Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, directs the Law School’s Human Rights Program and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Her clinic works on a wide array of issues, including the rights of indigenous peoples to education, and their participatory rights in decisions about land and natural resource extraction; due diligence and gender-based violence in Haiti, the United States and elsewhere; and comparative legal analysis focusing on Iraq’s law reform process, among other topics. She has consulted with the Open Society Institute in Afghanistan and Lebanon on clinical legal education.
From 2000-03, Professor Hurwitz was the Cover/Lowenstein Fellow with the Schell Center and Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. She spent 1997-1999 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, first with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Human Rights branch, and then as director of Global Rights’ Bosnia program. Prior to that, she worked in Ramallah as executive administrator for a project involving human rights enforcement under a European Union-Israel trade agreement. She has worked with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (Washington D.C.), and as a consultant to Human Rights Watch, Women’s Division, and Global Rights, among others. She wrote Lawyering for Justice and the Inevitability of International Human Rights Clinics, Yale Journal of International Law (2003) and is the co-editor of International Human Rights Advocacy Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2009), for which she also wrote a chapter on "Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemmas of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium."
Professor Hurwitz earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.