Mary Hansel



Mary Hansel is an adjunct clinical professor at UCI Law, serving as Acting Director of the Clinic during the Spring Semester of 2021. Mary 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 law and human right issues.

Mary has taught both clinical and doctrinal courses on international law and human rights. As a clinician, she has supervised a diverse array of human rights projects—from litigating before regional courts and treaty bodies to drafting human rights reports on timely issues to carrying out field missions across the globe. She has also created clinical curricula that empower students to conduct human rights advocacy throughout their legal careers. Additionally, Mary has taught a range of doctrinal courses on international law, including a course on the use of human rights standards and mechanisms in addressing social justice issues in the U.S.

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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