Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Human Rights Clinic
J.D. 2003, Columbia Law School
B.A. 1997, University of Michigan
Caroline Bettinger-López is an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching focus on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level.
Her main regional focus is the United States and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education.
Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights system, federal and state courts and legislative bodies, and the United Nations.
Prior to joining Miami Law, Bettinger-López was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Lecturer-in-Law and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. There, she helped to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network, a network of over 450 lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies in the U.S.
Before that, Bettinger-López worked as a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project, and as a clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York.