Human Rights Clinic

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Human Rights Clinic News

August 14, 2018: Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic along with a coalition of three other South Florida-based community organizations announces grant award from the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

August 7, 2018: Human Rights Clinic Augments Expertise with New Associate Director

June 15, 2018:  Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Publishes Op-Ed in Foreign Affairs Magazine: Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision, The U.S. Turns Its Back on Domestic Violence Victims

April 17, 2018: Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Publishes Essay in Foreign Affairs Magazine: The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism 

March 30, 2018: Human Rights Clinic Students Advocate for Rural Women's Right to Food at UN

March 21, 2018: Joe Biden and Professor Carrie Bettinger-Lopez Call for a Change in Culture

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The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the U.S. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, domestic law and policy, and multidimensional strategies, such as community organizing, political activism, and global networking, to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors.

The Clinic represents clients in litigation before international, foreign, and domestic tribunals, and collaborates with organizational partners on human rights advocacy campaigns, documentation projects, legislative advocacy, report-writing, and research. Focus areas include gender violence, racial justice, and immigrants’ rights.

 

(Pictured: Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students together with Professor Bettinger-Lopez.) 

 

Professor Bettinger Lopez talking with studentsHuman Rights Clinic students are deeply engaged in 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 sharpening 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. 

 

Working in case/project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research (legal and non-legal, international and domestic), legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking.

Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, the use of interdisciplinary methodologies for documenting and responding to human rights violations, and the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects, usually during break periods.

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Clinic Projects

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.
(Pictured: Clinic students 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.)

The projects cover the full range of human rights advocacy. Past projects have focused on:

Gender Justice

Stand Your Ground Laws

Human Rights in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Migrants’ Rights/Immigrants’ Rights

Juvenile Justice

United Nations(UN) Advocacy

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

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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

LEADERSHIP

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director, Human Rights Clinic

Tamar Ezer

Tamar Ezer, Associate Director, Practitioner-in-Residence Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
Human Rights Clinic Director (and former White House Advisor Against Women) Caroline Bettinger-Lopez with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 20, 2018).

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Human Rights Clinic students Maria Rodriguez, Riva Ryan, and Danielle Befeler attended the YWCA Congressional Hearing on eliminating racism and empowering women in Washington DC (April 25, 2018).

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

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

LEADERSHIP

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López, Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Director, Human Rights Clinic

Tamar Ezer

Tamar Ezer, Associate Director, Practitioner-in-Residence Human Rights Clinic and Lecturer in Law

PHOTOS

See more photos of the Human Rights Clinic in action on Flickr


Carrie Bettinger Lopez with Joe Biden
Human Rights Clinic Director (and former White House Advisor Against Women) Caroline Bettinger-Lopez with former Vice President Biden at the It's On Us Rally at the University of Miami (March 20, 2018).

clinic students
Human Rights Clinic students Maria Rodriguez, Riva Ryan, and Danielle Befeler attended the YWCA Congressional Hearing on eliminating racism and empowering women in Washington DC (April 25, 2018).

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