Clinical Programs - International Human Rights

Faculty and Staff Biographies

Sital Kalantry, Clinical Professor of Law

Sital Kalantry is 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.  Prior to joining the clinical faculty at the Cornell Law School, she was director of and founded the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.  Her 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 US 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, Columbia, 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.  She 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, and counsel at O'Melveny & Meyers.

Education: BA 1994, Cornell University
Masters in Development Studies 1995, London School of Economics
J.D. 1998, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sandra Babcok, Clinical Professor of Law


Sandra Babcock specializes in international human rights litigation, access to justice, death penalty defense, international gender rights, and the application of international law in US courts. Through her clinical teaching, she has spent several years working on access to justice for prisoners in Malawi, where her advocacy-and the hard work of her clinic students-has led to the release of 54 prisoners.   She is also counsel to the Government of Mexico in the cases of Mexican nationals facing the death penalty in the United States, and was Mexico’s counsel before the International Court of Justice in Avena and Other Mexican Nationals.  For her work, she was awarded the Aguila Azteca, the highest honor bestowed by the government of Mexico upon citizens of foreign countries, in 2003.

Professor Babcock has argued cases before the International Court of Justice, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Supreme Courts of California, Texas, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

In addition to her clinical teaching, she teaches doctrinal courses on International Human Rights, International Women and Children’s Rights, and International Law and the Death Penalty. She spent the fall semester 2014 as the Fulbright-Toqueville Distinguished Chair at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie, teaching a seminar on international gender rights as well as an international human rights clinic.

Professor Babcock speaks French, Spanish, Italian, and conversational German.

Education: B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1986
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991