Faculty and Staff

flores_claudia_2.jpgClaudia Flores

Director

Claudia Flores is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC). Flores has spent her legal career promoting and defending international human rights and U.S. constitutional rights. Her scholarship and advocacy has focused on: gender, race and ethnic equality: human trafficking and workplace rights of low-income and migrant laborers; and corporations and human rights. Flores has litigated in federal appellate and district courts in the U.S. and engaged in other forms of advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights system, the United Nations and legislative bodies.  She has advised international agencies and national governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America on constitutional reform and human rights. She has supervised research and advocacy in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Vietnam, Burma, East Timor, Mexico and Chile.

Prior to joining the faculty, Flores was a partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd, where she represented individual and class clients in civil rights cases.  Previously, she served as a legal advisor for the United Nations Development Program and U.N. Women in East Timor and Zimbabwe, co-authoring "The Politics of Enagement" for U.N. Women in 2014.  She also managed a program of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity to combat human trafficking in Indonesia. From 2004-2008, Flores was a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in the Women’s Rights Project. She began her legal career as a Skadden Arps fellow in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at City University of New York School of Law and, prior to that, as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson. 

Flores is on the faculty board of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights of the University of Chicago. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar and received her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Phone: 773-702-9494
Email: cmflores@chicago.edu

citro_brian_0.jpg Brian Citro

Associate Director

Brian Citro is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic. He is Director of "Developing a Rights-Based Approach to TB," a project funded by the University of Chicago Centers in Delhi, Beijing and Hong Kong and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was co-founder and Chair of the Human Rights Law Society.

Prior to joining the clinical faculty, he worked for two years in New Delhi, India as a Senior Research Officer to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Project Manager of the Global Health and Human Rights Database for the Lawyers Collective, HIV/AIDS Unit. He also worked on the implementation of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law as a Legal Consultant to the UN Development Program office of HIV, Health and Development. He has traveled extensively through his work with the UN Special Rapporteur and conducted UN country missions in Viet Nam, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, as well as regional UN consultations in Hungary, Russia and South Africa. He has published articles on issues related to the international right to health, access to medicines and the human rights responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies, and he has researched and drafted UN reports submitted to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council.

Phone: (773) 702-0758
Email: citro@uchicago.edu

Molly Blondell, IHR Clinic Administrative Assistant

Phone: (773) 834-3138
Email: blondellm@uchicago.edu

Former Faculty

Carrie Bettinger Lopez.jpg Caroline Bettinger-López

Former Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Acting Clinic Director

Caroline Bettinger-López was a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor in autumn 2014. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching concern international human rights law and advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education. She focuses on implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level, principally in the United States and Latin America. Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights system, the United Nations, and federal and state courts and legislative bodies. She is lead counsel on Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 2011), the first international human rights case brought by a domestic violence victim against the U.S.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and online and traditional media, including Harvard Human Rights Law Journal, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, American Journal of International Law, Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, New York Times, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and Jotwell.

Prior to joining Miami Law, Bettinger-López was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Lecturer-in-Law and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. There, she helped to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network, a network of over 450 lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies in the U.S. Before that, Bettinger-López worked as a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project, where she focused on employment and housing rights of domestic violence survivors; and as a law clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. Bettinger-López is a graduate of Columbia Law School and University of Michigan, where she studied cultural anthropology.

Sital's photo.jpg Sital Kalantry

IHR Clinic Founder and Former Clinical Professor of Law and Clinic Director

Sital Kalantry is the founder and former director of the IHR Clinic. She directed the clinic from Autumn 2013 through Spring 2014. She is currently a Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School where she founded the International Human Rights Clinic and co-founded the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice. Kalantry's scholarly work focuses on using quantitative approaches to understand and promote the enforcement of international human rights law. She received a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar grant to conduct research in India. Her works have been published in, among other places, the Human Rights Quarterly, the National Law Journal, and the Stanford Journal of International Law. She has extensive international human rights advocacy and litigation experience, particularly in the areas of women's rights and economic, social, and cultural rights. She has testified before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, submitted party and amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Appellate Courts, European Court of Human Rights, Indian High Courts, and the Colombian Constitutional Court and has lead fact-finding teams on several trips to India, Colombia, and Argentina to conduct research in connection with the publication of human rights reports. She was selected by law students at Cornell to receive the Dean Lukingbeal award in recognition of her contributions made to women students.

Kalantry is on the board of the International Innovation Corp, is a member of the lawyers advisory committee of Peace Brigades International, and served on the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Prior to entering teaching, she was an associate in the project finance group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, associate general counsel of a company that acquired Excite.com, and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers. Kalantry is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the London School of Economics and Cornell University.