P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Maria Camila Bustos, 2019

Assistant Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Maria Camila Bustos is an immigrant from Colombia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Camila Bustos is an Assistant Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Prior to joining Pace, Professor Bustos was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Rights at Trinity College and a Clinical Supervisor in human rights practice at the University Network for Human Rights. She also served as a term law clerk to Justice Steven D. Ecker of the Connecticut Supreme Court and as a consultant with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).

Professor Bustos is a graduate from Yale Law School, where she received the Francis Wayland Prize and was a Switzer Foundation Fellow and a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. During law school, she worked at the Center for Climate Integrity, the Climate Litigation Network, and EarthRights International. Professor Bustos also co-founded Law Students for Climate Accountability, a national law student-led movement pushing the legal industry to phase out fossil fuel representation and support a just, livable future. Prior to law school, she worked as a human rights researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) in Colombia.

Professor Bustos’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the ABA Human Rights Magazine, and the first legal casebook on Earth Law. Her research and scholarship focuses on human rights law, environmental law, international environmental law, and climate change law. She is a frequent presenter on climate displacement, human rights, climate law, climate ethics, and more. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board of Law Students for Climate Accountability, is a Board Member of Breach Collective, and is a member of the Green Leadership Trust.

  • BA Environmental Studies, International Relations | Brown University 2016
  • JD Law | Yale University
Work History
  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Assistant Professor
  • University Network for Human Rights, Clinical Supervisor in Human Rights Practice | May 2022
  • International Refugee Assistance Project, Independent Consultant on Climate Displacement | May 2022
  • Trinity College-Hartford, Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Rights | August 2021
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