Human Rights Clinic

Welcome to the Human Rights Clinic

**Please note the Human Rights Clinic will resume in Spring 2018 since Director Carrie Bettinger-López has completed her White House appointment.**

The Human Rights Clinic will be offered at 6 credits in Spring 2018 only, and students may have the opportunity to take the Clinic in Summer and/or Fall 2018 for 3-4 credits per semester. Students must submit an application to enroll in the Clinic. Information sessions will be offered and applications for the Spring 2018 Human Rights Clinic will be accepted in Fall 2017. For further information, please email hrc@law.miami.edu.


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. 

Human 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.

Clinic 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

 Faculty and Staff

Caroline Bettinger-López

Caroline Bettinger-López
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Human Rights Clinic
(305) 284-5923, E-256
clopez@law.miami.edu

Support 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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Prospective Student Requirements
Clinic Projects
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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

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PHOTOS

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Miami Law Human Rights Clinic students with Professor Bettinger-López
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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.