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Sahar Aziz Sahar F. Aziz
Associate Professor of Law
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Courses: National Security, Civil Rights Litigation, National Security & Race in a Post-9/11 America, Torts, Islamic and Middle East Law

Sahar F. Aziz joined the faculty in 2011 as an associate professor of law. Prior to joining Professor Aziz was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she taught national security and civil rights law. Professor Aziz served as a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she worked on law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil rights. Prior to joining DHS, Professor Aziz was an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits alleging a nationwide pattern and practice of gender discrimination in pay and promotion.

Professor Aziz began her legal career as an associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. where she conducted internal white collar crime investigations and an independent investigation on child trafficking in the Persian Gulf. Professor Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Professor Aziz’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on the post-9/11 era. Professor Aziz incorporates critical race theory, feminist theory, and constitutional law into her examination of the disparate impact of post-9/11 laws and public policy on ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups in the United States. Professor Aziz analyzes these issues in various contexts including employment, counterterrorism, criminal justice, and civil rights litigation. Professor Aziz also writes on rule of law and democracy in Egypt including gender rights, transparency laws, and election laws.

Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America and published numerous commentaries on national security, civil rights, and rule of law in Egypt on The New York Times, CNN.com, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, The Washington Times, The American Bar Association Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, Truthout.com, altmuslim.com, the American Constitution Society’s blog, and JURIST.com,. Professor Aziz has presented her work in various forums including at U.S. Congressional Briefings, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Aspen Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Atlantic Council, and the Texas Bar Association.

Professor Aziz earned her J.D. and M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas. She received her B.S. from the University of Texas in Arlington. She is a board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association.


Sahar Aziz, Independence with Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt's Failed Transition to Democracy, Penn State Law Review (forthcoming 2015) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Bringing Down an Uprising: Egypt's Stillborn Revolution, 30 Conn. J. Int'l L. 1 (2014) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Coercive Assimilationism: The Perils of Muslim Women’s Identity Performance in the Workplace, Michigan J. Race & L. (forthcoming Fall 2014) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Policing Terrorists in the Community, 5 HARV. NAT'L SEC. J. 147 (2014) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, U.S. Foreign Aid and Morsi’s Ouster, The Middle East Institute (August 2013).

Sahar Aziz, Democracy, Like Revolution, Is Unattainable Without Women, United States Institute of Peace (June 2013) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Revolution without Reform? A Critique of Egypt’s Election Laws, 45 GEO. WASH. INT'L L. REV. 1 (2013) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, The Muslim 'Veil' Post-9/11: Rethinking Women's Rights and Leadership, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (November 2012) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: Muslim American Women in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality, 9 HASTINGS RACE & POV. L.J. 191 (Summer 2012) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Egypt’s Protracted Revolution, 19 NO. 3 Human Rights Breif 1 (Fall 2012) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Caught in a Preventive Dragnet: Selective Counterterrorism in a Post 9-11 America, 47 GONZAGA L. REV. 1 (Spring 2012) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Terror(izing) the Muslim "Veil," The Rule of Law and the Rule of God, edited by Simeon Elsanmi, (Palsgraf Press 2014) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Countering Religion or Terrorism: Selective Enforcement of Material Support Laws Against Muslim Charities, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (September 2011) [SSRN]

Abdullah Musalem and Sahar Aziz, Citizens, Not Subjects: Debunking the Sectarian Narrative of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Bahrain, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (July 2011) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Sticks and Stones, Words That Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes Eight Years After 9/11, 13 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 33 (September 2010) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, The Laws on Providing Material Support to Terrorist Organizations: The Erosion of Constitutional Rights or a Legitimate Tool for Combating Terrorism?, 9 TEX. J.C.L. & C.R. 45 (Fall 2003) [SSRN]

Sahar Aziz, Linking Intellectual Property Rights With Research and Development, Technology Transfer, and Foreign Investment: A Case Study of Egypt’s Pharmaceutical Industry, 10 ILSA J. INT'L & COMP.L.1, Winter 2003 [SSRN]

Selected Presentations

"Law at the Crossroads of Revolution in Egypt," Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn., February 24, 2014.

"Community Surveillance: Strategizing for Solutions," Columbia Law School, New York, N.Y., August 15-16, 2013.

"The Arab Spring and Constitutionalism in the Middle East," Fordham Law School,  New York, N.Y., November 18, 2012.

"Consolidating the Change: Challenges of Writing New Constitutions at the Harvard Arab Weekend Conference," Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., November 10, 2012.

Testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, "Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Muslims and Arabs," Washington, D.C., November 9, 2012. Testimony available online.

Testified before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Strategic Enforcement Plan, Private, State and Local Government Sectors Roundtable," Washington, D.C., July 18, 2012. Testimony available online.

"Developing New Mechanisms to Promote the Muslim Charitable Sector Working Group," Brookings Institution's U.S. Islamic World Forum, Doha, Qatar, May 29-31, 2012. Featured in interview available online.

"After Afghanistan: Where To From Here?" Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, April 13-14, 2012.

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See Professor Aziz's scholarship at: http://ssrn.com/author=1459001