professor

Claude d'Estrée Josef Korbel School of International Studies Lecturer-in-LawDirector of the Center on Rights Development
Executive Director of the Human Trafficking Center
Director, International Human Rights Degree Program
Co-Director, Certificate Program on International Law & Human Rights (with Sturm College of Law)

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-6286

Office: 3113 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


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  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law
  • MTS, The Divinity School, Harvard University
  • BA, University of Northern Colorado

Research and Expertise

Forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery; international humanitarian law of armed conflict (IHL/LOAC); torture; international law; international law and human rights; national and homeland security law; comparative religion and spirituality; Buddhist philosophy

Professional Profile

  • Lecturer-in-Law, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2008-present); Visiting Professor of Law (2003- 2008); Director, International Human Rights Degree Program (2010-present); Director, Human Trafficking Center (HTC) (2008-present); Director, Center on Rights Development (CORD) (2007-present); Chair, Task Force on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking (2003-2008); Senior Fellow, Institute on Globalization and Security (IGLOS) (2003-2008)
  • Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition, Yale University (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, International Disaster Psychology Program, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver (2007-2010)
  • Special Rapporteur, UN.GIFT (United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) (2007-present)
  • Instructor, Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute (2006-present)
  • Consultant, Department of Energy/Department of Interior (Energy Right-of-Ways and Indian Country) (2006-2010)
  • Visiting Professor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver (2002-2005)
  • Visiting Scholar, Departments of Philosophy and Religion, University of Denver (2002-2004)
  • Senior Advisor, Colorado Task Force on Human Trafficking, Colorado State Legislature (2005-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Institute on Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), George Mason University (1999-2001)
  • Supervisor, Asset Forfeiture Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO-DC) (1998-2002)
  • President, Arizona Teachings, Inc. (ATI) (1992-2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Communications, University of Arizona (1990-1992)
  • Buddhist Chaplain: Harvard University (1979-1990); University of Arizona (1990-1998); George Mason University (1998-2002); University of Denver (2002-present)
  • Member: Religion-Reconciliation Roundtable and Buddhism Roundtable, U.S. Department of State; International Religious Freedom in Europe and Asia Roundtable; U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Religion and Mass Atrocity Prevention Roundtable, Genocide Prevention Task Force, United States Institute of Peace.



  • INTS 4987: Forced Labor & Human Trafficking
  • INTS 4928: Torture
  • INTS 4935: International Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflict (IHL/LOAC)
  • INTS 4936: International Law and Human Rights
  • INTS 4955: Human Trafficking Clinic
  • INTS 4969: National Security Law