Rachel López

Rachel López

Carr Center Fellow
Rachel López

Rachel López is an Associate Professor of Law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and was recently named as an Inaugural Dean’s Research Fellow. Her scholarship primarily focuses on state responsibility for mass abuse, transitional justice, and the carceral state. For her research on transitional justice in Guatemala, Professor López was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2016. She has also held visiting research fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in well-regarded law journals, such as the Northwestern Law Review, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. Her article, The Law of Gravity, was selected for the “New Voices in Human Rights and International Law” session at the 2020 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting. Her work has been featured in The Hill, Americas Quarterly, Opinio Juris, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Open Global Rights, and local affiliates of National Public Radio (NPR) and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

She is currently a co-chair of the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Society for International Law (ASIL). In addition, she is a co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network on Transitional Justice at the Law and Society Association (LSA) and serves on the Executive Committees of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Sections on Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Elder Law. From 2015 to 2019, she also served as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, as an appointee of Governor Tom Wolf.

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.