C. Cora True-Frost L’01

Cora True-Frost L’01Bond, Schoeneck and King Distinguished Professor
Professor of Law

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Bond, Shoeneck and King Distinguished Professor Cora True-Frost L’01 specializes in international law. Her recent focus is on conflicts between interpretations of international human rights and regional human rights law in the area of discrimination. Her primary research interest is in how change occurs at the international level.

In Fall of 2022, she is the Fulbright Scholar at Pluricourts-the Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo. Her scholarship draws on experiences defending individuals accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, leading the Nongovernmental Organization Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security at the UN headquarters to advocate to the UN Security Council, and parenting a child with multiple disabilities. She is a co-editor and author of The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints with Martha Minow and Alex Whiting. The subjects of her published articles and chapters encompass international disability law and human rights, ICC prosecution, terrorism and human rights law, and the UN Security Council.

Before joining the faculty, True-Frost was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, where she earned an LL.M., taught first-year legal research and writing, and taught a seminar in International Law. She was also a Safra Foundation Fellow at Harvard University. True-Frost earned a J.D./M.P.A. magna cum laude as one of two Law Fellows at the College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She was Lead Articles Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

Prior to entering academia, True-Frost founded the Women’s Justice Unit at the Judicial Systems Monitoring Programme in East Timor, which continues to serve women today. She also served as Legal Consultant to the Fofana Defense Team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She was a Litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP and a Summer Associate at White & Case LLP.

In Spring of 2022, she was an Erasmus Scholar at the University of Bialystok School of Law. In recognition of her excellence in teaching, True-Frost received Syracuse University’s L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2017. In 2018, the graduating LL.M. class awarded her the Lex Lucet Mundum award for her significant impact on master’s degree students. In addition to her research and teaching, True-Frost is the Faculty Director of Impunity Watch News and the Journal of Global Rights and Organizations. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to the Journal of International Law and Commerce and the Women’s Law Student Association. In 2015, she was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a member of the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. True-Frost also lectures widely at academic and professional conferences and to lay audiences of parents and families of people with disabilities.


  • Harvard Law School
    LL.M. 2006
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude 2001
  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
    M.P.A. 2001
  • Trinity University
    B.A. 1992