Professor Rachel López’s scholarship primarily focuses on methods of accountability
for human rights violations and reforms to transitional justice mechanisms. 

Prior to joining the law school, Professor López was a clinical teaching fellow and then
a visiting assistant clinical professor at Seton Hall University School of Law where she
supervised law students on a wide range of cases, including immigration, human rights,
death penalty, prisoners’ rights, family law, and civil rights cases, in both domestic
and international forums. Notably, she has represented victims of state-sanctioned
massacres in Grand Ravine, Haiti and co-authored a human rights report on medical
repatriation, the extrajudicial deportation of sick and critically injured immigrants by
U.S. hospitals. 

She also served as a cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and
worked on a class action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop and frisk
practices, litigation challenging the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance
of people within the United States, a petition for a thematic hearing on the human rights
consequences of the Iraq War before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,
Freedom of Information Act litigation concerning the attack of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
in 2010, and briefing in an Alien Tort Statute case seeking accountability for
persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda. 

Professor López clerked for the Honorable Justice Petra Jimenez Maes in the New Mexico
Supreme Court. From 2008-2009, she worked at the Open Society Justice Initiative in New
York, and its partner, Citizen Governance Initiatives in Cameroon, through the support of
fellowships from the University of Texas, School of Law and the American Society of
International Law. Her focus was on the advancement of rule of law in West Africa, in
particular as it relates to anti-corruption and freedom of information, and developing
litigation strategies for holding transnational corporations accountable in U.S. courts
for their corrupt practices and human rights abuses. Professor López received her B.A. in
Sociology, Political Science, and International Studies from Northwestern University and
her J.D. from the University of Texas, School of Law. She also has an LL.M. in French and
European Law from Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is fluent in Spanish and



The Judicial Expansion of American Exceptionalism, Duke Forum for Law & Social Change (2014)

In the modern era, there is a growing sentiment that when the gravest human rights...




Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation, Center for Social Justice and New York Lawyers in the Public Interest (2012)

This report, a collaborative project of Seton Hall University School of Law’s Center for Social...



Serving Up Solutions: A Best Practices Guide to high-quality customer service in the Los Angeles County Food Stamp Program and policy recommendations to improve participation (with Matthew Sharp), California Food Policy Advocates and United States Department of Agriculture (2004)

Despite their eligibility for vital nutrition assistance, too many low-income residents of Los Angeles County...