Sandra Babcock
Attorney for Humberto Leal; Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University Law School

SANDRA BABCOCK is a Clinical Professor and Clinical Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. From 1991 to 1995 she was a staff attorney at the Texas Resource Center, where she represented men and women on Texas’ death row. From 2000-2006, she was Director of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, a project funded by the Government of Mexico to assist its nationals in capital cases at trial and on appeal. She was counsel to the Government of Mexico in the case of Avena and other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States), a case brought by Mexico in the International Court of Justice on behalf of 52 Mexican nationals on death row. Professor Babcock lectures widely on the application of international law in death penalty cases, and has been engaged for several years in improving access to justice for prisoners facing the death penalty in Malawi. She continues to represent Mexican nationals facing the death penalty around the United States, including Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican national facing execution in Texas. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in 1986, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.