Amy Van Zyl-Chavarro

Amy Zyl-Chavarro
Amy Van Zyl-ChavarroAdjunct Professor of Law

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Amy Van Zyl-Chavarro, native to Colombia, has been teaching human rights law for the past seven years.  She earned her Juris Doctor, with a concentration in international law, from Suffolk Law School.  Professor Chavarro has been involved in several research and writing projects, primarily focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples under both international human rights law and U.S. domestic law.  Her publications are mainly centered around the rights of indigenous peoples in relationship to education and media as defined by the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  She has also partnered with Suffolk University Law School’s Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Clinic in litigating a case before the Inter-American Human Rights system against Guatemala, regarding indigenous peoples’ rights to their own forms of media. Almost a decade after filing an initial petition with the Inter-American Commission, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights published its ruling in December, 2021.  Advocacy efforts to push for domestic implementation of the Court’s judgment are ongoing. Professor Chavarro has also worked with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), helping with some of their cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Prior to devoting herself fully to practicing human rights law, she spent a decade working in immigration law and advocacy, assisting refugees and immigrants in the U.S. with various types of immigration procedures, including asylum and family reunification cases.

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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.