Prof Jeffrey Kahn

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Prof Jeffrey Kahn

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Jeffrey Kahn is University Distinguished Professor of Law and Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow at SMU. He joined the faculty in Fall 2006 and teaches and writes on American constitutional law, administrative law, Russian law, human rights, and counterterrorism. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar at the PluriCourts Centre in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo (2017-2018); O’Brien Research Fellow in Residence in the Faculty of Law at McGill University (Fall 2013); and visiting professor of law at the School of Law at Washington & Lee University (Spring 2014).

Kahn is the author of Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists (University of Michigan Press, 2013, paperback edition 2014), Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia (Oxford University Press, 2002), and National Security Law and the Constitution (Aspen, 2d ed., 2021) (with Geoff Corn, Jimmy Gurule & Gary Corn), as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. Among other publications, his articles have appeared in the UCLA Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewVirginia Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and others. His blog posts have been featured on Lawfare, Just Security, and Concurring Opinions.

His work on Russian law and comparative human rights law appears in various law reviews as well as the peer-reviewed journals Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Review of Central and East European Law. His latest research has focused primarily on the influence in Russia of the European Convention on Human Rights. In 2011, Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev’s Human Rights Council asked him─the one American among six other experts from Russia, one from Germany, and one from the Netherlands─to write an expert report on the second conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The report was subsequently cited by the European Court of Human Rights. Kahn described this work and its repercussions in an op-ed published in the New York Times. Other op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, and Dallas Morning News.

He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil., D.Phil., where he won the Hodgson Martin Prize for Best Dissertation for his doctoral work on Russian federalism), and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.). During law school, he served as a lecturer on European human rights law at summer training programs in Moscow for Russian lawyers sponsored by the Council of Europe. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to academia, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division, United States Department of Justice.

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