Ellie Happel

Haiti Project Director, Global Justice Clinic  (email)


Ellie directs the Global Justice Clinic’s Haiti Project, Preventing Violations and Advancing Human Rights in Haiti’s Emerging Mining Sector.  She is based in Port-au-Prince. Ellie is a 2011 graduate of NYU School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Kern scholar.   Upon graduation, Ellie received the Arthur Helton Human Rights fellowship to work on cases of forced eviction in the internally displaced people (IDP) camps in Port-au-Prince.   Between her year as a Helton fellow and joining the Global Justice Clinic, Ellie served as the Deputy Regional Voter Protection Director in Miami, Florida for the Obama campaign.


During law school, Ellie was a student advocate in the Global Justice Clinic and in the Equal Justice and Capitol Defender Clinic.  Ellie worked on a study of the relationship between violations of economic and social rights in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince and represented individuals on Alabama’s death row in post-conviction appeals.  For this work and other, Ellie received the multi-school Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the American Clinical Legal Education Association.


Prior to law school Ellie worked in environmental justice and public health in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, and Washington, D.C., and led experiential education programs for Where There Be Dragons.  Ellie is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.  She holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.