Elizabeth M. Iglesias

Professor of Law

J.D. 1988, Yale Law School
B.A., University of Michigan

Phone: (305)284-4050
Office: G269

Professor Iglesias holds a BA (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan and a JD (with honors) from Yale Law School. She is the co-founder of Latina and Latino Critical Theory, Inc. (LatCrit, Inc.) which she incorporated in 1998 and co-directed until 2003. In 1997, she designed the Project for Legal Economic, Development, Justice and Equality (PLEDJE) an innovative clinical program to promote micro-business development, immigrant rights & the use of NAFTA labor and environmental side accords through workshops, community based study circles and outreach to underprivileged high school students.

The PLEDJE project became the blueprint for and continues today as incorporated by the law school's Center for Ethics and Public Service. In 2000, she was recognized for her dedication and outstanding contributions to public service and to the citizens of Miami-Dade County as a founding member of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, to which she was then reappointed for a second term from 2000-2004.

Professor Iglesias has received numerous honors and awards as a scholar, activist, citizen and poet including the Most-Outstanding Faculty Award by the UM Public Interest Law Group, the Dean Thomas Lecture, Yale Law School, Women Who Make a Difference, presented by Miami Law Women, Elizabeth M. Iglesias Day, proclaimed by Alex Penelas, former Mayor of Miami-Dade County Florida, the Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award, presented by 7th Annual Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, and the Tompkins Poetry Prize.

In 2003, Professor Iglesias co-founded LisaLeine Productions, a multimedia production company devoted to the advancement of human rights through the creation, exhibition and distribution of independent film and art. Her first documentary, entitled "Scaring Miami: Anarchists, RoboCops and Corporate Globalization," explores the mass convergence of labor, environmental, peace and justice activists in Miami in November 2003 to protest the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

Other media works-in-progress include a multimedia project entitled "Katrina, the Privatization of Security and the Militarization of Public Services" and a non-linear interactive DVD entitled "Assaulting Truth". Professor Iglesias teaches courses in Constitutional Law, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law, Law and Political Economy and has published extensively in the fields of Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism, and LatCit Theory.

Professor Iglesias has been a licensed private pilot since 2003. She received her Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Rating in 2006.


Trump’s Insurrection: Pandemic Violence, Presidential Incitement and the Republican Guarantee, 11 U. Mia. Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 7 (2021).

Against Facism: Toward a Latcritical Legal Genealogy, 23 Harv. Latinx L. Rev. 233 (2020).

Universal Human Rights: A Matter of Necessary and Proper Concern for the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, 35 Int'l L.Q. 8 (2019).

Universal Human Rights: A Matter of Necessary and Proper Concern for the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, 35 International Law Quarterly 8-9 36-41 (2019).

When Impunity and Corruption Embrace: How the Past Becomes the Future in the Struggle against Torture and Genocide, 25 U.C. Davis J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 1 (2018).

Foreword: Article II: The Uses and Abuses of Executive Power, 62 U. Miami. L. Rev. 181 (2008).

Toward Progressive Conceptions of Black Manhood LatCrit and Critical Race Feminist Reflections: Thought Piece, May 2001, Progressive Black Masculinities 55 (2006).

Afterword to LatCrit V Symposium: LatCrit at Five: Institutionalizing a Post-Subordination Future, with Francisco Valdes, 78 Denv. U. L. Rev. 1249 (2001).

LatCrit Theory: Some Preliminary Notes Towards a Transatlantic Dialogue, 9 U. Miami Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2000).

Expanding Directions, Exploding Parameters: Culture and Nation in LatCrit Coalitional Imagination, with Francisco Valdes, 33 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 203 (2000).

Global Markets, Racial Spaces and the Role of Critical Race Theory in the Struggle for Community Control of Investments: An Institutional Class Analysis, 45 Vill. L. Rev. 1037 (2000).

Institutionalizing Economic Justice: A LatCrit Perspective on the Imperatives of Linking the Reconstruction of "Community" to the Transformation of Legal Structures that Institutionalize the Depoliticization and Fragmentation of Labor/Community Solidarity, 2 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 773 (1999).

Foreword: Identity, Democracy, Communicative Power, Inter/National Labor Rights and the Evolution of LatCrit Theory and Community, 53 U. Miami. L. Rev. 575 (1999).

Afterword: Religion, Gender, Sexuality, Race and Class in Coalitional Theory: A Critical and Self-Critical Analysis of LatCrit Social Justice Agendas, with Francisco Valdes, 19 Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 503 (1998).

Maternal Power and the Deconstruction of Male Supremacy in THE LATINO CONDITION: A CRITICAL READER, (1998).

 News / Media

Miami Law Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias submits comments in support of Judge Sotomayor

Miami Law's International and Foreign Graduate Programs host a seminar on the Roy M. Belfast Jr. trial

Miami Law Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias Spoke at Hamline University School of Law

Miami Law School Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias is Appointed to the Advisory Board of the New Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University in New Orleans

Miami Law School Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias Receives Appreciation Award from the University of Miami Law Review

Miami Law School Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias Files Briefs in Owaki v. City of Miami

 Presentations & Awards

Domestic Civil Justice and Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations Abroad: The Landscape in the U.S. and Canada (October , 2021)

David Hume’s Battle Against the Liberty of Indifference, the Republican Guarantee and Black Lives Matter: Reflections on the Being of America (March , 2021)

Politics, Pandemic, and the Future of Civil Rights and Poverty Law (January , 2021)

Civil Rights SCOTUS Review (February , 2021)

Insurrection as Sedition: Double Standards and the Politics of Florida’s proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act (February , 2021)

Joint Program of the Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Sections (September , 2020)

Trump’s Insurrection: Anti-Lockdown Protests, Black Lives Matter and the Republican Guarantee, Presenter, Defending and Promoting Civil Rights in a Time of Coronavirus (September , 2020)

Hume’s Treatise on Human Nature, the Framers’ Science of Government & Black Lives Matter (October , 2020)

The Impact of Government Sanctions on International Human Rights (November , 2020)

Against Fascism: Toward a LatCritical Legal Genealogy (July , 2020)

Hernandez v. Mesa: The Rule of Law, the Integrity of American Justice and The Extension of a Constitutional Remedy for the Wrongful State Deprivation of Life of Nationals of Countries other than the U.S. (January , 2020)

Teaching Comparative Law in International Criminal Law (January , 2020)

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Standards for Corruption (February , 2020)

Pawning Publius: Citizens United, McCutcheon and the Legal Structures of the American Political Economy (February , 2020)

Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit): A Project in the Production of Liberation (April , 2020)

Crímenes de Lesa Humanidad: Estructuras Legales y Estrategias Políticas para Combatir la Impunidad (September , 2019)

Against Fascism: A Nation Under Law Requires a Law of Nations (October , 2019)

Peaceful(ish) Protests, Mass Arrests and Militarized Police: The Intersection of Federal Civil Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (January , 2019)

Resistance in the Streets and Through the System: The Phenomena of Protest in the Trump Era, Joint Program of Sections on Civil Rights and on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, Annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (January , 2019)

Defending Defenders: Combatting Attacks on Lawyers, Judges, Journalists, and Other Human Rights Defenders (February , 2019)

Defending Human Rights: Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela (April , 2019)

Structures of Corruption: How the Past Becomes the Future in the Struggle Against Torture and Genocide (May , 2018)

Black Masculinities: Toward Progressive Conceptions of Black Manhood Workshop, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy (May , 2001)

Critical Race Theory and Union Discrimination (February , 2001)

What is Justice and How Do We Get There?: (Re)Envisioning Litigation as a Tool of Achieving Justice (February , 2001)

"LatCrit VI" (April , 2001)

Race, Social Justice and the Law: Building Identities, Coalitions and Theory From a LatCrit Perspective (November , 2000)

Political Economies of Subordination in LatCrit Perspective:"Piercing the Veils" of Class and Identity in Traditional Curricula (May , 2000)

LatCrit Theory and the "Coalitional Imagination:" AfricanAmericans in the Spanish Civil War (July , 2000)

Race, Class, Culture & Law: Creating Common Contextsof Struggle Through LatCrit Theory and Praxis (February , 2000)

Re-imagining Work, Women, Justice, and Authority- A WorkingConference (April , 2000)

LatCrit Theory and International Law: Lessons from a NewMovement (April , 2000)

Phone: (305)284-4050
Office: G269
Faculty Assistant

Sutton, Tina

Phone: (305)284-4241
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Criminal Law and Procedure

Websites and Blogs

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