Nicole Phillips teaches Human Rights and Rule of Law in Haiti and leads an annual spring delegation to Haiti with faculty and students as part of the Hastings to Haiti Partnership and Haiti Justice Initiative.
Nicole is also is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, law professor at the Université de la Foundation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Haiti Analyst for Freedom House. She regularly provides legal analysis of on politics, earthquake reconstruction and gender disparity in Haiti to international media, including appearances with: CNN, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Al Jazeera, KPFA, NPR, PRI, Radio France International, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Associated Press, and Reuters. Nicole has appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and several United Nations human rights bodies on a variety of issues.
Prior to joining IJDH, Nicole spent ten years with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in Oakland, California, where she served as general counsel to labor unions and employee benefit trust funds across the country, arbitrated collective bargaining disputes, and managed a caseload in federal and state courts involving labor, employment, health, and environmental regulations.
Nicole has authored several academic publications, human rights reports, and editorial pieces, including Judicial Corruption in Haiti: The Need for Discipline and Civil Society Participation, 39 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 1, 183 (2015), co-authored with Mario Joseph; Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark eds. 2015), authored Chapter 4, The vital role of grassroots movements in combatting sexual violence and intimate partner abuse in Haiti; Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake (Kumarian Press, 2012), co-authored Chapter 9, Rights and Public Health; A Rights-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti, 10 Nw. U. J. Int'l Hum. Rts. 7 (2011), co-authored with Meena Jagannath and Jeena Shah; Enforcing Remedies from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Forced Evictions and Post-Earthquake Haiti, 19 No. 1 Hum. Rts. Brief 13 (2011), co-authored with Kathleen Bergin, Jennifer Goldsmith and Laura Carr; No cheerleading for Martelly, Miami Herald Tribune, Jan. 21, 2015; Reinstatement of criminal case against Duvalier momentous victory for Haitians, Boston Haitian Reporter, March 2014; Facing man-made disaster in Haiti: Failed policies leave people with few options, Houston Chronicle, November 8, 2010; and Members of Congress are right to urge changes to Haiti’s flawed electoral process, The Hill, October 11, 2010.
Nicole graduated from the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Francisco School of Law. She recently completed the Mindfulness Lawyers Teacher Training program.