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.