Mary Hansel



Mary Hansel earned her J.D. at the USC Gould School of Law and her LL.M in Public International Law at the London School of Economics. She has published and presented widely on international human right issues.

Mary joins UC Irvine from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. At Loyola, Mary taught courses on international human rights law, including a course on the use of human rights standards and mechanisms in addressing social justice issues in the U.S. Additionally, she served as Deputy Director of the International Human Rights Clinic; as such, she supervised diverse human rights projects and created a pedagogical curriculum to prepare students to conduct human rights advocacy throughout their legal careers.

Prior to academia, Mary practiced litigation and international arbitration at Irell & Manella and Bird, Marella, et al. She also worked on human rights matters at non-governmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and consulted on international criminal law issues for proceedings before the High Court of Uganda.

She recently completed her term as an Executive Committee Member of the California State Bar’s International Law Section. During her term, she served as Founding Chair of the International Human Rights Committee and Managing Editor of The California International Law Journal.

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