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Lauren J. Carasik

Associate Dean of Clinics | Clinical Professor of Law
Education: B.A., Earlham College, J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
Courses Taught: Clinical Judicial Externship, International Human Rights Clinic, Law and Social Change, Legal Services Clinic, Legal Services: Skills Seminar
Office: L 337
413-782-1504

Professor Carasik practiced law in the elder unit at Merrimack Valley Legal Services before opening her solo practice concentrating in disability rights and mental health law. She left private practice to join the staff of the Center for Public Representation, a nationally recognized expert in the field of disability law, where she served as a supervisor for the Disability Law Clinic. After leaving CPR, Professor Carasik joined the faculty and has directed the Discrimination Law Clinic, where she served as voluntary counsel to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Legal Services Clinic, and has taught in the Judicial and Public Interest Externship Programs. Currently, Professor Carasik directs the International Human Rights Clinic. Her areas of interest include international human rights law, specifically focused on human rights and development, transitional justice and corporate accountability. Professor Carasik's scholarly work has appeared in the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review, and the Indiana Law Review. She also frequently writes commentary pieces.

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PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Lauren Carasik, Renaissance or Retrenchment: Legal Education at a Crossroads, 44 IND. L. REV. 735 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik,"Think Glocal, Act Glocal": The Praxis of Social Justice Lawyering in the Global Era, 15 CLINICAL L. REV. 55 (2008). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Justice in the Balance: An Evaluation of One Clinic's Ability to Harmonize Teaching Practical Skills, Ethics and Professionalism with a Social Justice Mission, 16 S. CAL. REV. L. & SOC. JUST. 23 (Fall 2006). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Shorter Writings

Lauren Carasik, Open for Business, Not Human Rights: Trump’s Priority in Central America, BOSTON REVIEW (July 24, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, The Muslim Ban: Did Trump Really Win?, ALJAZEERA (June 27, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Trump's Climate Disaster, ALJAZEERA (June 6, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Trump’s Sleight of Hand Will Bring Ruin to American Workers, BOSTON REVIEW (May 25, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Why Washington Was a No Show at Human Rights Hearings, ALJAZEERA (Mar. 27, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Lawsuit Filed Against Massachusetts Man for Alleged War Crimes Committed in Haiti, JURIST (Mar. 24, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Whom Do Sanctuary Cities Protect?, BOSTON REVIEW (Mar. 9, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Standing Rocked, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Feb. 22, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Former Haiti Coup Leader Pleads Not Guilty to US Drug Charges, JURIST (Jan. 15, 2017).

Lauren Carasik, Donald Trump's Cabinet Bodes Ill for the Planet, ALJAZEERA (Dec. 21, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, N. Dakota Pipeline Protest Is a Harbinger of Many More, ALJAZEERA (Nov. 21, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Showdown at Standing Rock: How Obama Can Still Reroute the Pipeline, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Nov. 9, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, A Dismal Day for Human Rights in the US, ALJAZEERA (Nov. 9, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Dakota's Dividing Pipeline: Indigenous Resistance Against Big Energy, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Oct. 2, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, Will Peace Bring Justice to Colombia?, BOSTON REVIEW (Sept. 7, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Donald Trump Doubles Down on Deportation Plan, ALJAZEERA (Sept. 4, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The United Nations Comes Clean After the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Aug. 29, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, New UN Secretary General Must Commit to Accountability, ALJAZEERA (Aug. 28, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Blood in Honduras, Silence in the United States, BOSTON REVIEW (Aug. 16, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Can Hillary Clinton Placate the Divided Left?, ALJAZEERA (July 31, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Donald Trump's Dangerous Demagoguery, ALJAZEERA (June 20, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Jimmy Morales Can't Fix Guatemala, FOREIGN POLICY (Mar. 16, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, Requiem for a Media Pioneer, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 26, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, El Salvador Must End Immunity for Wartime Crimes, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 21, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Washington Should Avoid Repeating Plan Colombia's Failures, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 9, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Environmental Injustice Goes Well Beyond Flint, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 6, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Obama and the Court, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Feb. 4, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, Hands Off Haiti: Why International Interference Is Hampering Recovery, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Jan. 18, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, Obama Must Halt Raids on Central American Refugee Families, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 11, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Impunity in Tamir Rice Killing Intensifies Demands for Systemic Reform, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 5, 2016). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, A Voice for Honduras' Voiceless: The Lasting Legacy of Berta Caceres, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mar. 22, 2016).

Lauren Carasik, Paris Climate Change Accord is Just the Beginning, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Dec. 17, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Venezuela's Electoral System Is Being Unfairly Maligned, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 30, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Leaders Cave to Popular Fear on Syrian Refugees, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 18, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Should Not Stonewall International Inquiry into Kunduz Attack , ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 11, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Brutal Borders: Mexico's Immigration Crackdown--And How the United States Funds It, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Nov. 4, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, US May be Complicit in War Crimes in Yemen, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 2, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, There Are No Peasants Here, FOREIGN POLICY (Oct. 23, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, Alabama's DMV Closures Reinforce Need to Restore the Voting Rights Act, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Oct. 15, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Will Oklahoma Put an Innocent Man to Death?, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Oct. 1, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Faulty Ayotzinapa Probe Indicts Mexico's Drug War, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Sept. 25, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Guatemala Needs Profound Change, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Aug. 31, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The End of U.S. Complicity in the Dominican Republic: How Washington Should Respond to the Humanitarian Crisis, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Aug. 20, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, Obama's Failure of Leadership on Gitmo, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Aug. 20, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Obama Fights to Continue Detention of Migrant Families, TRUTHOUT (Aug. 18, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Gutting Schools Won't Solve Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Aug. 11, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The World Bank has an Accountability Problem, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (July 22, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Close the Revolving Door Between Washington and Wall Street, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (July 18, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Equal Justice Remains Elusive for the Poor, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 29, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, House Hunters: How Reconstruction in Haiti Went So Wrong, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (June 21, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, Stop Mass Deportation from the Dominican Republic to Haiti, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 19, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Canada Confronts 'Cultural Genocide' Against Aboriginal People, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 16, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Revelations on FBI Spy Fleet Cloud Surveillance Reform, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 10, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, End Sexual Exploitation by Peacekeepers, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 5, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Stop Warehousing the Mentally Ill in Prisons, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 3, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Land-Rights Defenders Face Growing Threat, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (May 13, 2015). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, In Pro-Corporate Tribunals We Trust, FOREIGN POLICY (May 4, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Clouds Predictions, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 30, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Aid Proposal Could Worsen Violence in El Salvador, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 27, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Americans Have Yet to Grasp the Horrific Magnitude of the 'War on Terror,' ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 10, 2015). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Fighting Words: Tough Talk in Venezuela Won't Work, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Apr. 2, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, US Should End Solitary Confinement, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 30, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, France Should Fully Investigate Guantanamo Torture Claims, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 23, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, 26 States Sue Obama Over Immigration Plan, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 16, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, DOJ Clears Wilson but Excoriates Ferguson Police, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 6, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, In Abercrombie Case, Supreme Court Should Protect Religious Freedom, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 26, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Right to Counsel Must be Protected and Expanded, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 13, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Amnesty Tightrope: with the End Of A 50-Year-Old War At Stake, Colombia Must Strike a Balance with Rebel Fighters, FOREIGN POLICY (Feb. 9, 2015).

Lauren Carasik, Supreme Court Should Not Gut Fair Housing Protections, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 6, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Holder Assails Policing for Profit, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 22, 2015). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Real State of the Union 2015, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 19, 2015) (with Dean Baker et al.). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Venezuela Sanctions Highlight US Hypocrisy on Human Rights, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Dec. 18, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, No Guarantee the US Won't Torture Again, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Dec. 10, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Federal Appeals Court Spares Mentally Ill Man from Execution -- For Now, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Dec. 4, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Policies in Mexico Have Made Bad Situation Worse, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 24, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Executive Disorder: The Real Problem with Obama's Immigration Announcement, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Nov. 17, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, Release Senate Report on CIA Torture Program, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 12, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, UN Climate Change Report Warns of Severe and Irreversible Effects, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 5, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Deadly Deportations: How Obama's Immigration Policies Break the Law, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Nov. 5, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, There's an Epidemic on Trial in New York -- But It's Not Ebola, VICE NEWS (Oct. 27, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Blackwater Guilty Verdict Long Overdue, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Oct. 22, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Evo Morales? Incomplete Legacy, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Oct. 21, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Undermined: The Case Against International Arbitration Tribunals, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Oct. 1, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, Holder's Inconsistent Constitutional Legacy, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Sept. 30, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Exoneration of Death Row Convict Supports Abolitionists, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Sept. 10, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The American "Deportation Mill," BOSTON REVIEW (Sept. 9, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, United Nations Watchdog Blasts US for Persistent Racism, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Sept. 8, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Haiti's Fragile Democracy, JURIST (Aug. 31, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, The Second Tragedy of the Michael Brown Shooting, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Aug. 14, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Bad Role Models, FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Aug. 12, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, The Uphill Battle to Hold US Corporations Accountable for Abuses Abroad, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Aug. 8, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Development Déjà Vu, FOREIGN POLICY (July 28, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, US Should Not Gut Legal Protections for Immigrant Children, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (July 25, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Hondurans Don't Need Yet Another Neoliberal Boondoggle, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (July 20, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Minors Crossing US Southern Border Need Protection, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 19, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Commercial Land Grabs Threaten Global Food Ecosystem, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (June 12, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, How to Bleed a Country, FOREIGN POLICY (June 3, 2014).

Lauren Carasik, Idaho Gag Law Hides Horrors of AG Industry, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (May 30, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Chevron Uses Deep Pockets to Win Ecuador Legal Battle, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (May 16, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Long Struggle for Justice in Guatemala, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (May 12, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, New York Bar Association Urges U.S. to Push UN to Accept Responsibility for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti, JURIST (May 10, 2014),

Lauren Carasik, Obama Doesn't Deserve Deference on Drone Deaths, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (May 5, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, World Bank Tribunal Threatens El Salvador's Development, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 22, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Obama Continues Bush's Policies in Venezuela, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 8, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Toll of U.S. Invasion Haunts Iraq, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Apr. 4, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, El Salvador Gripped by Tension After Close Election, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 22, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Human Rights for Thee but Not for Me, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 12, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The UN Is Not Above the Law, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Mar. 6, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The US Should Respect Venezuela's Democracy, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 25, 2014). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Supreme Court Ruling Shields Corporations from Accountability, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 20, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Vatican Still Protects Pedophile Priests, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Feb. 11, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Retrogressive Anti-gay Law in Uganda Has Ties to the US, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 13, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Ambassador to Honduras Offers Tacit Support of Brutal Crackdown, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Jan. 7, 2014). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Susan Scott, and Azadeh Shahshahani, The Geopolitics of Election Approval: The US Response to Honduras and Venezuela, TRUTHOUT (Dec. 17, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, "Banana Republic" Honduras Open for Business After Tainted Election, TRUTHOUT (Dec. 3, 2013). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik & Azadeh Shahshahani, Honduras Presidential Election Demands an Investigation, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 28, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Rios Montt Edges Closer to Escaping Accountability for Genocide, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 14, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Honduras' Political Violence Threatens to Undermine its November Elections, ALJAZEERA AMERICA (Nov. 3, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, A Tale of Two Responses to LGBTI Violence, TRUTHOUT (Sept. 12, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Global Harms Need a Global Remedy: Small but Meaningful Victory Against Hudbay Minerals, TRUTHOUT (Aug. 22, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, Honduras: Where the Blood Flows and the Rivers Are Dammed, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Aug. 6, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Tragic Tale of Guantanamo Detainee #684, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (June 19, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Accountability for Transnational Corporations Must Be an Active US Goal in the Wake of the Kiobel Decision, TRUTHOUT (June 15, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, Honduras: When will the US Stop Funding Death Squads?, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (June 4, 2013). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Justice Postponed in Guatemala: Rios Montt and the United States Evade Reckoning with the Past, BOSTON REVIEW (May 28, 2013). Digital Commons.

Lauren Carasik, Unfolding Repression in the Shadows of the Guatemalan Genocide Trial, TRUTHOUT (May 17, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, Guatemala Illuminates Its Dark History With a Stunning Guilty Verdict for Rios Montt, TRUTHOUT (May 15, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, As the UN Evades Responsibility for the Cholera Epidemic, Haitians Continue to Suffer, COMMON DREAMS (May 13, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, More Blood Soaked Clothing in Bangladesh, COMMON DREAMS (May 3, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, Did Guatemala's President Try to Shut Down the Genocide Trial?, TRUTHOUT (May 3, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, Did the US Cover Up Its Role in a Deadly Honduran Counter-Narcotics Operation?, TRUTHOUT (Apr. 27, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, The Long Arc of Justice in Guatemala, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Apr. 22, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, US Funds Still Supporting Honduras Death Squads, JURIST (Apr. 22, 2013).

Lauren Carasik, When Fear Eclipses Justice, We all Lose: Shutter Guantanamo Now, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Apr. 7, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Kiobel Case: Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (April 1, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Campesino Communities in Honduras Being Devastated, One Family at a Time, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (March 31, 2013). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The United Nations' Role in Haiti's Cholera Outbreak, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Nov. 20, 2012). Digital Commons Cited by

Lauren Carasik, Our Men in Honduras: Losing Control of the War on Drugs, TRUTHOUT (Oct. 21, 2012).

Lauren Carasik, Guatemala's Past Casts an Ominous Shadow, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Oct. 19, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Our Men in Honduras: Losing Control of the War on Drugs, BOSTON REVIEW ONLINE (Oct. 18, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Courageous Guatemalan Jurist Under Fire, JURIST (Oct. 15, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Honduran Campesinos in the Crosshairs, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (April 6, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Legacy of a Massacre: The World Bank and the Chixoy Dam, COMMON DREAMS (March 24, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Haiti, Cholera, and the United Nations: Negligence and the Rule of Law, COMMON DREAMS (Feb. 29, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, Guatemala: Reconciliation or Retrenchment?, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH (Jan. 13, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik & Grahame Russell, Justice Delayed 30 Years in Guatemala, ALJAZEERA ENGLISH.COM (Jan. 4, 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik, The Chixoy Dam: A Time for Justice, PEACE AND FREEDOM MAGAZINE (Fall 2012). Digital Commons

Lauren Carasik & Nadine Cohen, OVERVIEW OF FAIR HOUSING LAWS (Lawyer's Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Ass'n 1990).