Associate Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-7372
BA, University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc., London School of Economics
JD, Columbia Law School
Professor Rana’s research and teaching interests focus on Comparative Business & Commercial Law, Private International Law, Business Organizations, Contracts, Securities Regulation, Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Banking Law, Trade Law, Immigration Law, and Administrative Law. In December of 2008 and 2009, Professor Rana taught courses in the Comparative Law of Credit and Guarantee as a Visiting Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. She has also researched microcredit systems in China under grants from the Fetzer Foundation and the U.S-China Legal Cooperation Fund. Professor Rana also has been extensively involved in policy and advocacy efforts in the areas of gender equity, technology policy, welfare reform, and immigration law.
In the spring of 2010, Professor Rana helped launch the law school’s new International and Comparative Law Clinic. This initiative aims to help students develop the cross-cultural competencies they will need to practice law in today’s global arena. Students in the clinic have worked on a variety of projects around the world including in China, Mexico, and Namibia. Professor Rana co-supervised the Clinic’s China project, where she helped develop innovative transactional and research-related commercial and business law projects.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Professor Rana was a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations, where she worked for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women during the Committee’s 38th and 39th sessions. Before that, she was in private practice, focusing primarily on commercial, corporate, and administrative law. She has worked for Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and Quinn Emanuel LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco, CA. She also clerked for the Hon. James R. Browning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Rana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (with University and Departmental Honors), where she was a Regents’ Scholar (“the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the University of California, Berkeley, to entering undergraduates”). She then earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (graduating with Distinction and a Mark of Distinction on her graduate thesis on Gender-Based Asylum Reform). She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an AAUW Selected Professions Fellow, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law. She was also a judicial extern to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Some of Professor Rana’s publications include:
Some of Professor Rana’s recent presentations and commentary include:
Taxation and Incentives in the Business Enterprise, in Enterprise Law: Contracts, Markets, and Laws in the US and Japan (Zenichi Shishido ed., forthcoming 2014) (with David Gamage). [Full Text]
Fulfilling Technology's Promise: Enforcing the Rights of Women Caught in the Global High-Tech Underclass, in Women, Science & Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies 322 (Mary Wyer et al. eds., 2d ed. 2008).
China's New Copyright Law Reforms: A Comparative Analysis, 55 Santa Clara Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
Philanthropic Innovation and Creative Capitalism: A Historical and Comparative Perspective on Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, 64 Alabama Law Review 1121 (2013). [Full Text]
Teaching Amidst Transformation, 8 Journal of Business and Technology Law 101 (2013). [Full Text]
Touched by Greatness, 73 Montana Law Review 21 (2012). [Full Text]
Book Review, Citizenship Under Fire: The Forging of the New Americans, 47 Tulsa Law Review 31 (2012) (reviewing Anna O. Law, The Immigration Battle in American Courts (2010) and Ediberto Roman, Citizenship and Its Exclusions: A Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Critique (2010)). [Full Text]
Chevron Without the Courts? The Supreme Court's Recent Chevron Jurisprudence Through an Immigration Lens, 26 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 313 (2012). [Full Text]
The Emergence of the New Chinese Banking System: Implications for Global Politics and the Future of Financial Reform, 27 Maryland Journal of International Law 215 (2012). [Full Text]
"Streamlining" the Rule of Law: How the Department of Justice is Undermining Judicial Review of Agency Action, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 829, reprinted in 30 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 715 (William S. Hein & Co. Publishers 2009). [Full Text]
From Making Money Without Doing Evil to Doing Good Without Handouts: The Google.org Experiment in Philanthropy, 3 Journal of Business & Technology Law 87 (2008). [Full Text]
Fulfilling Technology's Promise: Enforcing the Rights of Women Caught in the Global High-Tech Underclass, 15 Berkeley Women's L.J. 272 (2000). [Full Text]
Restricting the Rights of Poor Mothers, 33 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 393 (2000). [Abstract]