Susan Akram is a Clinical Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. Professor Akram teaches in the Asylum and Human Rights project of the Civil Litigation Clinic in which she supervises law students who represent clients in refugee, immigration, humanitarian and human rights cases and projects. She also teaches Immigration Law and Policy, Comparative Refugee Law, and International Human Rights Law. Prior to joining the law school faculty in 1993, Professor Akram was the Executive Director of Bostonís Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project and the Directing Attorney of the Immigration Project at Public Counsel, a public interest law firm in Los Angeles. She was also Acting Director of the resettlement program for Iraqi refugees in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War.
Professor Akramís research in the areas of immigration law, refugee law, and domestic and international refugee advocacy was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching and Research Award for the 1999-2000 academic year. She used the award to research and write recommendations for a solution for Palestinian refugees in the context of the 1993 Oslo Talks, as well as to teach at the Palestine School of Law at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Professor Akramís recent publications include an entry on Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return, in the just-published Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, edited by Cheryl Rubenberg; Myths and Realities of the Palestinian Refugee Problem: Reframing the Right of Return in the MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies (2008); The Arab Charter on Human Rights 2004 (with A. al-Midani and M. Cabinettes) in the Boston University International Law Journal (2007); and International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Rights-Based Approach to Middle East Peace, co-edited with Michael Lynk, Ian Scobbie, and Michael Dumper, which will be published in December by Routledge Press.
Professor Akram received her B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds a Diplome in International Human Rights from the Institut International des Droits de líHomme, Strasbourg (France).