Human Rights Clinic

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Human Rights Clinic Students

About the Clinic

The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the U.S. Students gain firsthand experience in cutting-edge human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, regional, and international levels. This includes engaging with the United Nations, Inter-American Court and Commission on Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, and other tribunals. Focus areas include gender discrimination & violence, racial justice, immigrant rights, and economic and social rights.

HRC draws on international human rights laws and norms, along with domestic law and policy. It engages in multidimensional advocacy strategies, which include documentation and report-writing, litigation, media engagement, work with legislative and administrative bodies, campaigning, community organizing, and global networking to develop practical solutions and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors.

 

Professor Bettinger Lopez talking with students

 

Students take a lead role in all aspects of cases and projects, and receive extensive feedback on all aspects of their Clinic work. Working in case/project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including organization and management, collaboration and teamwork, leadership and creativity, research skills, legal analysis and writing, communication skills and oral advocacy, cultural competency, interviewing, fact-finding, coalition building, and professionalism.  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.

In the classroom, students have the opportunity to bridge theory and practice. They critically engage with human rights law and contemporary social problems while sharpening their key lawyering skills.  Students examine the actors, subjects, and tools of the human rights movement, as well as critiques coming from left and right. Specifically, the seminar considers the evolution of the human rights movement both globally and in the U.S., how to locate litigation in human rights work, the. use of interdisciplinary methodologies, and ethical challenges in human rights work.

 

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Help Us Make a Difference

The Human Rights Clinic relies on charitable contributions to:

  • Offer high-quality legal support to underserved and disadvantaged communities
  • Give students firsthand experience in cutting-edge human rights litigation and advocacy at the local, national, regional, and international levels
  • Provide students with opportunities to engage in multidimensional legal advocacy, including:
    • Documentation and report-writing
    • Litigation
    • Media engagement
    • Work with legislative and administrative bodies
    • Campaigning
    • Community organizing
    • Global networking
  • Empower students to evaluate and propose reforms for laws and legal institutions
  • Invest in the next generation of skilled, ethical, and reform-minded lawyers
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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


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

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

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Practitioner in Residence
Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

SUPPORT THE COURAGE PROJECT

The Human Rights Clinic works to strengthen the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault locally in Miami, nationally, and globally through the COURAGE in Policing Project.

 

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

Support Us


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


FACULTY

Caroline Bettinger-López
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Law & Director, Human Rights Clinic
 

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

Denisse Montes
R. Denisse Córdova Montes
Practitioner in Residence
Human Rights Clinic & Lecturer in Law

STAFF

Rose Dominguez
Rose Dominguez
Senior Manager
(305) 284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu

 

Dalgys Estrabao
Dalgys Estrabao
Senior Manager
(305) 284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

SUPPORT THE COURAGE PROJECT

The Human Rights Clinic works to strengthen the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault locally in Miami, nationally, and globally through the COURAGE in Policing Project.

 

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