Assistant Professor of Law
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
J.D. Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
Human Rights Law
Latin American Law
Law & Society
Public international law; Comparative law; Latin America; Human rights; Judicial Politics
Before joining the UW faculty in 2007, Professor Huneeus was a fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. She received her Ph.D. (2006) and her J.D. (2001) from the University of California, Berkeley. Alexandra Huneeus studies international law, comparative law and human rights from a political perspective. She teaches public international law, international human rights, sociology of law, and Latin American law.
Professor Huneeus is currently working on a project that examines the evolution of regional human rights systems, focusing on the Inter-American System for Human Rights. Her article International Criminal Law by Other Means: the Quasi-Criminal Jurisdiction of the Human Rights Courts, will appear in the American Journal of International Law in 2013, and won the AALS 2013 Scholarly Papers Competition. She is the editor (with Javier Couso and Rachel Sieder), of Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Other article include Courts Resisting Courts: Lessons from the Inter-American Court's Struggle to Enforce Human Rights, in the Cornell International Law Journal (44:3), and Judging from a Guilty Conscience: The Chilean Judiciary's Human Rights Turn, in Law and Social Inquiry (2010) (a peer-review journal).
As a fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law School in 2004, Professor Huneeus supervised students bringing a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She also worked on the case against Augusto Pinochet in Chile and Spain, through the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco. Prior to her turn to law, Professor Huneeus worked as an editor and journalist in Santiago, Chile, and in San Francisco, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week, El Mercurio, and America Economia.