Claudia M. Flores

Claudia M. Flores

Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Global Human Rights Clinic

Claudia Flores is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and the director of the Global Human Rights Clinic (GHRC), a clinical program dedicated to advancing global justice by strengthening human rights around the world. GHRC represents individuals and organizations advocating for human rights and supports communities engaged in movement building. Under Professor Flores’ directorship, GHRC’s work has received international recognition and been featured in The Guardian, Washington Post, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and the ABA Journal, among others.

Professor Flores’ research and advocacy focuses on issues of inequality and failures of good governance and rule of law. She has lectured and written on a variety of topics including constitution-making and reform processes; the rights of women and migrants; and human rights and policing.

Professor Flores advises governments on state obligations under the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in constitutional and legislative drafting processes. She served as Senior Advisor on Gender and the Constitution for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Zimbabwe during the 2013 constitutional reform process; Legal Advisor for UN Women in East Timor on gender equality and women’s human rights; and Technical Advisor and Program Manager for a USAID Program in Indonesia implementing the state’s obligations under the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

Professor Flores was also a civil rights litigator in the United States. She was a law partner in the civil rights practice of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick and Dym where she specialized in civil and human rights violations of low-wage immigrant workers. She worked as a staff attorney at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in the Women’s Rights Project from 2003-2008.

Flores was a recipient of the Skadden Arps Fellowship of the Skadden Foundation and law clerk to US Federal Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson. She was also a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and Sinsheimer Service Fellow. Flores earned her JD from New York University School of Law and received her BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish.


New York University School of Law
JD, May 2002 

University of Chicago
BA in Philosophy, June 1997


The University of Chicago Law School
Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, 2015-present
Clinical Professor of Law, 2021-present
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2018-2021
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2015-2018

Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym Chicago, IL
Partner, 2012-2015

United Nations Development Program/ UN Women Harare, Zimbabwe
Senior Gender and Constitutional Expert, 2011-2012

United Nations Development Fund for Women Dili, East Timor
Legal Advisor, 2010-2011

American Center for International Labor Solidarity Jakarta, Indonesia
Program Manager, 2008-2010

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) New York, New York
Supervising Attorney, 2004-2008

International Women's Human Rights Clinic CUNY School of Law Flushing, New York
Skadden Arps Fellow, 2003-2004

Judge Harry Pregerson, U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles, California
Law Clerk, 2002-2003

International Process and Justice Project, Trinity University UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania
Law Clerk, 2001

Legal Resources Center, Constitutional Litigation Unit Johannesburg, South Africa
Law Clerk, Summer 2000

California Appellate Project (CAP) San Francisco, California
Legal Investigator, 1997-1999

Books (Author)

  • No Free Pass to Harass: A Guide to Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Women Workers in Sexual Harassment Cases (ACLU/NELP, 2007).www

Journal Articles

  • "Global Impunity: How Police Laws & Policies In The World’s Wealthiest Countries Fail International Human Rights Standards," 49 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 243 (2021) (with Brian Citro, Nino Guruli, Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat, Chelsea Kehrer & Hannah Abrahams). www
  • "Beyond the Bad Apple—Transforming the American Workplace for Women after #MeToo," 2019 University of Chicago Legal Forum 85 (2019). www
  • "The Arbitrariness of Proportionality Reviews: The Failure of Safeguards to Limit the Death Penalty," 2 N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change 139 (2001).

Book Sections

  • "The Long Road Ahead: The First Period of a Gender-Responsive Constitution in Zimbabwe," in From Parchment to Practice: Implementing New Constitutions, Tom Ginsburg & Aziz Z. Huq eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • "Reflections on the Rights of Nature," in Collected Essays on Botanical Speculations, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Cambridge Scholars, 2018) (with Amber Ginsburg & Sarah Black).
  • "The Politics of Engagement: Women’s Participation and Influence in the Constitution-Making Process in Zimbabwe," in Gender in Constitutional Law, Catharine A. MacKinnon ed. (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2018) (with Patricia Made).

Other Publications

  • "How to Become a Clinical Law Professor," Summary, Judgment, June 25, 2020. www
  • Access Denied: Internet Access and the Right to Education in South Africa, (University of Chicago Law School Global Human Rights Clinic). 2020) (with Nino Guruli). cu
  • Deadly Discretion: The Failure of Police Use of Force Policies to Meet Fundamental International Human Rights Law and Standards, (University of Chicago Law School, International Human Rights Clinic). 2020) (with Nino Guruli & Brian Citro). cu
  • Human Rights Implications of Global Surrogacy, (University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic, submitted to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). 2019) (with Nino Guruli). cu
  • "We Must Protect Migrant Children from Abuse by U.S. Border Patrol," Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2018. www
  • Neglect and Abuse of Unaccompanied Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic, ACLU Border Litigation Project of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and ACLU Border Rights Project). 2018). cu
  • Defending Dissent: Towards State Practices that Protect and Promote the Rights to Protest, (University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations). 2018). cu
  • "The United Nations Needs Reform, Not Criticism of its Purpose," Fortune, September 25, 2017. www
  • Resolving Land Disputes Through Restitution Mechanisms in Myanmar: A Comparative Analysis of Country Case Studies, (University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic for Oxfam Burma). 2017). cu
  • Gender-Sensitive and Gender-Effective Strategies in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Lessons from Tunisia, Kenya and the United States, (University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic submitted to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). 2017). cu
  • The Politics of Engagement: Women's Participation and Influence in Constitution-making Processes, (UN Women, United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). 2014) (with Patricia Made).
  • “Deadly Discretion: The Failure of Police Use of Force Policies to Meet Fundamental International Human Rights Law and Standards,” Colloquium on the Crisis in Policing, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois (June 2020) (speaker)
  • “Caravan and Invasions – Human Rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” University of Chicago Alumni Association Harper Lecture, University of Chicago, Los Angeles, California (April 2019) (keynote).
  • “Human Rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Children, Asylum and Deterrence-Oriented U.S. Immigration Policy,” Conference on Immigration and Human Rights at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, University of Chicago, Paris, France (March 2019) (invited speaker and panelist).
  • “Institutional Response to Sexual Harassment and Assault”, University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2018 Symposium: Law in the Era of #MeToo, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (November 2018) (panelist).
  • “Crisis in Myanmar: The Rohingya Refugees & The American Response”, University of Chicago Institute for Politics and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (May 2018) (moderator and commentator).
  • “Current Issues in the Clinical Practice of International Human Rights Law: Views from the Midwest”, American Society for International Law Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (April 2018) (invited speaker and panelist).
  • “Crisis and Abuse of the Rohingya in Myanmar: The Role of Land – Use, Development and Disputes”, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Lecture (CLE), Denton, Chicago, Illinois (February 2018) (invited speaker).
  • “Gender-Effective and Gender-Sensitive in Preventing Violent Extremism”, U.N. Taskforce on Counter- Terrorism, New York, New York (October 2017) (invited speaker).
  • “Towards a Better Path to Gender Equality – De Jure and De Facto”, Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender Symposium on Feminism in the Age of Trump, New York, New York (March 2017) (invited speaker and panelist)
  • “Strengthening Women’s Human Rights Through Constitutional Reform”, International Seminar on Democracy, Gender Equality and the Constitution, organized by President Bachelet, U.N. Women and Ministry of Gender Equality, Santiago, Chile (July 2016) (invited speaker).
  • “Women in Global Leadership – Comparative Laws on Women’s Political Leadership and Participation”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (June 2016) (invited speaker)
  • “Human Trafficking, Labor Migration and Migration Control in Historical Perspective”, Pozen Center for International Human Rights Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (October 2015) (moderator and panelist).
  • “Gender Audit of Draft Constitution”, Seminar for United Nations Zimbabwe Women’s Gender Forum, Harare, Zimbabwe (August 2012) (invited expert).
  • “Gender and the Constitutional Reform Process: Content, Consultation and Implementation”, Seminar for Zimbabwe Constitutional Select Committee, Harare, Zimbabwe (April 2012) (invited expert).
  • “Gender Equality and the Constitution: Best Practices and Comparative Examples” Seminar for Embassies, International Agencies and Donors, Harare, Zimbabwe (January 2012) (invited expert).
  • “Equality in Political Representation: Constitutional Models for Achieving Gender Equality”, Seminar for Group of 20 Zimbabwean Women Leaders, Harare, Zimbabwe (November 2011) (invited expert).
  • “Towards a Zimbabwean Constitution that Promotes Gender Equality” Seminar for the Group of 20 Zimbabwean Women Leaders, Harare, Zimbabwe, (November 2011) (invited expert).
  • “Legal Framework for the Law Against Domestic Violence”, Seminar for U.N. Women and Government of Timor-Leste, Dili, Timor-Leste (September 2010) (invited expert).
  • “Conceiving a New World Order: Labor Rights as Human Rights,” Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Human Rights Law & Policy Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 2006) (panelist).
  • “Labor Trafficking and Human Rights,” Global Fund for Women Summit on Human Trafficking, New York, New York (May 2006) (panelist).
  • “Human Trafficking and U.S. Immigration Policy: Hurting or Helping the Most Vulnerable?”, Amnesty International USA Human Rights Conference, New York, New York (April 2006) (panelist).
  • “Advancing Victim’s Rights through Civil Litigation,” Freedom Network 4th Annual National Convention, Shaping the Future: New Voices and Strategies on Human Trafficking, New York, New York (March 2006) (panelist).

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 Convocation Keynote Speaker, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois.
  • 2017 Alumni Trailblazer Award Recipient, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois. 2016 Justice Circle Award Recipient, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2003 Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow, Skadden Arps Foundation, New York, New York.

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Admissions: New York (Dec. 2003), Illinois (Oct. 2013) and Wisconsin (Feb. 2014)