Mary Hansel is the acting director of the International Justice Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She also directs the Human Rights and Social Media Initiative at UCI. With funding from the Knight Foundation, the Initiative monitors and assesses developments in the regulation of online content moderation and their impacts on human rights. Much of the Initiative’s current work focuses on Facebook’s Oversight Board, as a salient development in the regulatory landscape.
Hansel has taught both clinical and doctrinal courses on international law and human rights. As a clinician, she has supervised a diverse array of human rights projects—from litigating before regional courts and treaty bodies to drafting human rights reports on timely issues to carrying out in-country field missions. Additionally, Hansel has taught a range of doctrinal courses on international law, including a course on the use of human rights standards and mechanisms in addressing social justice issues in the US.
Prior to academia, Hansel practiced commercial litigation and international arbitration at private sector law firms. She also worked on human rights matters at non-governmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and consulted on international criminal law issues for proceedings before the High Court of Uganda.
Hansel earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and her Master of Laws in Public International Law at the London School of Economics.
Hansel was an event speaker at the Dialogue.