Rachel Lopez

Crane Fellow in Law and Public Policy 2023-24

A faculty member at the Kline School of Law for 10 years, López writes, teaches, and practices in the areas of criminal law, public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and post-conflict and transitional justice.

She has held visiting fellowships at research institutions around the world, including the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale Law School, the University of Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. In 2016, López researched transitional justice in Guatemala and Spain as a Fulbright Scholar.

López’s award-winning scholarship primarily focuses on state responsibility for mass atrocity, transitional justice, and the carceral state, with a particular focus on Eighth Amendment jurisprudence. She is also pioneering a new genre of legal scholarship called Participatory Law Scholarship, which is written in collaboration with authors who have no formal legal training, but rather expertise in law’s injustice through lived experience. One of these works, “Redeeming Justice,” which was published in the Northwestern University Law Review, was awarded the 2022 Law and Society Association Article Prize. López recently joined leading human rights experts as a co-author of the first law school textbook focused on domestic human rights in the U.S., Human Rights Advocacy in the United States (West, 2023).