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Racial Justice Speaker Series with Professor Maryam Jamshidi, Levin College of Law, University of Florida

Wednesday January 19, 2022

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

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"Political Accountability for Discrimination in National Security"

This talk examines the prospects for regular people to hold the government politically accountable for national security policies that undermine civil rights. In particular, it looks at how the rule of law impacts (and sometimes undermines) these political accountability efforts, including for national security programs that are facially neutral but disproportionately impact people of color, as well as programs that are explicitly discriminatory. This talk explores ways the law can better support grassroots efforts to politically check the government for national security policies threatening the interests and rights of people of color.

Professor Maryam Jamshidi teaches and writes in the areas of national security, public international law, the law of foreign relations, and tort law. Her scholarship examines the various ways in which private law, particularly torts, shapes and is transformed by public laws touching on national security and international law matters. In exploring these dynamics, Professor Jamshidi’s work draws on political and critical theory, as well as sociology. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the University of Colorado Law Review. She also regularly publishes in popular media outlets.

Prior to joining the Levin College of Law, Professor Jamshidi served as an Assistant Professor of Lawyering at the NYU Law School. She also worked as an associate in several leading Washington D.C. law firms, including White & Case, where she worked primarily on issues relating to national security and foreign relations law. Professor Jamshidi clerked for the Honorable Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Created in response to the tragic killings by police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others and the widespread protests that followed, UC Davis Law’s Racial Justice Speaker Series is now in its second year. 

Reaffirming the law school’s longtime commitment to racial justice, the series invites leading scholars from around the country to explore systemic racism as it pertains to all communities of color and areas of law.  The goals are to inform, enlighten, and - most important - engage in meaningful conversation with our King Hall community and the larger public. 

Co-sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

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