Rachel López is an Associate Professor of Law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. From 2016-2017, Professor López researched transitional justice in Guatemala first as a Fulbright Scholar and then a Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. From 2015 to 2019, she also served a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, as an appointee of Governor Tom Wolf.
Her scholarship primarily focuses on state responsibility for mass abuse and transitional justice. Her articles have appeared in well-regarded international law journals, such as the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. Her most recent article, The Law of Gravity, was selected for the “New Voices in Human Right and International Law” session at the 2020 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting. Her work has also been featured in The Hill, Americas Quarterly, Opinio Juris, Open Global Rights, and local affiliates of National Public Radio and NBC.
She is a co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network on Transitional Justice at the Law and Society Association and serves on the Executive Committees of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Elder Law Sections of the AALS.
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.