Ellie Happel
Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic
Haiti Project Director
Furman Hall 513

Ellie directs the Global Justice Clinic’s project on Human Rights in Haiti’s Emerging Mining Sector and co-supervises the Clinic’s work on legal empowerment, immigration, and access to justice. Ellie also co-teaches the Global Justice Clinic Seminar. Ellie lived and worked in Haiti between 2012 and 2017 and returns frequently in connection with her work.  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 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.

Recent Work and Publications
Press Releases and Statements
March 30, 2018
El Salvador’s Lesson for Haiti
View Document
Reports and Briefing Papers
October 26, 2017
Extraordinary Conditions: A Statutory Analysis of Haiti’s Qualifications for TPS
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