Veronica Michel

Veronica Michel

Veronica Michel
Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
Room number and address: 


Ph.D. University of Minnesota (2012, Political Science)


Verónica Michel, Assistant Professor of Political Science, received a BA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include human rights, victim's rights, criminal procedure reforms, norm diffusion, cause lawyering, and legal mobilization, comparative and international criminal justice, with a regional focus on Latin America. 

Her article "Human Rights Prosecutions and the Participation Rights of Victims in Latin America" (co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink) received the 2014 Best Journal Article Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. This award recognizes the best journal article on law and courts written by a political scientist that was published in the previous calendar year.

Her book, entitled Prosecutorial Accountability and Victims' Rights in Latin America (published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press), explains how the right to private prosecution has helped victims to fight for justice when a state is failing to investigate and prosecute crime. The book also argues that grassroots litigation efforts are helping build the rule of law from below in Latin America.

JJC Affiliations

Political Science, International Criminal Justice, MA in International Crime & Justice, and MA in Human Rights

Professional Memberships

Law and Society Association, International Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, American Political Science Association

Languages spoken/fluent in

Spanish, English

Scholarly Work


  • (2018) Prosecutorial Accountability and Victims' Rights in Latin America (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press)


Peer-reviewed articles.

1. (2017) The Role of Prosecutorial Independence and Prosecutorial Accountability in Domestic Human Rights Trials. Journal of Human Rights 16(2): 193-219.

2. (2016) “Human Rights Enforcement From Below: Private Actors and Prosecutorial Momentum in Latin America and Europe” (Co-authored with G. Dancy) International Studies Quarterly 60(1): 173-188. 

3. (2013) Human Rights Prosecutions and the Participation Rights of Victims in Latin America” (Co-authored with K. Sikkink)  Law and Society Review 47(4): 873-907. 

Other publications.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Courts, Procedural Justice & Sentencing
Human Rights

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Private prosecution, victims' rights, human rights, transitional justice, criminal procedure reform, norm diffusion, rule of law, and access to justice in Latin America.

Please visit my personal webpage for more information:


Online Presence
Faculty Website URL: