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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.**

Latest Clinic News:

Vice President Biden Appoints Miami Law’s Carrie Bettinger-López - Human Rights Clinic Director - White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

Vice President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Caroline "Carrie" Bettinger-López as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Bettinger- López, a leading advocate for gender-based equality and human rights, has worked at local, national, and international levels to bring an end to violence against women.

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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:

    1. Gender Justice
    2. Stand Your Ground Laws
    3. Human Rights in Post-Earthquake Haiti
    4. Migrants’ Rights/Immigrants’ Rights
    5. Juvenile Justice
    6. United Nations(UN) Advocacy

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For Students: Basic Information & Requirements
Clinic Projects
Press Releases
News & Media Coverage


Caroline Bettinger-LópezCaroline Bettinger-López, runs the Human Rights Clinic and is currently on a leave of absence after being appointed the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women in 2015.

Watch video and presentation of Bettinger- López discussing the clinic.


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    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.

    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.

    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.

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