Veronica Michel

Veronica Michel

Associate Professor
Phone number: 
212-621-3733
Room number and address: 
9.65.11

Education

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

Bio

Verónica Michel, Associate 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 book, entitled Prosecutorial Accountability and Victims' Rights in Latin America (published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press), received the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In her book, Michel 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. 

Also, 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.

 

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

Course Taught

ICJ310, ICJ715, ICJ770, POL259, POL320, POL385-6, POL409, HR702

Languages spoken/fluent in

Spanish, English

Scholarly Work

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (for all publications consult the CV)

Books

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

 

Peer-reviewed article

(2020) Judicial Reform and Legal Opportunity Structure: The Emergence of Strategic Litigation Against Femicide in Mexico” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 82: 27-54 

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

(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. 

(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. 

 

Honors and Awards

2020 Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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: http://www.veronicamichel.com

 

Online Presence
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