Human Rights Clinic

Welcome to the Human Rights Clinic

**Please note the Human Rights Clinic is not operational for the next two years due to Director Carrie Bettinger-López’s White House appointment.** 

The Human Rights Clinic, which launched in January 2011, exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, and international levels.

In the classroom, students critically engage with human rights law and contemporary social problems while honing their lawyering and advocacy skills. Outside the classroom, students gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge human rights projects and cases before the United Nations, the Inter-American human rights system, U.S. courts, and in other fora.

Clinic projects cover the full range of human rights advocacy, though in particular, projects focus on:

Gender Justice

Stand Your Ground Laws

Human Rights in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Migrants’ Rights/Immigrants’ Rights

Juvenile Justice

United Nations(UN) Advocacy

 Faculty and Staff

Caroline Bettinger-López

Caroline Bettinger-López
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Human Rights Clinic
(305) 284-5923, E-256
clopez@law.miami.edu

Support Staff

Rose Dominguez

Rose Dominguez
Paralegal
305-284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

Danny Vargas

Danny Vargas
Paralegal
(305) 284-8537
dvargas@law.miami.edu

Learn More

Prospective Student Requirements
Clinic Projects
News & Media Coverage

CONTACT INFORMATION
Human Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E295A
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-1678
Fax: 305-284-6093

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PHOTOS

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Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students with Professor Bettinger-López
Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students with Professor Bettinger-López

Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students Lea Dartevelle and Miya Patel discuss the plight of Haitian deportees from the U.S. with a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) at UNHCR headquarters in Washington, DC.
Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students Lea Dartevelle and Miya Patel discuss the plight of Haitian deportees from the U.S. with a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) at UNHCR headquarters in Washington, DC.

Our delegation, consisting of Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and 3L Charlotte Cassel from the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic; Ahmad Abuznaid from Dream Defenders; Meena Jagannath from Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services; Niaz Kasravi from NAACP; and Alisa Bierria and Aleta Alston-Toure from Free Marissa Now Coalition, pose for a photo after the hearing with Sybrina Fulton, Ron Davis, and IACHR Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine.
Our delegation, consisting of Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and 3L Charlotte Cassel from the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic; Ahmad Abuznaid from Dream Defenders; Meena Jagannath from Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services; Niaz Kasravi from NAACP; and Alisa Bierria and Aleta Alston-Toure from Free Marissa Now Coalition, pose for a photo after the hearing with Sybrina Fulton, Ron Davis, and IACHR Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine.

Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.
Charlotte Cassel, 3L, makes opening remarks during a thematic hearing before the IACHR.

James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee
James Slater, 3L, delivers statement on immigration and deportations to Haiti before the UN Human Rights Committee

Human Rights Clinic students Daniella Peterson, James Slater, and Charlotte Cassel, together with Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Marleine Bastien from Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), and Meena Jagannath from the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, stand in front of the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva.
Human Rights Clinic students Daniella Peterson, James Slater, and Charlotte Cassel, together with Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Marleine Bastien from Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), and Meena Jagannath from the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, stand in front of the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva.