Michelle Liu is an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches the Human Rights Advocacy in Action Practicum. Professor Liu is the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown Law and she served as the Dash-Muse Senior Teaching Fellow from 2021 to 2022.

Professor Liu has taught international human rights law at Georgetown Law since 2018, when she became the Supervising Attorney & Teaching Fellow in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. Her work involved supporting NGO partners in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to advocate for women’s and children’s rights through litigation and legislative reform. She has led or supported human rights fact-finding missions to Botswana, Iraq, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Professor Liu is the author or co-author of several law review articles and other publications on women’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Her research areas include women’s and girls’ rights to equality and non-discrimination in all spheres of life.

After graduating from law school, Professor Liu was a corporate attorney at Linklaters, LLP in London, where she also supported several human rights pro bono matters—including on refugees and asylees, rule of law, and women’s reproductive rights in conflict areas. Before teaching at Georgetown Law, Professor Liu was a national political coordinator on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 2007 to 2008.

Professor Liu has a J.D. and an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown Law, and she was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow from 2018 to 2019.


Book Chapters & Collected Works

Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude, Chrispine Gwalawala Sibande, Susan Deller Ross & Michelle Xiao Liu, Abortion Law Reform in Malawi: A Case Study in Stakeholder Engagement, Public Education, and Human Rights Advocacy, in Research Handbook on International Abortion Law 82-102 (Mary Ziegler ed., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar Publishing 2023).