Associate Professor Cora True-Frost L’01 is an expert in international law and constitutional and human rights law. Her primary research interests include the development of international norms, with a particular focus on the role of international organizations and the United Nations Security Council in these processes.
Her scholarship draws on experiences defending individuals accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, and leading the Nongovernmental Organization Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security at the UN headquarters to advocate to the UN Security Council. 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 ICC prosecution, terrorism and human rights law, and the UN Security Council and international norms.
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.
Before 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 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 and an advisor to the College of Law’s Philip A. Jessup international Law Moot Court Competition team. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to the National Women’s Law Student Association and the Syracuse University Program on Refugee Assistance. In 2015, she was appointed by New York Gov. Mario Cuomo to be a member of the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.