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Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Caroline Bettinger-López
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Human Rights Clinic
J.D. 2003, Columbia Law School
B.A. 1997, University of Michigan

Telephone: 305-284-5923   |   Office: E256
Curriculum Vitae   |   Publications   |   SSRN
Human Rights Clinic Website


“Women’s Rights, Gender, and Sexuality,” in DOCTRINE, PRACTICE, AND ADVOCACY IN THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM (ed. with James Cavallaro, Bernard Duhaime, Ariel Dulitzky, Stephanie Brewer, and Cecilia Naddeo), Oxford Univ. Press (UK) (forthcoming 2015).



“Stand Your Ground” Laws” International Human Rights Law Implications, 68 U. MIAMI L. REV. 1129 (2014).

Introduction: Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States: Implementation, Litigation, and Mobilization Strategies, 21 AM. U. J. GENDER SOC. POL’Y & L. 207 (2012) (Keynote address at Symposium on the Jessica Lenahan case).

The Challenge of Domestic Implementation of the International Human Rights Law in The 'Cotton Field' Case 15 CUNY L. REV. 315-334 (2012).

Implementing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights' Domestic-Violence Ruling, (with Elizabeth M. Schneider, Julie Goldscheid, Sandra S. Park, Ejim Dike, Lisalyn Jacobs, Margaret Drew, Mary Haviland), 46 CLEARINGHOUSE REV.: J. POVERTY L. AND POL’Y 113 (July-Aug. 2012).

Foreword: Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Violence, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Human Rights (with Alma Beltran y Puga, Jorge Contesse, Paola Garcia-Rey, Diana Hortsch, Risa Kaufman, Nicole Tuszynski), 65 U. MIAMI L. REV. 501 (May 2011).

Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice (with Deborah Weissman, Davida Finger, Sarah Paoletti, JoNel Newman, and Meetali Jain), 18 GEO. J. POVERTY L. & POL’Y 337 (Feb. 2011).

The Inter-American Human Rights System: A Primer, 42 CLEARINGHOUSE REV.: J. POVERTY L. AND POL’Y 581 (March-April 2009).

Human Rights at Home: Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation, 40 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 19 (Fall 2008).

Jessica Gonzales v. United States: An Emerging Model for Domestic Violence and Human Rights Advocacy in the United States, 21 HARV. HUM. RTS. L. J. 183 (Summer 2008).

Castle Rock v. Gonzales and the Future of Police Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence (with Emily J. Martin), Domestic Violence Report at 1 (Oct.-Nov. 2005).

Book Chapters

International Union, U.A.W. v. Johnson Controls: The History of Litigation Alliances and Mobilization to Challenge Fetal Protection Policies (with Susan Sturm) in CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES, eds. Myriam Gilles and Risa Goluboff, Foundation Press (2008).

Hebrew with a Cuban Accent, in CUBA: THE IDEA OF A NATION DISPLACED, State Univ. of New York Press (2007).


Representing Child Migrants (in the Midst of Our Border Crisis), JOTWELL (The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), Nov. 2014 (reviewing Shani M. King, Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors, 50 Harv. J. Legis. 331 (Summer 2013)).

Comparative Pragmatism versus Comparative Formalism in the Abortion Context, JOTWELL (The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), Apr. 22, 2013, (reviewing Rachel Rebouché, Comparative Pragmatism, 72 MD. L. REV. 85 (2012)).

The Human Rights of Non-Citizens: A New Unified Domain? Book Review of David Weissbrodt’s THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF NONCITIZENS (with Bassina Farbenblum), AM. J. INT’L L. (Oct. 2010).


Child Migrants in the Midst of Our Border Crisis, LAW PROFESSOR BLOG NETWORK: HUMAN RIGHTS AT HOME BLOG (Aug. 25, 2014).

Implementation of Lenahan v. U.S. and a Tribute to Jessica Lenahan, LAW PROFESSOR BLOG NETWORK: HUMAN RIGHTS AT HOME BLOG (July 25, 2014).

VAWA Is Not Enough: Academics Speak Out About VAWA, Statement by Caroline Bettinger-López, Donna Coker, Julie Goldscheid, Leigh Goodmark, Valli Kalei Kanuha, James Ptacek, Deborah Weissman, various websites (American Constitution Society, The Faculty Lounge, Columbia Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, IntLawGrrls, Family Law Profs, Feminist Law Professors,, (poverty law), Crim Law Profs, Sentencing Law and Policy, (progressive crime blog)), (Feb.-March 2012).

Inter-American Ruling Invites Global Rethink of State Protection Against Domestic Violence, INTLAWGRLS BLOG POST (Sept. 4, 2011).

Inter-American Court Rules Against Mexico on Gender Violence in Ciudad Juárez, INTLLAWGRLS BLOG POST (Jan. 18, 2010).

Other Publications

Deportations to Haiti: Still a Death Sentence (with Vince Warren and Sunita Patel), HUFFINGTON POST (April 8, 2011).

Domestic Violence is a Human Rights Violation (with Farrah Elchahal and Rachel Oostendorp (students)), New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, OPDV Bulletin (Fall 2011).

Protection from Domestic Violence: Time To Set a New Standard, Nat’l L. J. (Oct. 22, 2007).

The Dominican Republic: Grant Full Citizenship to All Born in the Country (with Indira Goris), THE MIAMI HERALD AND EL NUEVO HERALD, at 19A (June 9, 2007).